Definition of riser in US English:



  • 1with adjective A person who habitually gets out of bed at a particular time of the morning.

    ‘late risers always exasperate early risers’
    • ‘The early risers were up and about, doing their chores, while those who elect to sleep in were just about ready to rub their still sleepy eyes and stretch yesterday's tiredness away.’
    • ‘Maddy, always the early riser, was already in the kitchen making breakfast when Gabby and Penny came stumbling into the kitchen, still only half awake.’
    • ‘Unlike the two men, who tended to be early risers, she often worked the graveyard shift.’
    • ‘For all her other flaws, Harriette was certainly a prompt and early riser.’
    • ‘Phil was an early morning riser and by now had no doubt probably made breakfast.’
    • ‘Garrison looked around the room, noticing the early risers finally stirring from their beds.’
    • ‘My aunt is the only early riser of the house, up before first light most mornings, so at least there was coffee already percolating and breakfast being made.’
    • ‘The early risers were already up and about, seeing what was what.’
    • ‘I was usually a late riser - and a cranky girl in the morning to boot.’
    • ‘Sarah was likely to remain asleep for several more hours but Anna had always been an early riser no matter how late she had gone to bed the night before.’
    • ‘The habitual early riser laid in bed and slept till almost noon for the first time in her life.’
    • ‘I enjoy the fact that I am the only early riser in my house because I usually get two hours in the morning without seeing or speaking to anyone.’
    • ‘He was always an early riser, usually awake by the time the newspaper arrived.’
    • ‘She was a natural early riser, and found it odd to sleep this much, even if it was only thirty minutes past her normal rising time.’
    • ‘Always a late riser, I'd wake up around eleven every morning to brunch at a deliciously set table where my ‘roomie’, as I called her, would regale me with the tale of her day so far.’
    • ‘Although I hadn't gotten much sleep, I had always been an early riser and I was getting restless just lying in my bed, so I decided to search for the kitchen to find something to eat.’
    • ‘Of the two twins, she'd always been the late riser and the light sleeper.’
    • ‘Getting a wafer, he noticed that he hadn't seen either of his parents, notoriously early risers.’
    • ‘My idea of self-improvement is to stay at home, explore a new book and, as I am an early riser, to go to bed early.’
    • ‘Being that it was eight in the morning the cops felt that there should have been some early risers out strolling in the gardens.’
  • 2A vertical section between the treads of a staircase.

    • ‘The stairs are gently inclined, with broad, shallow risers.’
    • ‘Good garden steps should have a slight riser (approximately five inches) and a broad tread that will accommodate a foot without crowding.’
    • ‘With steps and risers of mild steel, the stair is contained by a great vertical curtain of steel uprights and rods on one side, and wooden shelving on the other.’
    • ‘The stairwell was on the cramped side for Bahzell, and the risers ' height had been planned for people with legs much shorter than his.’
    • ‘The more solid platforms and staircase contrast with the lightness of the ribbed enclosure, but the risers of the staircase are left open to maximise views.’
    • ‘To preserve the sense of lightness, the code-mandated risers are of glass.’
    • ‘The tread and riser of each step is proportionately different so that consecutive steps require slightly different muscular effort, which Steele thought would reduce fatigue.’
    • ‘One can see her point after climbing lots of traditional stairs: they are very high in the risers and short in the goings: a pitch not calculated to be easy for people with arthritis.’
    • ‘Few walls are used in these areas, and even the stairs have open risers.’
    • ‘She climbed down, took her award, and went back onto the risers.’
    • ‘In all the houses, suspended straight-flight stairs have treads and risers made of continuous sheets of folded steel with flat steel stringers.’
  • 3A vertical pipe for the upward flow of liquid or gas.

    • ‘Two independent permanent power supplies serve the building with dual risers to each floor.’
    • ‘Except for the 3 acres on raised beds with plastic mulch and drip tape, we use two movable aluminum pipe systems with sprinklers on risers to cover the farm.’
    • ‘The buried valve allowing them to drain and avoid freezing can allow bacterially contaminated water to be drawn into the riser pipe leading to the hydrant.’
    • ‘Air extracted from the building is returned to the central plant room on the 22nd floor (below the roof) via risers for heat recovery in the winter.’
  • 4A low platform on a stage or in an auditorium, used to give greater prominence to a speaker or performer.

    • ‘He thought about the time she fell off the risers in the Christmas choir concert; how much she got laughed at.’
    • ‘Mr. Wyden led the choir to the risers as Hannah stayed behind the curtain.’
    • ‘As the main stage curtain lifted, the tiny singer appeared a top the drum riser, clad in a bright yellow T-shirt that read ‘Halls’ and a pair of black pants adorned with all sorts of silver hardware.’
    • ‘Sam paced along the top row of the risers in chorus class.’
    • ‘Bored and not that impressed as the set began to wrap up, I saw the drum riser slowly rose to about 15 feet off the ground.’
    • ‘Justine and Starr were placed next to each other on the back row of the risers.’
    • ‘There were metal chairs and music stands everywhere, taking up a set of risers that were built into the floor.’
    • ‘Sam felt kind of exposed while the top row finished getting onto the risers because there was nobody standing in front of her.’
    • ‘He tossed his guitar in the air, jumped off the drum riser and twirled around and around until he fell down.’
    • ‘The little one's class files into the gym and onto a pair of risers at the front.’
    • ‘As the choir filed onto the risers, Sister Nancy, my dear partner, leaned over to Sister Mariah with a confused look on her face.’
    • ‘A slight stumble going down the risers to leave the stage did not mar the performance at all.’
  • 5A strip of webbing joining the harness and the rigging lines of a parachute or paraglider.