[ ahp-zahyl, ab-seyl ]
/ ˈɑp zaɪl, ˈæb seɪl /
noun, verb (used without object)
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Origin of abseil
1930–35; < German abseilen (ab- down + seilen to rope)
Words nearby abseil
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Example sentences from the Web for abseil
One person who wasn't impressed by Prince Andrew's abseil down the Shard: writer Grace Dent.
British Dictionary definitions for abseil
/ (ˈæbsaɪl) /
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
to descend by rope from a helicopter
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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