• "Charlie sprang upwards, and climbed aboard."
    "Charlie sprang upwards, and climbed aboard."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v climb increase in value or to a higher point "prices climbed steeply","the value of our house rose sharply last year"
    • v climb improve one's social status "This young man knows how to climb the social ladder"
    • v climb go up or advance "Sales were climbing after prices were lowered"
    • v climb go upward with gradual or continuous progress "Did you ever climb up the hill behind your house?"
    • v climb move with difficulty, by grasping
    • v climb slope upward "The path climbed all the way to the top of the hill"
    • n climb the act of climbing something "it was a difficult climb to the top"
    • n climb an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)
    • n climb an upward slope or grade (as in a road) "the car couldn't make it up the rise"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"The sailor-pupil climbed into the car." "The sailor-pupil climbed into the car."
Showing arches in the walls climbing up to the spire Showing arches in the walls climbing up to the spire
The king climbs to crystal tower to reach Zoulvisia The king climbs to crystal tower to reach Zoulvisia
He climbed to the top of a high tree He climbed to the top of a high tree
Climbed a tree and blew the horn Climbed a tree and blew the horn
William and Dorita climbing the mountain of mattresses William and Dorita climbing the mountain of mattresses

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1982, Larry Walters tied 24 weather balloons to his lawn chair in Los Angeles and climbed to an altitude of 16,000 feet
    • n Climb The act of one who climbs; ascent by climbing.
    • Climb To ascend as if with effort; to rise to a higher point. "Black vapors climb aloft, and cloud the day."
    • Climb (Bot) To ascend or creep upward by twining about a support, or by attaching itself by tendrils, rootlets, etc., to a support or upright surface.
    • Climb To ascend or mount laboriously, esp. by use of the hands and feet.
    • v. t Climb To ascend, as by means of the hands and feet, or laboriously or slowly; to mount.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: D. H. Lawrence enjoyed taking off his clothes and climbing mulberry trees.
    • climb To mount or ascend; especially, ascend by means of both the hands and the feet.
    • climb Hence Figuratively, to rise slowly as if by climbing; ascend; rise.
    • climb Specifically, of plants, to ascend by means of tendrils or adhesive fibers, or by twining the stem or leaf-stalk round a support, as ivy and honeysuckle.
    • climb To go up on or surmount, especially by the use of both the hands and feet.
    • climb Hence Figuratively, to ascend or mount as if by climbing.
    • climb To attain as if by climbing; achieve slowly or with effort.
    • n climb A climbing; an ascent by climbing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you traveled the speed of light, it would only take you 0.0000294 seconds to climb Mt. Everest.
    • v.i., v.t Climb klīm to ascend or mount by clutching with the hands and feet: to ascend with difficulty: to mount
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  • Jonathan Swift
    “Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Fearless minds climb soonest into crowns.”
  • Paul Twitchell
    Paul Twitchell
    “The higher one climbs on the spiritual ladder, the more they will grant others their own freedom, and give less interference to another's state of consciousness.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Climb mountains to see lowlands.”
  • Stephen R. Covey
    “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”
  • Arthur Baer
    Arthur Baer
    “A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn't climb over it.”


Climb on the bandwagon - When people climb on the bandwagon they do something because it is popular and everyone else is doing it.
Climb the greasy pole - Advance within an organisation - especially in politics.
Mountain to climb - If you have a mountain to climb, you have to work hard or make a lot of progress to achieve something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. climban,; akin to OHG. chlimban, G. & D. klimmen, Icel. klīfa, and E. cleave, to adhere
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. climban; cf. Ger. klimmen; conn. with Clamber and Cleave, to stick.


