verb \rə-ˈpel, ra-\

: to move down a steep cliff, rock, etc., by pushing your feet against its surface and sliding down a rope

rap·pelled also rap·peledrap·pel·ling also rap·pel·ing

Full Definition of RAPPEL

intransitive verb
:  to descend (as from a cliff) by sliding down a rope passed under one thigh, across the body, and over the opposite shoulder or through a special friction device
rappel noun

Origin of RAPPEL

French, literally, recall, from Old French rapel, from rapeler to recall, from re- + apeler to appeal, call — more at appeal
First Known Use: 1944

Other General Sports Terms

kegler, mulligan, turkey


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