ab|seil [ˈæbseıl] v [I + down] BrE
harness, ↑rope
[Date: 1900-2000; : German; Origin: abseilen]
to go down a cliff or a rock by sliding down a rope and pushing against the rock with your feet
American Equivalent: rappel

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  • abseil — ► VERB ▪ descend a near vertical surface using a rope coiled round the body and fixed at a higher point. DERIVATIVES abseiler noun abseiling noun. ORIGIN German abseilen, from ab down + Seil rope …   English terms dictionary

  • abseil — [äp′zīl΄, äp′sīl΄; äb′zīl΄, äb′sīl΄] vi. [Ger abseilen < ab, down + seil, a rope] to descend by rappelling n. such a descent …   English World dictionary

  • abseil — UK [ˈæbseɪl] / US [ˈæbˌseɪl] verb [intransitive] Word forms abseil : present tense I/you/we/they abseil he/she/it abseils present participle abseiling past tense abseiled past participle abseiled British to climb down the front of a large rock or …   English dictionary

  • abseil — intransitive verb Etymology: German abseilen, from ab down, off + Seil rope Date: 1941 chiefly British rappel • abseil noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • abseil — 1. verb /ˈæbseɪl/ 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. 2. noun /ˈæbseɪl/ Such a …   Wiktionary

  • abseil —    1. (n.) A controlled descent of a rope using friction obtained by either wrapping the rope around the body in a particular way or passing the rope through a carabiner or passing the rope through a descender [25].    2. (v.) To do an abseil… …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • abseil — [[t]æ̱bseɪl[/t]] abseils, abseiling, abseiled VERB To abseil down a cliff or rock face means to slide down it in a controlled way using a rope, with your feet against the cliff or rock. [BRIT] [V down n] The man and his son Mark had abseiled down …   English dictionary

  • abseil — /ahp zuyl, ab sayl/, n., v.i. rappel. [1930 35; < G abseilen (ab down + seilen to rope)] * * * …   Universalium

  • abseil — ab|seil [ æb,seıl ] verb intransitive BRITISH to RAPPEL down a steep surface …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • abseil — ab·seil || æbseɪl, saɪl n. method of descending a mountain face by sliding down a rope which is fastened to an overhead projection (Mountain Climbing) v. rappel, descend a mountain face by sliding down a rope which is fastened to an overhead… …   English contemporary dictionary

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