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Etymology edit

From Middle English clymbyng; equivalent to climb +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation edit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈklaɪ̯mɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪmɪŋ

Noun edit

climbing (usually uncountable, plural climbings)

  1. (uncountable) The sport of climbing, ascending a wall or a rock or another object using available holds, generally with the safety of a rope and belayer.
    The next day, the team had to wear special ice climbing footwear while repairing other research devices on the glacier.
  2. (countable) Climb; ascent.

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Verb edit


  1. present participle and gerund of climb

Adjective edit

climbing (not comparable)

  1. (botany, of a plant) That climbs; that grows upwards by gripping onto a surface.

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Noun edit


  1. Alternative form of clymbyng