pi·​ton | \ˈpē-ˌtän \

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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Now the apparel maker has released a new line of workwear made from a fabric named after the iron forge that was once used to make pitons, chocks, and wedges. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "This Patagonia Apron Is Made for Working," 12 Apr. 2018 The mountain is considered a non-technical climb, which means no ropes, no picks and no pitons — just hiking for seven or eight days. David Skalski, Philly.com, "He just had a lung transplant. Now he's training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro," 14 Feb. 2018 Where to hammer a piton into rock or ice to secure a rope on which life might hang? Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Fred Beckey, Conqueror and Chronicler of North American Peaks, Dies at 94," 31 Oct. 2017 The innovative three-wall concept assures sweeping views of the photogenic twin Pitons, Saint Lucia's famed volcanic plugs, as well as the Caribbean. Allison Tibaldi, CNN, "10 hotels to commune with nature," 16 May 2017 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. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Scaling the World’s Most Lethal Mountain, in the Dead of Winter," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of piton

1898, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of piton

: 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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