a descent by a mountain climber, as down a sheer face of a cliff, by means of a double rope anchored above and arranged around the climber's body so as to control the slide downward
Origin of rappelFr, literally , a recall from rappeler, to call back from Old French rapeler (see repeal): from the idea of bringing back the rope
intransitive verb-·pelled′, -·pel′ling
to make such a descent
A descent from a height, such as a cliff or wall, in which one slides down an anchored rope and applies friction to control one's speed, either by means of a specialized device or by passing the rope under one thigh and over the opposite shoulder.
intransitive verbrap·pelled, rap·pel·ling, rap·pels
To descend from a steep height by this method.
Origin of rappelFrench recall, return, rappel from Old French recall from rapeler to recall re- re- apeler to summon ; see appeal .
(third-person singular simple present rappels, present participle rappelling or rappeling, simple past and past participle rappelled or rappeled)
- to abseil