clove hitch

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noun

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.
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clove hitch


noun

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