Definitions for abseilˈɑp saɪl, ˈæb seɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•seilˈɑp saɪl, ˈæb seɪl(n.; v.i.)

  1. Chiefly Brit. rappel.

    Category: Sport

Origin of abseil:

1930–35; < G abseilen=ab- down +seilen to rope

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rappel, abseil(verb)

    (mountaineering) a descent of a vertical cliff or wall made by using a doubled rope that is fixed to a higher point and wrapped around the body

  2. rappel, abseil, rope down(verb)

    lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside

    "The ascent was easy--roping down the mountain would be much more difficult and dangerous"; "You have to learn how to abseil when you want to do technical climbing"

Wiktionary

  1. abseil(Noun)

    A descent in mountaineering using a rope looped at the top and a friction device.

  2. abseil(Verb)

    To descend a steep or vertical drop using a rope with a mechanical friction device or (classic abseil) by wrapping the rope around the body; to rappel.

  3. Origin: 20th century, from abseilen, from ab + seil.

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