rolling hitch

  1. a hitch on a spar or the like, composed of two round turns and a half hitch so disposed as to jam when a stress is applied parallel to the object on which the hitch is made.

Origin of rolling hitch

First recorded in 1835–45

Words Nearby rolling hitch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rolling hitch in a sentence

  • Calling to Maud to cease lowering, I went on deck and made the watch-tackle fast to the mast with a rolling hitch.

    The Sea-Wolf | Jack London
  • rolling hitch: For shifting the fall from one end of a windlass to the other.

    The Gunner's Examiner | Harold E. Cloke

British Dictionary definitions for rolling hitch

rolling hitch

  1. a knot used for fastening one rope to another or to a spar, being easily released but jamming when the rope is pulled

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