In a book about climbing technique (written by an American) I found the following expression:

...: floating a deadpoint from any one of a million different body positions.

While the meaning of any single word in the sentence is clear, I don't understand what "floating a deadpoint" means.

  • I am a native speaker of American English, and I have no idea what the word "deadpoint" means. I don't think I've ever encountered it before. I therefore strongly suspect that this phrase is climbing jargon, not American English.
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    Dec 15, 2011 at 14:41
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It means to make your body move when it has no momentum whatsoever, with all the parts of the body being absolutely still and calm, no matter what its current position is.

  • That sounds like it implies a static move in climbing terms though, whereas deadpointing implies a dynamic move, timed for the moment of zero momentum.
    – Useless
    Dec 16, 2011 at 0:10

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