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n. often crampons
1. A hinged pair of curved iron bars for raising heavy objects, such as stones or timber.
2. A framework of metal spikes strapped or clipped to the sole of a boot or shoe to prevent slipping when walking or climbing on ice and snow. Also called climbing iron.
[Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.]
1. (Tools) one of a pair of pivoted steel levers used to lift heavy objects; grappling iron
2. (Mountaineering) (often plural) one of a pair of frames each with 10 or 12 metal spikes, strapped to boots for climbing or walking on ice or snow
(Mountaineering) to climb using crampons
[C15: from French, from Middle Dutch crampe hook; see cramp2]
1. a spiked iron plate worn on boots or shoes for aid in climbing or to prevent slipping on ice, snow, etc.
2. a grapnel attached to a chain or cable, used esp. for lifting blocks of stone.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old French < Frankish *krampo, c. Old High German krampfo, Middle Dutch crampe; see cramp2]
Past participle: cramponed
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|Noun||1.||crampon - a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects|
|2.||crampon - an iron spike attached to the shoe to prevent slipping on ice when walking or climbing|
spike - sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes; "spikes provide greater traction"