crampon

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noun cram·pon \ˈkram-ˌpän\

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

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Origin and Etymology of crampon

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


First Known Use: 15th century


CRAMPON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of crampon for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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