Definition of piton
: a spike, wedge, or peg that is driven into a rock or ice surface as a support (as for a mountain climber)
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The innovative three-wall concept assures sweeping views of the photogenic twin Pitons, Saint Lucia's famed volcanic plugs, as well as the Caribbean.
If a team numbers 10 climbers, six will take the role of worker bees, laying pitons and ropes and tents at camps higher on the mountain.
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Origin and Etymology of piton
First Known Use: 1898See Words from the same year
PITON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of piton for English Language Learners
: a pointed piece of metal used in rock climbing that is hammered into a crack in the rock in order to hold the rope which is attached to the climber
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