abseil

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Etymology[edit]

From German abseilen, from ab- (down) + Seil (rope).

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɑpˌzaɪl/, /ˈɑpˌzaɪ.l̩/, /ˈɑbˌzaɪl/, /ˈæb.seɪl

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abseil (third-person singular simple present abseils, present participle abseiling, simple past and past participle abseiled)

  1. (intransitive) 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. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][1]

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abseil (plural abseils)

  1. A descent in mountaineering using a rope looped at the top and a friction device. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 2003 [1933], Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, edition 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 8:

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