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[pee-ton] /ˈpi tɒn/
noun, Mountain Climbing.
a metal spike with an eye through which a rope may be passed.
Origin of piton
1895-1900; < French: ringbolt, peak (of a mountain) Unabridged
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  • Then, working carefully, he hammered the piton into a narrow cleft in the rock.


    Randall Garrett
  • Allow me my piton's shrug for the man who has gone only by train.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • It's very good of you and Mr. piton to let us carry little Anna off.'

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter
  • Nothing thus could have soothed him better than this talk with Mr. piton.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter
  • Particularly impressive is the beauty of one purple cone in the midst of this many-colored chain: the piton Gl.

British Dictionary definitions for piton


/ˈpiːtɒn; French pitɔ̃/
(mountaineering) a metal spike that may be driven into a crevice of rock or into ice and used to secure a rope
Word Origin
C20: from French: ringbolt
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Word Origin and History for piton

1898, from French piton "hook, peak of a mountain, piton, eyebolt," in Old French "nail, hook," from Vulgar Latin root *pitt- "point, peak" [Barnhart].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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