What does climb mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ascent, acclivity, rise, raise, climb, upgradenoun

    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

    "the car couldn't make it up the rise"

  2. climb, climbing, mountingnoun

    an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)

  3. climb, mountverb

    the act of climbing something

    "it was a difficult climb to the top"

  4. climb, climb up, mount, go upverb

    go upward with gradual or continuous progress

    "Did you ever climb up the hill behind your house?"

  5. climbverb

    move with difficulty, by grasping

  6. wax, mount, climb, riseverb

    go up or advance

    "Sales were climbing after prices were lowered"

  7. climbverb

    slope upward

    "The path climbed all the way to the top of the hill"

  8. climbverb

    improve one's social status

    "This young man knows how to climb the social ladder"

  9. rise, go up, climbverb

    increase in value or to a higher point

    "prices climbed steeply"; "the value of our house rose sharply last year"


  1. climbnoun

    An act of climbing.

  2. climbnoun

    The act of getting to somewhere more elevated.

  3. climbnoun

    An upwards struggle

  4. climbverb

    To ascend; rise; to go up.

    Prices climbed steeply.

  5. climbverb

    To mount; to move upwards on.

  6. climbverb

    To scale; to get to the top of something.

  7. climbverb

    To move (especially up and down something) by gripping with the hands and using the feet.

  8. climbverb

    to practise the sport of climbing

  9. climbverb

    to jump high

  10. climbverb

    To move to a higher position on the social ladder.

  11. climbverb

    Of plants, to grow upwards by clinging to something.

  12. Etymology: From climben, from climban, from klimbanan, believed to be a nasalised variant of klibanan, from gley-. Cognate with Dutch klimmen, German klimmen, klembra, klifra. Related to clamber. See also clay, glue.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Climbverb

    To ascend.

    When shall I come to th’ top of that same hill? ——
    —— You do climb up it now. Look, how we labour. William Shakespeare.

    Is’t not enough to break into my garden,
    Climbing my walls, in spight of me the owner? William Shakespeare.

    Thy arms pursue
    Paths of renown, and climb ascents of fame. Matthew Prior.

    Forlorn he must, and persecuted fly;
    Climb the steep mountain, in the cavern lie. Matthew Prior.

  2. To CLIMBverb

    pret. clomb or climbed; part. clomb or climbed. To ascend up any place; to mount by means of some hold or footing. It implies labour and difficulty, and successive efforts.

    Etymology: climan , Sax. klimmen, Dutch.

    You tempt the fury of my three attendants,
    Lean famine, quartering steel, and climbing fire. William Shakespeare.

    Things, at the worst, will cease; or else climb upward
    To what they were before. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Jonathan climbed up upon his hands, and upon his feet. 1 Sam.

    Thou, sun! of this great world both eye and soul,
    Acknowledge him thy greater; sound his praise
    In thy eternal course, both when thou climb’st,
    And when high noon hast gain’d, and when thou fall’st. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v. l. 174.

    No rebel Titan’s sacrilegious crime,
    By heaping hills on hills, can thither climb. Wentworth Dillon.

    Black vapours climb aloft, and cloud the day. Dryden.

    What controuling cause
    Makes waters, in contempt of nature’s laws,
    Climb up, and gain th’ aspiring mountain’s height. Richard Blackmore.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Climbverb

    to ascend or mount laboriously, esp. by use of the hands and feet

  2. Climbverb

    to ascend as if with effort; to rise to a higher point

  3. Climbverb

    to ascend or creep upward by twining about a support, or by attaching itself by tendrils, rootlets, etc., to a support or upright surface

  4. Climbverb

    to ascend, as by means of the hands and feet, or laboriously or slowly; to mount

  5. Climbnoun

    the act of one who climbs; ascent by climbing

  6. Etymology: [AS. climban; akin to OHG. chlimban, G. & D. klimmen, Icel. klfa, and E. cleave to adhere.]


  1. Climb

    In aviation, the term climb refers both to the actual operation of increasing the altitude of an aircraft and to the logical phase of a typical flight following takeoff and preceding the cruise, during which an increase in altitude to a predetermined level is effected.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Climb

    klīm, v.i. or v.t. to ascend or mount by clutching with the hands and feet: to ascend with difficulty: to mount.—adj. Climb′able, capable of being climbed.—ns. Climb′er, one who or that which climbs: (pl.) an old-fashioned popular title for several orders of birds whose feet are mainly adapted for climbing: (bot.) those plants which, having weak stems, seek support from other objects, chiefly from other plants, in order to ascend from the ground; Climb′ing. [A.S. climban; cf. Ger. klimmen; conn. with Clamber and Cleave, to stick.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'climb' in Verbs Frequency: #361

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of climb in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of climb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of climb in a Sentence

  1. David McGrain:

    The narcissism among some of my team mates made me want to vomit, all they could think about was their goddamn climb, when hours before we were holding crushed skulls in our hands.

  2. Gilles Baulard:

    When they climb in the rack, they go at 1.5 meters per second, so this is a very fast piece of equipment.

  3. Eric Boullier:

    There is a lot of work obviously to be done, we always say we have a mountain to climb but it looks like it's a very high mountain.

  4. Kumi Naidoo:

    We have a 1.5-degree wall to climb, but the ladder isn't tall enough.

  5. Dan Schnur:

    That was a very tough hill to climb in deep-blue California, even in a general election campaign, she'd be talking to a much more ideologically diverse electorate. Whether in a primary or a general election, she's certainly going to face very difficult questions about her record at Hewlett-Packard, but a national electorate might not be as predisposed to reject her argument.

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    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
    • A. deterioration
    • B. accessory
    • C. endeavor
    • D. accident

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