climb

\ \ [OE] 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 cleaveadhere’. 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 clampfastening’ [14].
\ \ Cf.CLAMP, CLEAVE

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  • Climb — Climb! Beschreibung Deutschsprachige Kletterzeitschrift Verlag Bruckmann Verlag Erstausgabe 2006 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Climb! — Beschreibung Deutschsprachige Kletterzeitschrift Verlag Bruckmann Verlag Erstausgabe 2006 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • climb — Ⅰ. climb UK US /klaɪm/ verb ► [I] if a price, number, or amount climbs, it increases: costs/prices/rates climb »Our costs have climbed rapidly in the last few years. »climb steadily/steeply/slowly ► [I or T] to improve your position at work or in …   Financial and business terms

  • climb — climb·able; climb; climb·er; up·climb·er; …   English syllables

  • Climb — (kl[imac]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Climbed} (kl[imac]md), Obs. or Vulgar {Clomb} (kl[o^]m); p. pr. & vb. n. {Climbing}.] [AS. climban; akin to OHG. chlimban, G. & D. klimmen, Icel. kl[=i]fa, and E. cleave to adhere.] 1. To ascend or mount… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Climb — Climb, v. t. To ascend, as by means of the hands and feet, or laboriously or slowly; to mount. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Climb — Climb, n. The act of one who climbs; ascent by climbing. Warburton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • climb — ► VERB 1) go or come up to a higher position. 2) go up or scale (a hill, rock face, etc.) 3) (of a plant) grow up (a supporting structure) by clinging to or twining round it. 4) move with effort into or out of a confined space. 5) increase in… …   English terms dictionary

  • climb — index headway, progress, surmount Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • climb — vb *ascend, mount, scale Antonyms: descend …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • climb — [v] crawl, move up ape up*, ascend, clamber, escalade, escalate, go up, mount, rise, scale, soar, top; concept 166 Ant. descend, dismount, go down, retreat …   New thesaurus

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