figure of eight



a knot resembling the figure 8.

Nearby words

  1. figure,
  2. figure and ground,
  3. figure eight,
  4. figure eight suture,
  5. figure in,
  6. figure of merit,
  7. figure of speech,
  8. figure on,
  9. figure out,
  10. figure skate

Origin of figure of eight

First recorded in 1595–1605 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for figure of eight

figure of eight

figure eight


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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