- abseil ► VERB ▪ descend a near-vertical surface using a rope coiled round the body and fixed at a higher point.DERIVATIVES abseiler noun abseiling noun.ORIGIN German abseilen, from ab 'down' + Seil 'rope' .
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abseil — [äp′zīl΄, äp′sīl΄; äb′zīl΄, äb′sīl΄] vi. [Ger abseilen < ab, down + seil, a rope] to descend by rappelling n. such a descent … English World dictionary
abseil — UK [ˈæbseɪl] / US [ˈæbˌseɪl] verb [intransitive] Word forms abseil : present tense I/you/we/they abseil he/she/it abseils present participle abseiling past tense abseiled past participle abseiled British to climb down the front of a large rock or … English dictionary
abseil — intransitive verb Etymology: German abseilen, from ab down, off + Seil rope Date: 1941 chiefly British rappel • abseil noun … New Collegiate Dictionary
abseil — 1. verb /ˈæbseɪl/ To descend a steep or vertical drop using a rope with a mechanical friction device or (classic abseil) by wrapping the rope around the body; to rappel. 2. noun /ˈæbseɪl/ Such a … Wiktionary
abseil — 1. (n.) A controlled descent of a rope using friction obtained by either wrapping the rope around the body in a particular way or passing the rope through a carabiner or passing the rope through a descender . 2. (v.) To do an abseil… … Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology
abseil — [[t]æ̱bseɪl[/t]] abseils, abseiling, abseiled VERB To abseil down a cliff or rock face means to slide down it in a controlled way using a rope, with your feet against the cliff or rock. [BRIT] [V down n] The man and his son Mark had abseiled down … English dictionary
abseil — /ahp zuyl, ab sayl/, n., v.i. rappel. [1930 35; < G abseilen (ab down + seilen to rope)] * * * … Universalium
abseil — ab|seil [ˈæbseıl] v [I + down] BrE ↑harness, ↑rope [Date: 1900 2000; : German; Origin: abseilen] to go down a cliff or a rock by sliding down a rope and pushing against the rock with your feet American Equivalent: rappel … Dictionary of contemporary English
abseil — ab|seil [ æb,seıl ] verb intransitive BRITISH to RAPPEL down a steep surface … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
abseil — abÂ·seil || Ã¦bseÉªl, saÉªl n. method of descending a mountain face by sliding down a rope which is fastened to an overhead projection (Mountain Climbing) v. rappel, descend a mountain face by sliding down a rope which is fastened to an overhead… … English contemporary dictionary