from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hinged pair of curved iron bars for raising heavy objects, such as stones or timber. Often used in the plural.
- n. A spiked iron or steel framework that is attached to the bottom of a shoe or boot to prevent slipping when walking or climbing on ice and snow. Often used in the plural. Also called climbing iron.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An attachment to a shoe or boot that provides traction by means of spikes. Used for climbing or walking on slippery surfaces, especially ice.
- n. An aerial rootlet for support in climbing, as of ivy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An aërial rootlet for support in climbing, as of ivy.
- n. a device with pointed metal projections worn over the shoes to provide traction when walking over ice, or in mountaineering; -- usually used in the plural.
- n. same as crampoon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An iron instrument fastened to the shoes of a storming party, to assist them in climbing a rampart.
- n. An apparatus used in the raising of heavy weights, as timber or stones, and consisting of two hooked pieces of iron hinged together somewhat like double calipers.
- n. In botany, an adventitious root which serves as a fulcrum or support, as in the ivy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an iron spike attached to the shoe to prevent slipping on ice when walking or climbing
- n. a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects
Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)