clove hitch

  1. 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.

Origin of clove hitch

First recorded in 1760–70; see origin at clove3
  • Also called builder's knot.

Words Nearby clove hitch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use clove hitch in a sentence

  • A kind of double clove-hitch is generally used, but the simple one suffices, and is more easily recollected.

    The Art of Travel | Francis Galton
  • Take this silk rope, Gomez, and clove-hitch it well up the trunk.

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede" | H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
  • In making nets this clove hitch is used to attach the first row of meshes to the top line or head rope, as it is called.

  • A clove hitch is this same knot made around a spar or other article, instead of on its own standing part.

    Practical Boat-Sailing | Douglas Frazar
  • 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

  1. a knot or hitch used for securing a rope to a spar, post, or larger rope

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