(mountaineering) a descent of a vertical cliff or wall made by using a doubled rope that is fixed to a higher point and wrapped around the body. Synonyms:rappel.
lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside; "The ascent was easy--roping down the mountain would be much more difficult and dangerous", "You have to learn how to abseil when you want to do technical climbing". Synonyms:rappel, rope down.
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