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half hitch

  1. a knot or hitch made by forming a bight and passing the end of the rope around the standing part and through the bight.
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Origin of half hitch

First recorded in 1760–70
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Historical Examples of half-hitch

  • I belayed the rope to the second cleat and set a half-hitch on the turns.

    The Uttermost Farthing

    R. Austin Freeman

  • A variation of serving is made by "half-hitch" work, as shown in Figs. 139-140.

  • By making a half-hitch around this internode, the vine is held very firmly.

  • Unhappily, Paddy was standing in the middle of the coil, and before he could jump out of it a half-hitch was caught round his leg.

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The bobbins not actually in use hang down fixed as in lace work by a half-hitch.

British Dictionary definitions for half-hitch


  1. a knot made by passing the end of a piece of rope around itself and through the loop thus made
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