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rappel Line breaks: rap¦pel
Pronunciation: /raˈpɛl/

Definition of rappel in English:

noun& verb (rappels, rappelling, rappelled)

Another term for abseil.
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 manoeuvre).

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