One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A peg or spike driven into a rock or crack to support a climber or a rope.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Is their experience diminished because they are encumbered with technologies such as ropes, pitons, and freeze-dried foods?’
- ‘He noted that some younger members had adopted the new techniques of rock climbing with pitons and ropes, a method he himself enjoyed.’
- ‘But you cannot really spare the time for that because you may be clinging precariously to a cliff face, attached to ropes and pitons.’
- 1.1the 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 south-western coast of the island.
Late 19th century: from French, literally ‘eye bolt’.
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