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noun cram·pon \ˈkram-ˌpän\

Simple Definition of crampon

  • : a piece of metal with sharp points on the bottom that is worn by mountain climbers on the bottom of boots to make it easier to walk on ice and snow

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crampon

  1. 1 :  a hooked clutch or dog for raising heavy objects —usually used in plural

  2. 2 :  a climbing iron used especially on ice and snow in mountaineering —usually used in plural

Illustration of crampon

Origin and Etymology of crampon

Middle English, from Middle French crampon, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch crampe

First Known Use: 15th century

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