vb mainly intr
1 also tr; often foll by: up to go up or ascend (stairs, a mountain, etc.)
2 often foll by: along to progress with difficulty
to climb along a ledge
3 to rise to a higher point or intensity
the temperature climbed
4 to incline or slope upwards
the road began to climb
5 to ascend in social position
6 (of plants) to grow upwards by twining, using tendrils or suckers, etc.
7 Informal foll by: into to put (on) or get (into)
8 to be a climber or mountaineer
9 the act or an instance of climbing
10 a place or thing to be climbed, esp. a route in mountaineering
, (Related adj)
scansorial (Old English climban; related to Old Norse klembra to squeeze, Old High German climban to clamber)
vb intr, adv
2 often foll by: from to retreat (from an opinion, position, etc.)
3 a retreat from an opinion, etc.
n a competition in which motor vehicles attempt singly to ascend a steep slope as fast as possible
n a wrestling throw in which a contestant seizes his opponent's arms or neck, places his feet on his opponent's stomach, and falls backwards, straightening his legs and throwing the opponent over his head
1 an instance of rock climbing or the route followed
2 to practise rock climbing
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