Meaning of DESCENDER in English

I. descender noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French descendre to descend — more at descend

law , obsolete : descent : title of descent

II. de·scend·er də̇ˈsendə(r), dēˈ- noun

( -s )

Etymology: descend + -er

1. : one that descends

the solitary descender from the train — James Schuyler


a. : the part of a lowercase letter (as q, p, y, f ) that is lower than the lowest part of an x-height letter (as o, a, e) ; also : a corresponding short tail to a letter whose lower limit does not exceed or markedly exceed the lower limit of an x-height letter

b. : a descending letter or character (as g and ;) ; also : the descending part of a descending character

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