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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.
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Origin of eye splice

First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for eye splice

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • The eye-splice is used to form a permanent loop in the end of a rope.

    The Gunner's Examiner

    Harold E. Cloke

  • 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 Gunner's Examiner

    Harold E. Cloke

  • 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


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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