verb (used without object), rap·pelled, rap·pel·ling.
Origin of rappel
Examples from the Web for rappel
A beener or D ring was attached to each trainee via a rappel seat that went around his waist and upper thighs.
In time the X Troop was trained to rappel and parachute; to use guns, bayonets and knives; and even to kill with bare hands.
He paraglided, scuba dived, and even tried to rappel down Mt. Rushmore before he was rebuffed by park officials.
The darkness was now such that I thought it prudent to drop my bridle on Rappel's neck.
Unfortunately Fox and Rappel were beginning to tire; they sank deeper in the snow and no longer neighed joyfully.
The Rappel, Victor Hugo's organ, spoke of it in a most complimentary manner.
Seeing that he was reading the Rappel, I conversed “liberally.”Memoirs|Charles Godfrey Leland
Since six o'clock in the morning D'Aurelles had had the rappel beaten in the central quarters, but in vain.History of the Commune of 1871|P. Lissagary
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled
Word Origin for rappel
1931, "mountaineering technique for descending steep faces," from French rappel, literally "recall" (Old French rapel), from rapeler "to recall, summon" (see repeal (v.)). The same word had been borrowed earlier (1848) to mean "a drum roll to summon soldiers."
1957 in the mountaineering sense; see rappel (n.). Related: Rappeled; rappelling.