from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To rappel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun (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
- verb lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word abseil.
The abseil was the idea of Debs Hirst, who roped in colleagues Becky Brewster, Sue Rylands,
The ropes are then threaded through a figure-eight device clamped into the harness, allowing kloofers to "abseil," or rappel, great distances at a controlled clip.
Listening to the instructions from one of them, I had the impressions that this was their very first 'abseil' experience ever.
The coup de grace was plopping onto our backsides and sliding down a grassy bank to our first abseil point.
The next abseil started with a gentle grass slope but then it dropped onto a monstrous mossy maw.
"Here," said Mr. Kok, quickly handing me his abseil device.
To get to it, one must abseil down through a plume of water, dropping into a dark hole.
Wayne Du Plooy Kloofing enthusiast and private guide Teuns Kok begins the first abseil down a vertiginous waterfall of Ostrich Kloof, Volstruiskloof, South Africa.
By the end of abseil number two, my arms were tired, my clothes wet and my shins bleeding — only 13 more points to go.
Wayne Du Plooy Weathering Heights: Kloofing enthusiast and private guide Teuns Kok beginning the first abseil down a vertiginous waterfall of Ostrich Kloof, South Africa.
Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.