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eye splice

noun
1.
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
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70
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  • Two three-quarters inch cables (F) with an eye splice in each end are attached to the hooks.

    Motor Truck Logging Methods Frederick Malcolm Knapp
  • An "eye splice" (Fig. 108) is very easy to make and is useful and handy in a great variety of ways.

    Knots, Splices and Rope Work

    A. Hyatt Verrill
British Dictionary definitions for eye splice

eye splice

noun
1.
an eye formed in a rope by splicing the end into its standing part
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