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Definitions for rappel
ræˈpɛl, rə-rap·pel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rappel, abseilverb

    (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 downverb

    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"


  1. rappelnoun

    Descending by means of a rope, abseiling.

  2. rappelverb

    to call back a hawk

  3. rappelverb

    to abseil


  1. rappel

    Abseiling ( AB-sayl or AHP-zyle; from German abseilen 'to rope down'), also known as rappelling ( RAP-pel or rə-PELL; from French rappeler 'to recall, to pull through'), is the controlled descent of a steep slope, such as a rock face, by moving down a rope. When abseiling, the person descending controls their own movement down the rope, in contrast to lowering off, in which the rope attached to the person descending is paid out by their belayer.


  1. rappel

    Rappel is an outdoor recreational activity in which individuals descend down a steep slope or a vertical drop using a doubled rope coiled around the body and fixed at a higher point. This technique is often utilized in rock climbing, mountaineering, caving, canyon, and search and rescue operations. The term can also be used in a military context referring to a method used to descend from heights or cliffs quickly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rappelnoun

    the beat of the drum to call soldiers to arms

  2. Etymology: [F. Cf. Repeal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rappel

    ra-pel′, n. the beat of the drum to call soldiers to arms. [Fr.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rappel

    The beat of the drum to call soldiers to arms.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rappel is ranked #105079 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rappel surname appeared 170 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Rappel.

    94.1% or 160 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rappel in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rappel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of rappel in a Sentence

  1. Doug Coleman:

    Bridge day is the one day out of the year that the bridge is closed to traffic and we celebrate the bridge, typically, 80 to 100,000 people show up, 400 people bring their parachutes to jump. You can rappel from the catwalk. It's a big festival.

  2. Harry Kent:

    One guy froze at the top, and it took him 30 minutes to get up the courage to rappel over the edge, another guy got settled in and, rather than eat dinner right away, he had to stream an NBA playoff game from his iPhone.

  3. Josh Morris:

    The goal is to try and find the chimney, drill some bolts, put some ropes in and rappel down into different chimneys to wiggle down into the cave maze to see if we can get to the main passage, the key is finding the right hole. If you find the right hole it may not take very long. It's just whether you can find the right hole because they are all over the hillside.

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