rappel

[ ra-pel, ruh- ]

noun
  1. (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.
  1. to descend by means of a rappel.

Origin of rappel

1
1930–35; <French: mountaineering term, literally, a recall. See repeal

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British Dictionary definitions for rappel

rappel

/ (ræˈpɛl) /


verb-pels, -pelling or -pelled
  1. another word (esp US) for abseil

noun
  1. another word (esp US) for abseil

  2. (formerly) a drumbeat to call soldiers to arms

Origin of rappel

1
C19: from French, from rappeler to call back, from Latin appellāre to summon

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