Definition of crampon
1 : a hooked clutch or dog for raising heavy objects —usually used in plural
2 : a climbing iron used especially on ice and snow in mountaineering —usually used in plural
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Which is why, on their trip to Iceland for Interstellar, the duo strapped on crampons and hiked up Eyjafjallajökull, a 5,000-foot-tall volcano that last erupted in 2010.
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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
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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