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[kram-pon] /ˈkræm pɒn/
a spiked iron plate worn on boots or shoes for aid in climbing or to prevent slipping on ice, snow, etc.
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 of crampon
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 Unabridged
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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


one of a pair of pivoted steel levers used to lift heavy objects; grappling iron
(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
to climb using crampons
Word Origin
C15: from French, from Middle Dutch crampe hook; see cramp²
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