verb (used with object)

to fasten by means of a timber hitch.

Origin of timber-hitch

First recorded in 1880–85

timber hitch


a knot or hitch on a spar or the like, made by taking a turn on the object, wrapping the end around the standing part of the rope, then several times around itself.

Origin of timber hitch

First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for timber-hitch

Historical Examples of timber-hitch

  • The timber-hitch should be kept in place on the bow, and the bowline-knot slipped back on the bow when it is unstrung.

  • A timber-hitch; when tightened the line binds around the timber so that it will not slip.

    Boat-Building and Boating

    Daniel Carter Beard

  • A timber-hitch had better have the loose end twisted more than once, if the rope be stiff.

    The Art of Travel

    Francis Galton

  • We put a timber-hitch round the body of the mine and hung the hitch up with strands to two of the horns.

    The Fleets Behind the Fleet

    W. MacNeile (William MacNeile) Dixon

  • When you want a temporary fastening, secure yet easily undone, make a timber-hitch (Fig. 70).

    On the Trail

    Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard

British Dictionary definitions for timber-hitch

timber hitch


a knot used for tying a rope round a spar, log, etc, for haulage
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