Definition of abseil in English:

abseil

Line breaks: ab¦seil
Pronunciation: /ˈabseɪl
 
, -zʌɪl/
British

verb

[no object]
  • Descend a rock face or other near-vertical surface by using a doubled rope coiled round the body and fixed at a higher point: team members had to abseil down sheer cliffs to reach the couple (as noun abseiling) there are facilities for abseiling and rock climbing
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    • Last year we got money to spend on playground games, but the bats were soon turned into weapons and the skipping ropes used for abseiling.
    • To get off the yacht required abseiling down a rope but I was too scared to make that small jump onto the rope.
    • Inspector Kench set up a rope system and abseiled down to rescue the frightened animal, which, to his horror, then tried to escape.

noun

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  • A descent made by abseiling: a 120 ft abseil
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    • It was a refreshing change from the office and I tagged along as the team spent the next seven hours setting up anchor systems and despatching members off into pools of freezing water, with abseils ranging from seven to 65m.
    • The caving expedition commenced with an abseil into the Elder cave system then through a gap (the first of many) which looked barely big enough to fit through the battery pack for the head lamps, let alone a whole person.
    • Phase one began with a morning abseil down a 45m cylinder at Brisbane's Mount Crosby water treatment facility, followed by rafting in the afternoon.

Derivatives

abseiler

noun
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  • Yesterday abseilers from Leeds Climbing Wall were lowered into the well at the tower - the last surviving part of York Castle - to collect coins thrown in by visitors.
  • Some 28 anxious abseilers braved the morning's early cold and fog to trade their office desks, chairs and telephones for ropes, harnesses and the satisfaction of meeting a challenge.
  • The four month project involves 12 abseilers supplied by Web Access Engineering to carry out work up to 100 ft off the ground.

Origin

1930s: from German abseilen, from ab 'down' + Seil 'rope'.

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