A beener or D ring was attached to each trainee via a rappel seat that went around his waist and upper thighs.
He paraglided, scuba dived, and even tried to rappel down Mt. Rushmore before he was rebuffed by park officials.
In time the X Troop was trained to rappel and parachute; to use guns, bayonets and knives; and even to kill with bare hands.
Since six o'clock in the morning D'Aurelles had had the rappel beaten in the central quarters, but in vain.
But no, he never noticed him no more than the tambour that beat the rappel.
At the same time I deposited at the "rappel" office a bracelet and earrings of gold, sent anonymously for the wounded by a woman.
Seeing that he was reading the rappel, I conversed “liberally.”
M. Louis Koch paid 25 francs for a copy of the rappel at the bazar in aid of the poor.
The rappel was being beaten at that moment for the fatal sortie.
Friday morning the 'rappel' was beat—always a disagreeable hint.
1931, "mountaineering technique for descending steep faces," from French rappel, literally "recall" (Old French rapel), from rapeler "to recall, summon" (see repeal (v.)). The same word had been borrowed earlier (1848) to mean "a drum roll to summon soldiers."
1957 in the mountaineering sense; see rappel (n.). Related: Rappeled; rappelling.