descender

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descend +‎ -er (agent suffix)

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descender (plural descenders)

  1. A person or thing that descends.
  2. (typography) The part of a lowercase letter that is drawn below the bottom of lowercase letters, such as the tail of the letters g, p, and q.
  3. (cycling) A cyclist who excels at fast descents.
  4. A belay device used in rock climbing

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese decender, borrowed from Latin dēscendere, present active infinitive of dēscendō. Compare descer, probably an inherited doublet.

Verb[edit]

descender (first-person singular present indicative descendo, past participle descendido)

  1. (intransitive) to descend (to pass from a higher to a lower place)
  2. (genealogy, with de) to descend (from) (to have as an ancestor)
  3. (etymology, with de) to descend (from) (to have as an etymon)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Spanish decender, decendir, borrowed from Latin dēscendō, dēscendere. Compare also the Old Spanish form deçir, which was likely inherited from the same source[1].

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Castilian) IPA(key): /desθenˈdeɾ/, [d̪esθẽn̪ˈd̪eɾ]
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): /dessenˈdeɾ/, [d̪essẽn̪ˈd̪eɾ]

Verb[edit]

descender (first-person singular present desciendo, first-person singular preterite descendí, past participle descendido)

  1. to descend

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  • Rule: e becomes ie in stressed syllables.

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