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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.
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.
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ascenderThe 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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