- a person or thing that descends.
- the part of a lowercase letter that goes below the body.
- a letter having such a part, as p, q, j, or y.
- a person or thing that descends
- printing the portion of a letter, such as j, p, or y, below the level of the base of an x or n
in typography, “part of a letter that extends below the body,” 1802, agent noun from descend.