- a metal spike with an eye through which a rope may be passed.
Origin of piton
1895–1900; < French: ringbolt, peak (of a mountain)
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Examples from the Web for piton
Then, working carefully, he hammered the piton into a narrow cleft in the rock.Anchorite
Allow me my piton's shrug for the man who has gone only by train.Instigations
It's very good of you and Mr. Piton to let us carry little Anna off.'
Nothing thus could have soothed him better than this talk with Mr. Piton.
Particularly impressive is the beauty of one purple cone in the midst of this many-colored chain: the Piton Gl.Two Years in the French West Indies
- mountaineering a metal spike that may be driven into a crevice of rock or into ice and used to secure a rope
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].
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