Abseil meaning

äpzīl, -sīl, ăb-
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To descend by rappelling.
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(intransitive) To descend a steep or vertical drop using a rope with a mechanical friction device or (classic abseil) by wrapping the rope around the body; to rappel. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
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A descent in mountaineering using a rope looped at the top and a friction device. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
noun
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To rappel.
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Such a descent.
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Origin of abseil

  • German abseilen to descend at the end of a rope ab down, off ablaut Seil rope (from Middle High German) (from Old High German)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German abseilen, from ab- (“down”) + Seil (“rope”).

    From Wiktionary