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Noun: rappel  ru'pel or pa'pel
  1. (mountaineering) a descent of a vertical cliff or wall made by using a doubled rope that is fixed to a higher point and wrapped around the body
    - abseil [Brit]
Verb: rappel (rappelled,rappelling, or [US] rappeled,rappeling)  ru'pel or pa'pel
  1. (sport) lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside
    "You have to learn how to rappel when you want to do technical climbing";
    - abseil [Brit], rope down

Derived forms: rappeled, rappels, rappelled, rappeling, rappelling

Type of: come down, descend, descent, fall, go down

Encyclopedia: Rappel