[ ahp-zahyl, ab-seyl ]
/ ˈɑp zaɪl, ˈæb seɪl /
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noun, verb (used without object)
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
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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