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rappel

[ra-pel, ruh-] /ræˈpɛl, rə-/
noun
1.
(in mountaineering) the act or method of moving down a steep incline or past an overhang by means of a double rope secured above and placed around the body, usually under the left thigh and over the right shoulder, and paid out gradually in the descent.
verb (used without object), rappelled, rappelling.
2.
to descend by means of a rappel.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; < French: mountaineering term, literally, a recall. See repeal
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British Dictionary definitions for rappelled

rappel

/ræˈpɛl/
verb -pels, -pelling, -pelled
1.
another word (esp US) for abseil
noun
2.
another word (esp US) for abseil
3.
(formerly) a drumbeat to call soldiers to arms
Word Origin
C19: from French, from rappeler to call back, from Latin appellāre to summon
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Word Origin and History for rappelled

rappel

n.

1931, "mountaineering technique for descending steep faces," from French rappel, literally "recall" (Old French rapel), from rapeler "to recall, summon" (see repeal (v.)). The same word had been borrowed earlier (1848) to mean "a drum roll to summon soldiers."

v.

1957 in the mountaineering sense; see rappel (n.). Related: Rappeled; rappelling.

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