from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To rappel.
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- n. (mountaineering) a descent of a vertical cliff or wall made by using a doubled rope that is fixed to a higher point and wrapped around the body
- v. lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside
German abseilen, to descend at the end of a rope : ab, down, off; see ablaut + Seil, rope (from Middle High German, from Old High German).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German abseilen, from ab- ("down") + seil ("rope"). (Wiktionary)