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clove hitch

a knot or hitch for fastening a rope to a spar or larger rope, consisting of two half hitches made in opposite directions, the two parts of the rope emerging also in opposite directions.
Also called builder's knot.
Origin of clove hitch
First recorded in 1760-70; See origin at clove3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They was in a clove hitch again and whisperin' soft and slushy.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Two of these half hitches, side by side, are called by sailors a "clove hitch."

  • Now at about the middle of the rope form two half hitches, or a clove hitch, on the forward cruz or fork of the saddle.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • As he struggled to his feet I stepped over to the blind side of him and tightened the clove hitch around his neck.

    The Flying Bo'sun

    Arthur Mason
  • clove hitch—an effective means for fastening rope to a post or ring.

    Educational Toys Louis C. Petersen
  • A trip-line is made fast to an anchor with a clove hitch round the crown, and either buoyed or led on board.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • The free end was then taken round the leg just above the knee and secured with a clove hitch.

    With Rifle and Bayonet F.S. Brereton
  • However, the filling is looped around the frame instead of a lanyard, and a clove hitch is used.

  • Take a clove hitch round each shroud, hauling well taut, and seize the eye of the other end to the shroud.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • To the middle of this bail Jim tied the thirty-foot painter with a clove hitch.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman
British Dictionary definitions for clove hitch

clove hitch

a knot or hitch used for securing a rope to a spar, post, or larger rope
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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