aiguille


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ai·guille

 (ā-gwēl′, ə-gēl′)
n.
1. A sharply pointed mountain peak, especially one of several on a larger massif.
2. A needle-shaped drill for boring holes in rock or masonry.

[French, needle, from Old French; see aglet.]

aiguille

(eɪˈɡwiːl; ˈeɪɡwiːl)
n
1. (Geological Science) a rock mass or mountain peak shaped like a needle
2. (Geological Science) an instrument for boring holes in rocks or masonry
[C19: French, literally: needle]

ai•guille

(eɪˈgwil, ˈeɪ gwil)

n.
a needlelike rock mass or mountain peak.
[1810–20; < French: literally, needle < Vulgar Latin *acūcula]
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Mont Blanc, the supreme and magnificent Mont Blanc, raised itself from the surrounding aiguilles, and its tremendous dome overlooked the valley.
He has since completed climbs in the French Alps but also around the world, such as Aiguille Du Midi, Mont Rainier and Kilimanjaro.
A must-see, out of your ski gear, is the Aiguille du Midi summit (3842m).
Initially the eye was drawn to Aiguille Rouge, but a quick glance to the inside of the course brought the fast-finishing Esprit De Somoza into the picture.
De fil en aiguille, il commence a composer des textes d'amour.
The cable car connects Aiguille du Midi peak on the French side of the mountain and the Helbronner summit on the Italian border.
The Vallee Blanche Cable Car connects the Aiguille du Midi peak to the Pointe Helbronner and takes 30-35 minutes.
amp;nbsp;The cable car was suspended over the gondola of the Panoramic Mont Blanc - connecting the Aiguille du Midi to Helbronner peak -&nbsp;which is approximately 11,358 feet above sea level.
The region has a range of attractions and apart from being home to the highest mountain in Europe travellers can enjoy spectacular views of the Aiguille du Midi cable car (3842 metres), and view the entire snow clad mountain range.
Tread carefully on the 'Step into the Void' installation, a glass box that hangs off the edge of the Aiguille du Midi mountain, 3,300-feet up in the French Alps (Tiny.
The Sky-high Tilt Attraction on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center | | Tread carefully on the 'Step into the Void' installation, a glass box that hangs off the edge of the Aiguille du Midi mountain, 3,300-feet up in the French Alps (Tiny.
Yes, there really is a cable car that climbs an impossible-looking spire of granite - the 3843m-high Aiguille du Midi.