Definition of piton in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpiːtɒn


  • 1A peg or spike driven into a rock or crack to support a climber or a rope.
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    • He noted that some younger members had adopted the new techniques of rock climbing with pitons and ropes, a method he himself enjoyed.
    • Sometimes he'd open his pack to show us his collection of carabiners, pitons, and ropes.
    • Is their experience diminished because they are encumbered with technologies such as ropes, pitons, and freeze-dried foods?
  • 1.1 (the Pitons) Two conical mountains in St Lucia in the Caribbean. Reaching a height of 798 m (2,618 ft) and 750 m (2,461 ft), they rise up out of the sea just off the SW coast of the island.


late 19th century: from French, literally 'eye bolt'.

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