Definition of abseil in English:

abseil

verb

[NO OBJECT]British
  • Descend a rock face or other near-vertical surface by using a doubled rope coiled round the body and fixed at a higher point; rappel.

    ‘team members had to abseil down sheer cliffs to reach the couple’
    ‘there are facilities for abseiling and rock climbing’

noun

British
  • A descent made by abseiling; a rappel.

    ‘a 120 ft abseil’

Origin

1930s: from German abseilen, from ab down + Seil rope.

Pronunciation

abseil

/ˈabˌsāl/