Variant of climb
- 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: Middle 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
- climbable adjective
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