In literature:

I crossed the valley and climbed the wooded hill beyond, a distance of nearly a mile and a half from the farmhouse.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
With great fatigue we climbed an extremely steep incline.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Weak as a starved puppy, his knees bent under him as he climbed.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
So the man just climbed up the tree under which the den was.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Especially interesting is the revelation when one takes it in order, climbing into the range.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
He climbed out of the car, and with another nod the orderly drove it back to the E building.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
He mentions the Roche Miette, which we dodged by fording the river, and he himself forded in order to escape climbing it.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
I climbed up, and balancing myself as well as I could, followed him out into the water.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Ossaroo had never in his life climbed the mighty Himalayas.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Joe dropped behind the rail and watched them climb over the rocks and halt by the empty dory.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton

In poetry:

Now that hands
washed in early sunrises
climb and spill scarlet
on a white lattice weave-
"Crimson Rambler" by Carl Sandburg
But the knock came again
My window was wide;
I climbed on the sill
And descended outside.
"The Lockless Door" by Robert Frost
Here is the wind in the morning;
The kind red face of God
Is looking over the hill
We are climbing.
"Walking Up A Hill At Dawn" by Edward Powys Mathers
When you're near the top, boys,
Of the rugged way,
Do not stop to look around,
But climb, climb away.
"A Chat With the Boys" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Though the way be long, boys.
Fight it with a will;
Never stop to look behind
When climbing up a hill.
"A Chat With the Boys" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Let's get together,
Say, and dear
Kagami Mountain
Climb; the scarlet leaves
Scattering, will make a sight.
"Let's get together" by Ki no Tsurayuki

In news:

Rapids, Timbers hope to climb Western Conference table .
Commerce City, CO – The Portland Timbers and Colorado Rapids are set to do battle in a crucial Western Conference contest at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday as both sides attempt to climb up the table.
Imagine climbing mountains in a foreign country with no food or water, in the most terrible weather conditions.
If consumer prices are climbing, it could reflect an increase in demand for consumer goods, which increases the demand for trucking services.
The core CPI climbed 1.9 percent over the past 12 months.
The core CPI climbed 2.2 percent from June 2011, in line with the median forecast and following a 2.3 percent gain in the 12 months to May.
So far, we've seen corgis take a hike, get stuck climbing stairs, catch treats in slow motion and cover 'Call me Maybe.
I crossed and climbed 20 more feet to pass under an opening into the shed.
COTA ridership climbs to highest level since 1999.
Although there are a handful of "dwarfs" – which grow less than five feet tall – most crape myrtle s end up in the 10- to 30-foot range, and some can climb to more than 35 feet high over a period of years.
In the battle for pop supremacy, two divas are in the lead: industry vet Madonna, 53, whose songs are in their fourth decade of Top 40 relevance, and Lady Gaga, 26, whose flamboyant persona has helped her climb to the top of the charts.
As his new single ' Creepin ' continues to climb up the country music singles chart, he has released the video.
Italy's Manfred Reichegger climbs his way to first place in the men's division of the North American Ski Mountaineering Championships at Crested Butte on Jan 29.
Kevin Sellers reaches the top of Eaglecrest's gravel road during the Full Eaglecrest Hill Climb on Saturday.
I want to do this to the best of my ability, climb that ladder again in the public eye, play some cricket in a positive way.

In science:

One may even compare this case with a parabolic barrier, U = −kx2 , for a particle with zero energy. A classical particle will climb this barrier only during an infinite time.
Tunneling into black hole, escape from black hole, reflection from horizon and pair creation
It is then possible to have a very small ptmin to see the onset of the rise around 10 ÷ 20 GeV , without encountering too large a cross-section when the energy climbs into the TeV range and beyond.
Soft gluon radiation and energy dependence of total hadronic cross-sections
This radiation is gravitationally redshifted by climbing away from the cosmological horizon and blueshifted by falling into the inner horizon; thus the e−κΛv and eκ−v factors respectively.
Strong cosmic censorship: the role of nearly extreme nonrotating black holes
With hyperbolic cleaning (dot-dashed) the maximum divergence error is quickly reduced (although increases at later times as the divergence waves cross the periodic domain and interact) whilst the average climbs as the divergence error is spread throughout the domain.
Smoothed Particle Magnetohydrodynamics III. Multidimensional tests and the div B = 0 constraint
Since this molecule is always climbing potential hills, it decelerates as it moves along the beamline, and the time intervals between successive switches must be chosen to increase in correspondence.
Preparation and manipulation of molecules for fundamental physics tests