figure eight


noun

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

First recorded in 1595–1605
Also called figure of eight.

Definition for figure eight (2 of 2)

figure of eight

noun

a knot resembling the figure 8.

Origin of figure of eight

First recorded in 1595–1605
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figure of eight

figure eight


noun

an outline of the number 8 traced on ice by a skater
a flight manoeuvre by an aircraft outlining a figure 8
  1. a knot in the shape of a figure 8 made to prevent the unreeving of a rope
  2. a climber's knot in the shape of a figure 8 made with a doubled rope to provide a secure loop
  3. an angler's knot sometimes used to attach a fly to a leader or dropper
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