Meaning of rappel in English:

rappel

Pronunciation /raˈpɛl/

Translate rappel into Spanish

verbrappels, rappelling, rappelled

  • Descend a rock face or other near-vertical surface by using a doubled rope coiled around the body and fixed at a higher point; abseil.

    ‘they had to rappel down a long steep ice face’
    • ‘Ed managed to get in an anchor, and was able to arrange a rappel back to the ground.’
    • ‘With a nod from an instructor, I began the rappel down the ground floor 210 feet below.’
    • ‘We started down and did two rappels in the Stettner Couloir.’
    • ‘Rick and Derek rapped down to the ledge, pulled the ropes, set up the next rappel, and started down again.’
    • ‘Team Fred had just finished the rappel at Bridal Veil Falls.’
    • ‘Far off to one side of the great cliff, we were arranging the short rappels back to the ground via the standard East Ledges descent route.’
    • ‘Here the group assesses the rappel down the waterfall.’
    • ‘The really strange thing is that on the way up I had collected the gear that Iron Mike and I had placed for our rappels back in 1993!’
    • ‘This classic objective adds multipitch rock climbing and a thrilling 150-foot rappel to your bag of tricks.’
    • ‘Amy, Matt, and Tom each completed their rappel and two climbs.’
    • ‘It was a nice rappel, the redirect caused no problems going down, and there was only light spray near bottom thanks to the redirect and low water levels.’
    • ‘We'll rope up as needed for belayed climbing and rappels.’
    • ‘Every rappel, every belay, was made off just one anchor.’
    • ‘Despite losing her shoe, Katie Long, 11, rappels down a vertical 50-foot wall.’
    • ‘Then I set up my rappel and checked everything again.’
    • ‘Canyoneering starts with a mountain hike followed by a rappel alongside breathtaking waterfalls that drop anywhere from 12 to 120 feet.’
    • ‘If we are descending the Grand Teton and I am setting the anchor for the 120-foot rappel into the Upper Saddle, I have an obligation to form such beliefs as this anchor point is solid only after careful scrutiny and testing.’
    • ‘During the course troops are trained in advanced communications, Morse code, adjusting both naval gunfire and artillery, forward air control techniques, and helicopter operations, including helicopter rappels.’
    • ‘With suspended walkways and observation platforms high in the treetops, and rappels down some of the biggest, tallest trees in the world, the views are breathtaking.’
    • ‘Archie describes the rappel itself as ‘fabulous from beginning to end,’ but he admits to some healthy trepidation.’

noun

  • A descent made by rappelling; an abseil.

    ‘they were careful in setting up the rappel’
    • ‘Ed managed to get in an anchor, and was able to arrange a rappel back to the ground.’
    • ‘With a nod from an instructor, I began the rappel down the ground floor 210 feet below.’
    • ‘We started down and did two rappels in the Stettner Couloir.’
    • ‘Rick and Derek rapped down to the ledge, pulled the ropes, set up the next rappel, and started down again.’
    • ‘Team Fred had just finished the rappel at Bridal Veil Falls.’
    • ‘Far off to one side of the great cliff, we were arranging the short rappels back to the ground via the standard East Ledges descent route.’
    • ‘Here the group assesses the rappel down the waterfall.’
    • ‘The really strange thing is that on the way up I had collected the gear that Iron Mike and I had placed for our rappels back in 1993!’
    • ‘This classic objective adds multipitch rock climbing and a thrilling 150-foot rappel to your bag of tricks.’
    • ‘Amy, Matt, and Tom each completed their rappel and two climbs.’
    • ‘It was a nice rappel, the redirect caused no problems going down, and there was only light spray near bottom thanks to the redirect and low water levels.’
    • ‘We'll rope up as needed for belayed climbing and rappels.’
    • ‘Every rappel, every belay, was made off just one anchor.’
    • ‘Despite losing her shoe, Katie Long, 11, rappels down a vertical 50-foot wall.’
    • ‘Then I set up my rappel and checked everything again.’
    • ‘Canyoneering starts with a mountain hike followed by a rappel alongside breathtaking waterfalls that drop anywhere from 12 to 120 feet.’
    • ‘If we are descending the Grand Teton and I am setting the anchor for the 120-foot rappel into the Upper Saddle, I have an obligation to form such beliefs as this anchor point is solid only after careful scrutiny and testing.’
    • ‘During the course troops are trained in advanced communications, Morse code, adjusting both naval gunfire and artillery, forward air control techniques, and helicopter operations, including helicopter rappels.’
    • ‘With suspended walkways and observation platforms high in the treetops, and rappels down some of the biggest, tallest trees in the world, the views are breathtaking.’
    • ‘Archie describes the rappel itself as ‘fabulous from beginning to end,’ but he admits to some healthy trepidation.’

Origin

1930s from French, literally ‘a recalling’, from rappeler in the sense ‘bring back to oneself’ (with reference to the rope manoeuvre).