Climbers on an artificial rock wall.
- The definition of a climb is an act of moving upward or increasing.
An example of a climb is a hike up a mountain.
- Climb means to move up or increase gradually, or to move up and around using your feet.
- An example of climb is for the price of milk to rise from $2.00 to $2.50 over the course of two years.
- An example of climb is to walk up a steep path or step up onto rocks to get higher on the side of the mountain.
transitive verbclimbed, climb′ing
- to go up by using the feet and, often, the hands
- to rise or ascend gradually to a higher point; mount
- to move (down, over, along, etc.), using the hands and feet
- to get (into or out of clothes or a piece of clothing) hastily, perfunctorily, etc.
- Bot. to grow upward on (a wall, trellis, etc.) by winding around or adhering with tendrils
Origin of climbMiddle English climben from Old English climban from Indo-European an unverified form glembh- (from source clamber, clump) from base an unverified form gel-, to make round, clench, as the fist: basic sense, “to cling to, grip”
- an act or instance of climbing; rise; ascent
- a thing or place to be climbed
verbclimbed, climb·ing, climbs
- a. To move upward, especially by using the hands and feet: We climbed until we reached the shelter. The truck climbed the mountain highway.b. To move in a specified direction by using the hands and feet: climbed down the ladder; climbed out the window.c. To engage in the activity or sport of mountain climbing.
- To rise slowly or steadily; ascend: The plane climbed into the clouds. See Synonyms at rise.
- To slant or slope upward: The road climbs steeply to the top.
- To grow in an upward direction, as some plants do, often by means of twining stems or tendrils.
- To move upward on or mount, especially by using the hands and feet or the feet alone; ascend: The hikers climbed the mountain. We climbed the stairs. The tractor climbed the hill.
- To grow in an upward direction on or over: ivy climbing the walls.
- An act of climbing; an ascent: a long, exhausting climb to the top.
- A place to be climbed: The face of the cliff was a steep climb.
Origin of climbMiddle English climben from Old English climban
(third-person singular simple present climbs, present participle climbing, simple past and past participle climbed)
- (intransitive) To ascend; rise; to go up.
- Prices climbed steeply.
- To mount; to move upwards on.
- They climbed the mountain.
- Climbing a tree
- To scale; to get to the top of something.
- To move (especially up and down something) by gripping with the hands and using the feet.
- (intransitive) to practise the sport of climbing
- (intransitive) to jump high
- To move to a higher position on the social ladder.
- (botany) Of plants, to grow upwards by clinging to something.
In the past, the forms clomb and clumb were encountered as simple past and past participle forms; these forms are now archaic.
From Middle English climben, from Old English climban (“to climb”), from Proto-Germanic *klimbaną (“to climb, go up by clinging”), believed to be a nasalised variant of Proto-Germanic *klibaną, *klibāną (“to stick, cleave”), from Proto-Indo-European *gley- (“to stick”). Cognate with West Frisian klimme (“to climb”), Dutch klimmen (“to climb”), German klimmen (“to climb”), Old Norse klembra (“to squeeze”), Icelandic klifra (“to climb”). Related to clamber. See also clay, glue.