Definition of abseil in English:

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abseil

Pronunciation: /ˈabˌsāl/

noun& verb

Another term for rappel.
Example sentences
  • 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
Example sentences
  • 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'.

More
  • This is from the German verb abseilen, from ab ‘down’ and seil ‘rope’.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ab·seil

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