Definition of piton in English:

piton

noun

  • 1A peg or spike driven into a rock or crack to support a climber or a rope.

    • ‘He noted that some younger members had adopted the new techniques of rock climbing with pitons and ropes, a method he himself enjoyed.’
    • ‘Is their experience diminished because they are encumbered with technologies such as ropes, pitons, and freeze-dried foods?’
    • ‘Sometimes he'd open his pack to show us his collection of carabiners, pitons, and ropes.’
    • ‘There's definitely no need for ropes and pitons for this ascent.’
    • ‘But you cannot really spare the time for that because you may be clinging precariously to a cliff face, attached to ropes and pitons.’
    1. 1.1the Pitons Two conical mountains in St Lucia in the Caribbean. Reaching a height of 798 m (2,618 ft) and 750 m (2,461 ft), they rise up out of the sea just off the SW coast of the island.

Origin

Late 19th century: from French, literally eye bolt.

Pronunciation:

piton

/ˈpiːtɒn/