Origin of abseilGerman abseilen from ab, down + seil, a rope
intransitive verbab·seiled, ab·seil·ing, ab·seils
Origin of abseilGerman abseilen ab down, off ; see ablaut. Seil rope ( from Middle High German) ( from Old High German)
(third-person singular simple present abseils, present participle abseiling, simple past and past participle abseiled)
- A descent in mountaineering using a rope looped at the top and a friction device. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
From German abseilen, from ab- (“down”) + Seil (“rope”).