piton

[ pee-ton ]
/ ˈpi tɒn /
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noun Mountain Climbing.

a metal spike with an eye through which a rope may be passed.

Nearby words

  1. pitilessly,
  2. pitjantjatjara,
  3. pitman,
  4. pitman, sir isaac,
  5. pitocin,
  6. pitot tube,
  7. pitot-static tube,
  8. pitri,
  9. pits,
  10. pitsaw

Origin of piton

1895–1900; < French: ringbolt, peak (of a mountain)

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British Dictionary definitions for piton

piton

/ (ˈpiːtɒn, French pitɔ̃) /

noun

mountaineering a metal spike that may be driven into a crevice of rock or into ice and used to secure a rope

Word Origin for piton

C20: from French: ringbolt

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Word Origin and History for piton

piton

n.

1898, from French piton "hook, peak of a mountain, piton, eyebolt," in Old French "nail, hook," from Vulgar Latin root *pitt- "point, peak" [Barnhart].

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