Definition of rappel in English:


Syllabification: rap·pel
Pronunciation: /rəˈpel

verb (rappels, rappelling, rappelled)

[no object]
Descend a rock face or other near-vertical surface by using a doubled rope coiled around the body and fixed at a higher point: they had to rappel down a long steep ice face
More example sentences
  • She lay perfectly still as they fetched another man, who rappelled down on a rope and picked Tori up.
  • Banding teams either rappelled or climbed to eyries that contained young.
  • When the sky turned a deep purple with orange and red streaks, we rappelled down, packed up and hiked to the car in the dark.


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A descent made by rappelling: they were careful in setting up the rappel
More example sentences
  • Ed managed to get in an anchor, and was able to arrange a rappel back to the ground.
  • With a nod from an instructor, I began the rappel down the ground floor 210 feet below.
  • We started down and did two rappels in the Stettner Couloir.


1930s: from French, literally 'a recalling', from rappeler in the sense 'bring back to oneself' (with reference to the rope maneuver).

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