• WordNet 3.6
    • n climber an iron spike attached to the shoe to prevent slipping on ice when walking or climbing
    • n climber someone who climbs as a sport; especially someone who climbs mountains "the lead climber looked strong still but his partner often slumped in his ropes"
    • n climber someone who ascends on foot "a solitary mounter of the staircase"
    • n climber someone seeking social prominence by obsequious behavior
    • n climber a vine or climbing plant that readily grows up a support or over other plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As of Dec. 31, 2000, the number of climbers summiting Mt. Everest reached 1314, and the number of deaths on the mountain reached 167.
    • n Climber (Bot) One who, or that which, climbs
    • v. i Climber To climb; to mount with effort; to clamber.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n climber One who or that which climbs, mounts, or rises; one who ascends by labor or effort.
    • n climber In botany, a plant that rises by attaching itself to some support; specifically, in England, the virgin's-bower, Clematis Vitalba. Climbing plants are distinguished as stem-climbers, which, like the hop, wind upward around an upright support, and as tendril-climbers, which, like the grape-vine, cling to adjacent objects by slender coiling tendrils. Other plants climb also by means of retrorse bristles or spines, or by means of rootlets.
    • n climber 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 climber A locomotive with driving-wheels fitted to a cog-rail, for ascending steep grades.
    • n climber plural Same asclimbing-irons.
    • climber To climb; mount with effort; clamber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Climber one who or that which climbs: :
    • ns Climber (pl.) an old-fashioned popular title for several orders of birds whose feet are mainly adapted for climbing
    • ns Climber (bot.) those plants which, having weak stems, seek support from other objects, chiefly from other plants, in order to ascend from the ground
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  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Hasty climbers have sudden falls.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Climb; cf. Clamber
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. climban; cf. Ger. klimmen; conn. with Clamber and Cleave, to stick.


In literature:

It was he who had sent the climber up the wall, having thrust a pistol behind the fellow's ear.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
In London he was a social climber, in spite of his gold; here he was a sole autocrat of the camp.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
The tree climbers took their toll, but did a good job of planting.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The Scotch are expert climbers, and I was now a Scot in most things, particularly in language.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Borrow
It feeds on insects and is a good climber.
"Pathfinder" by Alan Douglas
The Scotch are expert climbers, and I was now a Scot in most things, particularly in language.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
It is a splendid tree-climber.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
This animal is a good tree-climber, and usually takes refuge among the higher branches when pursued.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
But every little while the climber had to stop and rest.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
He's grown a nighthawk, a garden-breaker, a tree-climber!
"The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio" by Giovanni Boccaccio
Find us such climbers now!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866" by Various
The climber reached the arms that form the cross.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
But Rube was too good and cautious a climber to make a mistake.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
One bold climber proposed to go up and shake it down.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
For a consideration they will boost wealthy Climbers into Society.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
He is the best climber in the country.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various
Then I found that, despite the new motor, my machine was not a rapid climber.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
We look up, as a climber may do in some Alpine ravine, upon the smooth gleaming walls of the cliff that rises above us.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Mrs. Poppit was a climber: that was what she was, and Miss Mapp was obliged to confess that very nimble she had been.
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
Climbers, too, have differently-made feet.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart

In poetry:

Hunter and climber of trees,
Now doth his tomahawk rust,
(Dread of the cunning wild bees),
Hidden in hillocks of dust.
"Aboriginal Death Song" by Henry Kendall
Thou straggler into loving arms,
Young climber up of knees,
When I forget thy thousand ways,
Then life and all shall cease.
"Parental Recollections" by Charles Lamb
As one who, journeying, checks the rein in haste
Because a chasm doth yawn across his way
Too wide for leaping, and too steeply faced
For climber to essay—
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
The boldest climbers have its face forsworn,
Sheer as a wall it doth all daring flout;
But benchlike at its base, and weather-worn,
A narrow ledge leans out.
"Kismet" by Jean Ingelow
Now their lips and their hands are of wonderful hue,
And skinless their noses, that 'erst were so blue:
And they find to their cost that high regions agree
With that patient explorer and climber--the flea.
"The Alpine Club Man" by E W Bowling
Now a daring climber, she
Mounts the tallest forest tree—
Out along the giddy branches doth she go;
And her tassels, silver-white,
Down swinging through the night,
Mark the pillow of the Spirit of the Snow.
"The Spirit Of The Snow" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Snow-blind climber's father alerts NZ police.
After 100,000 steps on the world's eight highest mountains, climber nears an even loftier goal.
A climber on Mount St Helens broke a leg.
The bodies of missing climbers Ben Horne, 32, and his friend Gil Weiss, 29, were discovered on a mountain range in Peru Saturday.
Late local climber Ben Horne, a UCSD grad student, is being remembered by loved ones.
Old-fashioned roses and climbers that bloom only once a year should be pruned immediately after flowering since they bloom on wood from the previous year's growth.
When the climbers made it safely to the top (in the helper trials), they would bounce around.
Climber describes 1,200-foot fall in Cascades .
Helicopter used to rescue North Cascades climber.
Rescuers plan search for Mount St Helens climber .
(AP) — Authorities in Washington state plan to resume rescue efforts for a climber who fell into the crater at Mount St Helens.
Rangers reached the two with ropes after about four hours and the climbers made it out safely.
Rescuers reach Portland climber stranded in storm on Mount Hood.
PORTLAND — A climber who was stranded in a whiteout on Mount Hood is safely off the mountain in good condition.
The team, working from Portland Mountain Rescue, used a snow-cat to get to the top of the Palmer ski lift, and then climbed the rest of the way to the missing climber 's location, said Mark Morford, a sheriff's office spokesman.

In science:

Consider a polymer twined on a cylindrical rod like a garden climber twines around a pole.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
The top of this mount, where all climbers must be heading to, may – by the way – be reflected in the water of the Lattice Lake quite accurately.
Strange Quark Matter Theory
Modularity increases the performance advantage of genetic algorithms over hill climbers.
Effect of Degree Distribution on Evolutionary Search