1. [ verb ] lower oneself with a double rope coiled around the body from a mountainside
Synonyms: rope_down rappel

"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"

Related terms: descend sport mountaineer
2. [ noun ] a descent down a nearly vertical surface by using a doubled rope that is coiled around the body and attached to some higher point
Related terms: descent
Similar spelling:   abseiler