- a retreat, as from an indefensible opinion or position.
Origin of climb-down
- to go up or ascend, especially by using the hands and feet or feet only: to climb up a ladder.
- to rise slowly by or as if by continued effort: The car laboriously climbed to the top of the mountain.
- to ascend or rise: The plane climbed rapidly and we were soon at 35,000 feet. Temperatures climbed into the 80s yesterday.
- to slope upward: The road climbs steeply up to the house.
- to ascend by twining or by means of tendrils, adhesive tissues, etc., as a plant: The ivy climbed to the roof.
- to proceed or move by using the hands and feet, especially on an elevated place; crawl: to climb along a branch; to climb around on the roof.
- to ascend in prominence, fortune, etc.: From lowly beginnings he climbed to the highest office in the land.
- to ascend, go up, or get to the top of, especially by the use of the hands and feet or feet alone or by continuous or strenuous effort: to climb a rope; to climb the stairs; to climb a mountain.
- to go to the top of and over: The prisoners climbed the wall and escaped.
- a climbing; an ascent by climbing: It was a long climb to the top of the hill.
- a place to be climbed: That peak is quite a climb.
- climb down,
- to descend, especially by using both hands and feet.
- to retreat, as from an indefensible opinion or position: He was forced to climb down from his untenable position.
- climb the walls. wall(def 15).
Origin of climb
- to descend
- (often foll by from) to retreat (from an opinion, position, etc)
- a retreat from an opinion, etc
- (also tr often foll by up) to go up or ascend (stairs, a mountain, etc)
- (often foll by along) to progress with difficultyto climb along a ledge
- to rise to a higher point or intensitythe temperature climbed
- to incline or slope upwardsthe road began to climb
- to ascend in social position
- (of plants) to grow upwards by twining, using tendrils or suckers, etc
- informal (foll by into) to put (on) or get (into)
- to be a climber or mountaineer
- the act or an instance of climbing
- a place or thing to be climbed, esp a route in mountaineering
Word Origin and History for climb down
Old English climban "raise oneself using hands and feet; rise gradually, ascend; make an ascent of" (past tense clamb, past participle clumben, clumbe), from West Germanic *klimbanan "go up by clinging" (cf. Dutch klimmen "to climb," Old High German klimban, German klimmen). A strong verb in Old English, weak by 16c. Most other Germanic languages long ago dropped the -b. Meaning "to mount as if by climbing" is from mid-14c. Figurative sense of "rise slowly by effort" is from mid-13c. Related: Climbed; climbing.
1580s, "act of climbing," from climb (v.). Meaning "an ascent by climbing" is from 1915, originally in aviation.