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abseil

[ahp-zahyl, ab-seyl] /ˈɑp zaɪl, ˈæb seɪl/
noun, verb (used without object)
1.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; < German abseilen (ab- down + seilen to rope)
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abseil

/ˈæbsaɪl/
verb (intransitive)
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
noun
3.
an instance or the technique of abseiling
Also called rappel
Word Origin
C20: from German abseilen to descend by a rope, from ab- down + Seil rope
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