[ ahp-zahyl, ab-seyl ]

noun, verb (used without object)

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Origin of abseil

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

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British Dictionary definitions for abseil


/ (ˈæbsaɪl) /

  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

Origin of abseil

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

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