- a splice made in a rope by turning back one end and interweaving it with the main body of the rope so as to form a loop.
Origin of eye splice
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for eye splice
The stirrups fit to staples in the yard, with an eye-splice.The Seaman's Friend
Richard Henry Dana
Don't set them up to bands; eye-splice and put them over the spar.On Yachts and Yacht Handling
Thomas Fleming Day
The eye-splice is used to form a permanent loop in the end of a rope.
A tail-block is a single block strapped with an eye-splice and having a long end by which to make the block fast temporarily.
The messenger has an eye-splice at each end, through which several turns of a strong lashing are passed, forming an endless rope.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- an eye formed in a rope by splicing the end into its standing part
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