Dictionary.com

rappel

[ ra-pel, ruh- ]
/ ræˈpɛl, rə- /
Save This Word!

noun
(in mountaineering) the act or method of moving down a steep incline or past an overhang by means of a double rope secured above and placed around the body, usually under the left thigh and over the right shoulder, and paid out gradually in the descent.
verb (used without object), rap·pelled, rap·pel·ling.
to descend by means of a rappel.

COMPARE MEANINGS

Click for a side-by-side comparison of meanings. Use the word comparison feature to learn the differences between similar and commonly confused words.
QUIZ
GOOSES. GEESES. I WANT THIS QUIZ ON PLURAL NOUNS!
Test how much you really know about regular and irregular plural nouns with this quiz.
Question 1 of 9
Which of the following nouns has an irregular plural form?

Origin of rappel

1930–35; <French: mountaineering term, literally, a recall. See repeal
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use rappel in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rappel

rappel
/ (ræˈpɛl) /

verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled
another word (esp US) for abseil
noun
another word (esp US) for abseil
(formerly) a drumbeat to call soldiers to arms

Word Origin for rappel

C19: from French, from rappeler to call back, from Latin appellāre to summon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK