Definition of rappel
: to descend (as from a cliff) by sliding down a rope passed under one thigh, across the body, and over the opposite shoulder or through a special friction device
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Thrill-seekers can rappel down the mountainside with Abseil Africa.
Meanwhile, Rachel and Bryan were enjoying the thrill of rappelling down Oslo’s historic Olympic ski jump — 187 feet above ground.
Police and firefighters responded to the scene around 9:15 a.m. and rappelled down the cliff.
The Second One-on-One Date Rachel winnows Bryan from the herd of men and takes him to the top of the world to rappel down from the Holmenkollbakken ski jump while making analogies to marriage.
Stout was one of 22 young women who scaled, rappelled, and climbed their way through Olathe Fire Department’s second annual Hero Day on June 10.
Reynolds noticed a link to Shatterproof, clicked on it and ended up captivated by a video of people raising funds by rappelling.
While those entailed rappelling down a skyscraper and climbing a tower of construction pallets, Flanary said the most difficult task to face was bungee jumping off a bridge in Greece.
Rescuers had to rappel down the mountain to reach the body.
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RAPPEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rappel for English Language Learners
: to move down a steep cliff, rock, etc., by pushing your feet against its surface and sliding down a rope
RAPPEL Defined for Kids
Definition of rappel for Students
: to move down a steep slope (as a cliff) by pushing the feet against its surface and sliding down a rope
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