American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hinged pair of curved iron bars for raising heavy objects, such as stones or timber. Often used in the plural.
- n. A spiked iron or steel framework that is attached to the bottom of a shoe or boot to prevent slipping when walking or climbing on ice and snow. Often used in the plural. Also called climbing iron.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An iron instrument fastened to the shoes of a storming party, to assist them in climbing a rampart.
- n. An apparatus used in the raising of heavy weights, as timber or stones, and consisting of two hooked pieces of iron hinged together somewhat like double calipers.
- n. In botany, an adventitious root which serves as a fulcrum or support, as in the ivy.
- n. An attachment to a shoe or boot that provides traction by means of spikes. Used for climbing or walking on slippery surfaces, especially ice.
- n. botany An aerial rootlet for support in climbing, as of ivy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) An aërial rootlet for support in climbing, as of ivy.
- n. a device with pointed metal projections worn over the shoes to provide traction when walking over ice, or in mountaineering; -- usually used in the plural.
- n. same as crampoon.
- n. an iron spike attached to the shoe to prevent slipping on ice when walking or climbing
- n. a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects
- Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Each man was to go on a different food scale, eiderdown sleeping-bags were to be carried inside the reindeer ones, and a new kind of crampon and a double tent were to be tried.”
“After another hour of rigorous scrambling, we strapped on metal crampon spikes for the steepest part -- the summit block and its treacherous snowfields.”
“I dumped my pack—with the unused rope, ax and crampon—and headed up.”
“Maintain a wide stance to avoid snagging your pant legs on a crampon.”
“A crampon spike snagged the ice and flipped me upside down.”
“Now that it is snow-covered, it is great crampon mixed rock-ice training.”
“I broke a pick on the first pitch, a crampon on the second.”
“The most dangerous part of this endeavor is the downclimbing, as often there is a psychological let-down of attention post-summit, leading to a missed clip or a stumble with the crampon points and either one can kill you quickly here.”
“Kahtoola MICROspikes—to use the depraved marketing capitalization—are a domesticated strain of crampon in about the same sense that a miniature poodle is a sheep dog.”
“The climbing was extremely strenuous, tool sticks tenuous, crampon placements even worse.”
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