[ahp-zahyl, ab-seyl]

Origin of abseil

1930–35; < German abseilen (ab- down + seilen to rope)
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Contemporary Examples of abseil

  • One person who wasn't impressed by Prince Andrew's abseil down the Shard: writer Grace Dent.

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    Underwhelmed by Andy

    Tom Sykes

    September 6, 2012

British Dictionary definitions for abseil


verb (intr)
  1. mountaineering to descend a steep slope or vertical drop by a rope secured from above and coiled around one's body or through karabiners attached to one's body in order to control the speed of descent
  2. to descend by rope from a helicopter
  1. an instance or the technique of abseiling
Also called: rappel

Word Origin for abseil

C20: from German abseilen to descend by a rope, from ab- down + Seil rope
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