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ascender

[ə′sen·dər]
(graphic arts)
That part of some lowercase letters which extends above the main body, as in b, d, and h.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ascender

(text)
A lowercase letter that extends above the "x-height" (the height of the letter "x"), such as "d", "t", or "h". Also used to denote the part of the letter extending above the x-height.

Compare descender.
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ascender

The part of lowercase b, d, f, h, k, l, and t, that extends above the body of the letters. See typeface.


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References in classic literature ?
Before my highest mountain do I stand, and before my longest wandering: therefore must I first go deeper down than I ever ascended:
Quasimodo ascended the tower staircase for the sake of ascending it, for the sake of seeing why the priest was ascending it.
They had now ascended to a great height above the level of the plains, yet they beheld huge crags of granite piled one upon another, and beetling like battlements far above them.
He then remounted his feet, ascended to the pulpit, and resumed his discourse, making no allusion to the incident.
The various expeditions that had ascended the Nile could never manage to reach the mysterious source of that river.
Here again, therefore, it seems fair to infer that--with ordinary caution, and presence of mind--any man, or men, might have ascended by the ladder, and might have descended again, unobserved.