[ahp-zahyl, ab-seyl]
noun, verb (used without object)

1930–35; < German abseilen (ab- down + seilen to rope)

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abseil (ˈæbsaɪl)
1.  mountaineering to descend a steep slope or vertical drop by a rope secured from above and coiled around one's body or through karabiners attached to one's body in order to control the speed of descent
2.  to descend by rope from a helicopter
3.  an instance or the technique of abseiling
[C20: from German abseilen to descend by a rope, from ab- down + Seil rope]

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You'll learn techniques to abseil down the sides of gorges, cross waterfalls and swim in mountain-side pools.
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