figure of eight

Origin of figure of eight

First recorded in 1595–1605
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figure of eight

figure eight

noun
  1. an outline of the number 8 traced on ice by a skater
  2. 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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