from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that climbs, especially a person who climbs mountains.
  • n. Sports A device, such as a crampon, used in mountain climbing.
  • n. A plant that climbs.
  • n. A person who avidly seeks a higher social or professional position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who climbs.
  • n. A plant that climbs, such as a vine.
  • v. To climb; to mount with effort; to clamber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant that climbs.
  • n. A bird that climbs, as a woodpecker or a parrot.
  • intransitive v. To climb; to mount with effort; to clamber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To climb; mount with effort; clamber.
  • n. One who or that which climbs, mounts, or rises; one who ascends by labor or effort.
  • n. In botany, a plant that rises by attaching itself to some support; specifically, in England, the virgin's-bower, Clematis Vitalba.
  • n. plural In ornithology, the birds of the old order Scansores, as the parrots, cockatoos, woodpeckers, etc.: so called from their climbing habits. They have two toes before and two behind.
  • n. A locomotive with driving-wheels fitted to a cog-rail, for ascending steep grades.
  • n. plural Same asclimbing-irons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a vine or climbing plant that readily grows up a support or over other plants
  • n. someone who climbs as a sport; especially someone who climbs mountains
  • n. someone seeking social prominence by obsequious behavior
  • n. someone who ascends on foot
  • n. an iron spike attached to the shoe to prevent slipping on ice when walking or climbing


to climb + -er (Wiktionary)
From climb; compare clamber. (Wiktionary)



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