onsight

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

on +‎ sight

Adjective[edit]

onsight ‎(not comparable)

  1. (climbing) Without having previously seen the terrain.
    • 2007 July 18, Bill Becher, “Rock Climber Presumed Dead After Accident Off Irish Coast”, in New York Times[1]:
      Reardon made hundreds of free-solo ascents of challenging climbing routes done onsight, meaning without rehearsal or practice.