Definition of rappel in English:


Line breaks: rap¦pel
Pronunciation: /raˈpɛl

noun & verb (rappels, rappelling, rappelled)

  • another term for abseil.
    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 manoeuvre).

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