verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to descend, especially by using both hands and feet.
- to retreat, as from an indefensible opinion or position: He was forced to climb down from his untenable position.
Origin of climb
Examples from the Web for climbable
Away over to the south—almost to Sinkhole Camp, in fact—was a ridge that was climbable on horseback.Skyrider|B. M. Bower
He found a break in the cliff wall which was climbable, and he coaxed the wolverines after him.Storm Over Warlock|Andre Norton
Several times he climbed the only climbable place on the overhanging rock and peeped between the branches of a dwarfed cedar bush.The Secret Cache|E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
There was no bare earth to take or hold footprints, and there was a climbable slope.Operation Terror|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He decided that they were climbable, but that he must wait awhile before he made the attempt.The Lost Valley|J. M. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for climbable
verb (mainly intr)
Word Origin for climb
Word Origin and History for climbable (1 of 3)
Old English climban "raise oneself using hands and feet; rise gradually, ascend; make an ascent of" (past tense clamb, past participle clumben, clumbe), from West Germanic *klimbanan "go up by clinging" (cf. Dutch klimmen "to climb," Old High German klimban, German klimmen). A strong verb in Old English, weak by 16c. Most other Germanic languages long ago dropped the -b. Meaning "to mount as if by climbing" is from mid-14c. Figurative sense of "rise slowly by effort" is from mid-13c. Related: Climbed; climbing.
Word Origin and History for climbable (2 of 3)
1580s, "act of climbing," from climb (v.). Meaning "an ascent by climbing" is from 1915, originally in aviation.