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] .

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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crampon (ˈkræmpən)
1.  one of a pair of pivoted steel levers used to lift heavy objects; grappling iron
2.  (often plural) one of a pair of frames each with 10 or 12 metal spikes, strapped to boots for climbing or walking on ice or snow
3.  to climb using crampons
[C15: from French, from Middle Dutch crampe hook; see cramp²]

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Example sentences
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.
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