Definition of descendeur in English:


Syllabification: de·scen·deur
Pronunciation: /diˈsendər


A piece of metal around which a rope is passed and which makes use of friction to slow descent during rappelling.
More example sentences
  • As for the climbing gear, I saw nothing in the photos that resembled a descendeur or karabiner.
  • You practice abseiling down the rope, using a special device called a STOP - different to a climbing descendeur, it gives much more control over your descent.
  • At the top of the gorge (which we would have been hard pushed to find at all on our own) we were shown the following method of clipping into a figure of eight descendeur without chancing dropping it.


late 20th century: French, literally 'descender'.

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