crampon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n crampon an iron spike attached to the shoe to prevent slipping on ice when walking or climbing
    • n crampon a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crampon a device with pointed metal projections worn over the shoes to provide traction when walking over ice, or in mountaineering; -- usually used in the plural.
    • Crampon (Bot) An aërial rootlet for support in climbing, as of ivy.
    • Crampon same as crampoon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crampon An iron instrument fastened to the shoes of a storming party, to assist them in climbing a rampart.
    • n crampon An apparatus used in the raising of heavy weights, as timber or stones, and consisting of two hooked pieces of iron hinged together somewhat like double calipers.
    • n crampon In botany, an adventitious root which serves as a fulcrum or support, as in the ivy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Crampon a grappling-iron: a pointed plate for the foot in hill-climbing
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Crampoons
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. crampe; cf. Dut. kramp, Ger. krampf.

Usage

In literature:

Of course we soon learned never to go about without crampons on the feet.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
It was so steep that the pony could only be led up and we had to put on crampons to grip the ice.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Here crampons are used.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 456" by Various
There were ropes, picks, and crampons, and sets of metamagnetic boots and grapples.
"The Judas Valley" by Gerald Vance
On setting foot upon the ice, Tartarin could not help smiling at the recollection of the Guggi and his perfected crampons.
"Tartarin On The Alps" by Alphonse Daudet
In Paris the labours of Lefebure, Buffet-Crampon, and Goumas are pre-eminent.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Two members of the party were provided with crampons, and derived great steadiness and safety from their use.
"Climbing in The British Isles, Vol. II" by W. P. Haskett Smith
And though crampons afterwards came up to our camps wherever we went they were not destined to help us, and in the event were never used.
"Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921" by Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
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In poetry:

condign Heaven. Tighten into a ball
elongate & valved Henry. Tuck him peace.
Render him sightless,
or ruin at high rate his crampon focus,
wipe out his need. Reduce him to the rest of us.
—But, Bones, you is that.
"Dream Song 25: Henry, edged, decidedly, made up stories" by John Berryman

In news:

No crampons or ice axes are needed during the summer hiking months.
You have to be in great shape and, at most points in the year, you'll need technical climbing equipment like ropes, an ice ax, and crampons.
These nails are like built in crampons.
David Undercoffler of the Los Angeles Times writes: Think Zac Efron in crampons or Gisele Bundchen in a ski parka.
His ice pick felt like dead weight in his aching hand and the crampon spikes on the soles of his boots made walking even more painful.
Former Climbing magazine editor-in-chief Dougald MacDonald explains how to sharpen crampons.
Former Climbing magazine editor-in-chief Dougald MacDonald explains how to sharpen crampons for ice climbing.
One morning this week George Dunn, his crampons crunching through the snow atop Mount Rainier, likely will make history and it won't even be the highlight of his day.
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