- a figure or form composed of two loops formed by a continuous line crossing itself, as in the figure 8, especially as traced on ice in figure skating.
Origin of figure eight
figure of eight
- figure eight.
- a knot resembling the figure 8.
Origin of figure of eight
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Contemporary Examples of figure eight
Even Slayer frontman Tom Araya announced in 2010 he was retiring his signature helicopter and figure-eight style thrashing.Doctors Say Motörhead Is So Hardcore, They Could Make Your Brain Bleed
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Historical Examples of figure eight
"Here's what's left of the hobbles the buckskin wore," he said, holding up the cut loops of a figure-eight rope hobble.The Heritage of the Sioux
In 1903 the Gordon-Bennett cup race was held in Ireland, over a course of 368 miles, twice around a figure-eight track.The Automobilist Abroad
M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
Sides, a double selvage of two or three cords, often attached to the sides in figure-eight fashion.
Sides, a double overcasting attached in figure-eight fashion to the sides, or a double selvage having from three to five cords.
Only a step beyond the figure-eight and the overhand knots are the "Square" and "Reefing" knots (Figs. 11 and 12).Knots, Splices and Rope Work
A. Hyatt Verrill
figure of eight
- an outline of the number 8 traced on ice by a skater
- a flight manoeuvre by an aircraft outlining a figure 8
- a knot in the shape of a figure 8 made to prevent the unreeving of a rope
- a climber's knot in the shape of a figure 8 made with a doubled rope to provide a secure loop
- an angler's knot sometimes used to attach a fly to a leader or dropper