Crampoon

crampon

[kram-pon]
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] .


Origin:
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

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crampon (ˈkræmpən)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  to climb using crampons
 
[C15: from French, from Middle Dutch crampe hook; see cramp²]

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