follow Dictionary.com

Why turkey has the same name as Turkey

crampon

[kram-pon] /ˈkræm pɒn/
noun
1.
a spiked iron plate worn on boots or shoes for aid in climbing or to prevent slipping on ice, snow, etc.
2.
a device for grasping and lifting heavy loads, usually consisting of a pair of hooks suspended from a chain or cable, the upward pull on which provides tension for the hooks to grip the load on opposite sides.
Also, crampoon
[kram-poon] /kræmˈpun/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English cra(u)mpon < Old French crampon < Old Low Franconian *krampo, cognate with Old High German krampfo, Middle Dutch crampe; see cramp2
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for crampon
  • Here and there, tucked in cracks, sturdy tongues of ice allow reliable crampon and tool placements.
  • Everybody seemed a little excited to kick crampon points into ice or to pull on a rope or two.
  • Even so, the logs still clearly bore the crampon scars of whichever famous climbers had scrambled across them.
  • Professionally equipped larger climbing backpack with easy access crampon attachment and fast zip access to the main compartment.
British Dictionary definitions for crampon

crampon

/ˈkræmpən/
noun
1.
one of a pair of pivoted steel levers used to lift heavy objects; grappling iron
2.
(often pl) one of a pair of frames each with 10 or 12 metal spikes, strapped to boots for climbing or walking on ice or snow
verb
3.
to climb using crampons
Word Origin
C15: from French, from Middle Dutch crampe hook; see cramp²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for crampon

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for crampon

13
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for crampon