American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To rappel.
- n. (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
- v. lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside
- From German abseilen, from ab- ("down") + seil ("rope"). (Wiktionary)
- German abseilen, to descend at the end of a rope : ab, down, off; see ablaut + Seil, rope (from Middle High German, from Old High German). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The next abseil started with a gentle grass slope but then it dropped onto a monstrous mossy maw.”
“The coup de grace was plopping onto our backsides and sliding down a grassy bank to our first abseil point.”
“Wayne Du Plooy Kloofing enthusiast and private guide Teuns Kok begins the first abseil down a vertiginous waterfall of Ostrich Kloof, Volstruiskloof, South Africa.”
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