verb (used without object), rap·pelled, rap·pel·ling.
Origin of rappel
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Contemporary Examples of rappelling
Since rappelling is safer (and slower), we learned that first.Inside Seal Team Six by Don Mann Excerpt
December 4, 2011
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.