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
Recent Examples of crampon from the Web
Jenkins has spiked gripping devices, called crampons, strapped to his boots, and his pack exterior includes the halves of a snowboard that can be assembled for back-country travel.
Life becomes detail: Click into the rope and unclick; secure boot crampons and dig for footholds.
An experienced mountaineer, James Sutton is accustomed to layering on clothing and gathering an ice ax, crampons and climbing harness.
Ramos, an avid 45-year-old hiker from Covina who has made the trek three times before, said in an interview Monday that his group was well equipped, with waterproof boots, crampons, ice axes and helmets.
Experts are warning about continued avalanche risk above 8,000 feet in Southern California mountains after two hikers using crampons and ice axes survived a 3,000-foot avalanche and were rescued by helicopter from Mount Baldy last week.
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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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