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overhand knot

a simple knot of various uses that slips easily.
Also called single knot.
Origin of overhand knot
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There is also a bundle of unspun hair tied in the center with an overhand knot .

  • A bight is first formed and an overhand knot made with the end around the standing part.

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  • The two ropes are laid alongside one another, then with each end an overhand knot is made around the standing part of the other.

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  • Then take an overhand knot with the two ends, divide the yarns, and stick them as in a long splice.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • If the seizing is small cordage, take a wall-knot in the end; if spunyarn, an overhand knot.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • There are three kinds of knots—the overhand knot, the square knot and the "Granny" knot.

  • Using the overhand knot, tie each color alternately, until all except about four inches of cord is used up.

  • Double each piece in the middle and, using the overhand knot, tie it over a stout lead pencil or a very narrow ruler.

  • overhand knot—to prevent unraveling of rope, starting of a square knot; also a stop knot.

    Educational Toys Louis C. Petersen
  • Banister bar—is made by tying the overhand knot over a core of any desired thickness.

    Educational Toys Louis C. Petersen
British Dictionary definitions for overhand knot

overhand knot

a knot formed by making a loop in a piece of cord and drawing one end through it Also called thumb knot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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