Definition of climber in US English:



  • 1A person or animal that climbs.

    ‘leopards are great tree climbers’
    • ‘The weather erodes the carvings but the climbers are just speeding this process up.’
    • ‘Julian describes himself as an ‘average, occasional climber’ and says a lot of climbers don't bother to look, they just want to conquer.’
    • ‘The Marangu route, which was established way back in 1909 is the easiest and most popular and is used by over 90% of climbers.’
    • ‘The humble and cooperative Sherpas (male residents in Himalayan region) are available to guide way and techniques to climbers.’
    • ‘The climbers hug the shadows, running from tree to tree.’
    • ‘And naturally, they are expert tree climbers as well.’
    • ‘Jenkins says that he sees no sign that tree climbers are slipping into a macho ‘summit or bust’ mindset.’
    • ‘It moves everywhere at speed, is a fantastic climber and regularly appeared among the animal characters in many Walt Disney's early cartoon films.’
    • ‘I realized that I would never be the most gifted climber or the strongest climber or the boldest climber.’
    • ‘Hailing from Kaliapuram of Pollachi, the tree climber managed his family with the little he earned out of it.’
    • ‘The ravine soon became a favorite and picturesque spot for adventurous campers and climbers, but the first skier didn't appear until April 1914.’
    • ‘Tree climbers are taking all this equipment up California redwood, Okefenokee cypress, and Oregon Douglas fir.’
    • ‘There's a side of me that enjoys watching these tree climbers having their deep fun.’
    • ‘The double rope climbing technique was used because the climbers could advance to higher levels in the tree canopy.’
    • ‘They are nimble climbers in the trees and hop like tiny kangaroos on the ground.’
    • ‘Having been a tree climber and monkey-bar enthusiast in elementary school and having done a little gymnastics in junior high, I thought it sounded like fun.’
    • ‘That encounter stands as my enlightenment as a ski mountaineer - that day I became as much a glisse alpinist as a climber.’
    • ‘For many years, parties of children, student teachers, musicians, climbers, or simply nature-loving friends, were invited to share the joys of his simple retreat.’
    • ‘The prince was an adept climber, having scaled the bluffs and trees of his kingdom since he could walk, and reached the entrance to the cave unscathed.’
    • ‘Hiking up to the tree line I passed a steady stream of climbers coming down from their weekend climb.’
    1. 1.1 A mountaineer.
      • ‘Each year they receive dozens of calls reporting lost walkers, stranded climbers or injured mountaineers.’
      • ‘Does it honor the fastest climbers of our highest mountains?’
      • ‘At least two of the climbers remain on the mountain with minor injuries.’
      • ‘The pair, who are experienced climbers, chose the mountain to improve their winter mountaineering skills.’
      • ‘The next year, they seized four American mountain climbers in Kyrgyzstan, though the hostages escaped after six days.’
      • ‘This instrument is a favourite tool of the armed forces and mountain climbers all over the world.’
      • ‘Although Greig is interested in why mountain climbers want to climb, he is more interested in why we are so fascinated by their reasons.’
      • ‘A good example is the Denali fee, which affects both climbers and ski mountaineers.’
      • ‘Joe used to say he was as likely to get killed in a car crash as on a mountain, and many climbers still echo that sentiment.’
      • ‘He gazed at the beautiful mountain that so many climbers had attempted to conquer; some had succeeded and many did not.’
      • ‘The climbers will ascend the mountains of Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales as part of their trek.’
      • ‘A pointed archway at a bus-stop told mountain climbers that they were less than an hour away from the hills.’
      • ‘But his stock rose rapidly as he remained in yellow for a remarkable 11 days, even matching some of the world's best climbers in the mountains.’
      • ‘Sherpas, the Himalayan locals living in the borders of Tibet and Nepal, challenge the mountain routinely when assisting climbers and also deeply subscribe to this belief.’
      • ‘The Himalayas make Nepal a favorite destination for mountain climbers.’
      • ‘We have had a long history of walkers and climbers coming here and we would certainly welcome the mountain bikers.’
      • ‘Dai Yun, one of China's premier mountain climbers, recalls the thrill of tackling his first hill.’
      • ‘The job was 90 per cent completed by the 30 or so volunteers who worked their way through the stands like mountain climbers on the Matterhorn.’
      • ‘There are cross-country rally champions, and aviators and mountain climbers too.’
      • ‘As the story unfolds, we see the vicious weather conditions the mountain climbers faced, while also peering into their inner realities.’
    2. 1.2 A climbing plant.
      • ‘Tie in clematis and other vigorous climbers like summer flowering jasmine.’
      • ‘It is surprising the number of novice gardeners who don't get around to planting climbers until they have been ‘at it’ for a few years.’
      • ‘The horticulturist suggests that hardy native ferns, philodendrons, climbers and sphatiphylum are ideal for rock garden settings.’
      • ‘Prune vigorous climbers and ramblers after flowering.’
      • ‘Natural climbers such as clematis, Dutchman's pipe, and kiwi vines only need to be redirected as required.’
      • ‘For many varieties, particularly the old garden roses and many shrubs, climbers, and floribundas, the plants' natural system will prevent winter damage.’
      • ‘More than 20,000 smaller trees and shrubs of varying types will also be planted, including climbers trained across the environmental barrier.’
      • ‘The labourers' children took me on a guided tour and we inspected the coffee plants, pepper climbers and orange trees.’
      • ‘Most of the plants are climbers and have tendrils opposite leaves on the shoots, the grapevine being representative.’
      • ‘A slighter top is made with thinner pieces such as larch poles, and the whole is planted with free growing climbers.’
      • ‘When planting tree roses, climbers or ramblers with long stems, tie them to stakes or supports immediately after planting.’
      • ‘In imperial gardens especially, large rose gardens were planted and fragrant climbers adorned pavilions.’
      • ‘Most clematis are climbers by nature, and because they are not self-supporting, they will happily wander up any nearby plant or support.’
      • ‘Terraces brim with pot plants and climbers - honeysuckle, hydrangeas, lavender.’
      • ‘For example, place climbers and ramblers along fences, trellises, or next to arches or pergolas.’
      • ‘Check ties on climbers and wall plants, replacing any that have come loose in high winds.’
      • ‘Incidentally, if you are planting a climber against a wall, position it at least 15 inches away from the wall.’
      • ‘Keep on planting hardy deciduous climbers, hedges and shrubs while the conditions are good.’
      • ‘Winter usually brings strong winds so it is a good idea to check that vulnerable plants and climbers are firmly attached to their supports.’
      • ‘A popular shrub rose that can be trained as a climber is Constance Spry with huge clusters of pale pink blooms.’
      climbing plant, trailing plant
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