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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ahp-zahyl, ab-seyl]
    • /ˈɑp zaɪl, ˈæb seɪl/
    • /ˈæb.seɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahp-zahyl, ab-seyl]
    • /ˈɑp zaɪl, ˈæb seɪl/

Definitions of abseil word

  • verb abseil To abseil down a cliff or rock face means to slide down it in a controlled way using a rope, with your feet against the cliff or rock. 3
  • verb abseil to descend a steep slope or vertical drop by a rope secured from above and coiled around one's body or through karabiners attached to one's body in order to control the speed of descent 3
  • verb abseil to descend by rope from a helicopter 3
  • noun abseil an instance or the technique of abseiling 3
  • intransitive verb abseil to descend by rappelling 3
  • noun abseil such a descent 3

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Origin of abseil

First appearance:

before 1930
One of the 10% newest English words
1930-35; < German abseilen (ab- down + seilen to rope)

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abseil popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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