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technique of controlled descent from a height: rappel down a cliff
Not to be confused with:
repel – drive back; ward off: repel the enemy; be repulsive to
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A descent from a height, such as a cliff or wall, in which one slides down an anchored rope and applies friction to control one's speed, either by means of a specialized device or by passing the rope under one thigh and over the opposite shoulder.
intr.v. rap·pelled, rap·pel·ling, rap·pels
To descend from a steep height by this method.
[French, recall, return, rappel, from Old French, recall, from rapeler, to recall : re-, re- + apeler, to summon; see appeal.]
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vb, -pels, -pelling or -pelled
(Mountaineering) another word (esp US) for abseil
1. (Mountaineering) another word (esp US) for abseil
2. (Military) (formerly) a drumbeat to call soldiers to arms
[C19: from French, from rappeler to call back, from Latin appellāre to summon]
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n., v. -pelled, -pel•ling. n.
1. (in mountaineering) the act or method of moving down a vertical face by means of a double rope secured above and placed around the body and paid out gradually in the descent.v.i.
2. to descend by means of a rappel.
[1930–35; < French: literally, a recall. See repeal]
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Past participle: rappelled
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|Noun||1.||rappel - (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|
descent - the act of changing your location in a downward direction
|Verb||1.||rappel - lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside; "The ascent was easy--roping down the mountain would be much more difficult and dangerous"; "You have to learn how to abseil when you want to do technical climbing"|
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