climb

Definitions

General English

  • verb to go up, over or down something using arms and legs
  • verb to go higher

General Science

Aviation

  • noun the act of increasing altitude by use of power
  • verb to increase altitude by use of power

Military

  • noun an upward movement
  • verb to move upwards (especially using the hands and feet)

Sports

  • verb to go up mountains or rocks on foot or using hands and feet as a sport

Travel

  • noun the act of going up

Origin & History of “climb”

The original notion contained in climb seems not to have been so much ‘ascent’ as ‘holding on’. Old English climban came from a prehistoric west Germanic *klimban, a nasalized variant of the base which produced English cleave ‘adhere’. To begin with this must have meant strictly ‘go up by clinging on with the hands and feet’ – to ‘swarm up’, in fact – but already by the late Old English period we find it being used for ‘rising’ in general. The original past tense clamb, which died out in most areas in the 16th century, is probably related to clamp ‘fastening’ (14th c.).
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