from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metal spike fitted at one end with an eye for securing a rope and driven into rock or ice as a support in mountain climbing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a spike, wedge, or peg that is driven into a rock or ice surface as a support (as for a mountain climber)
- v. to put pitons into a rock/ice to facilitate climbing
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A metal spike having a sharpened point on one end, and a hole through which a rope can be passed on the other; it is driven into the face of a rock cliff during climbing, and used as an anchor point for a rope.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A point; a peak.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a metal spike with a hole for a rope; mountaineers drive it into ice or rock to use as a hold
Trailing behind the piton was a microthin line of duranium cable.
Grias neuberthii, known as the piton tree, is a large tree native to the western Amazonian rainforest (Ecuador, Columbia and Peru).
Soon after the school opened, I signed up and learned how to belay and rappel, and about the play of rock climbing on the senses: the clink of the hammer on a piton, the warmth of the sunlit granite under my hand, the radiant clouds sailing overhead.
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Rock-climbing legend has it that celebrated conservationist David Brower installed the first permanent piton in North America.
I use my ice ax to hammer in a piton now and again but much of this is done by other leaders before me.
Pepper let go, stopped his fall by grabbing another piton, then dropped into the aft of the boat in one smooth, quick motion.
He moved over and grabbed a rusty piton hammered into the side of a great pillar, one of many that allowed the scavengers below him to string nets to strain the harbor water.
Each finger is a piton, and programmed to seek out crevices on the rock-face you are climbing.
The flattened dome is from fifty to sixty feet high, and the piton one hundred and forty.
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