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eye splice

a splice made in a rope by turning back one end and interweaving it with the main body of the rope so as to form a loop.
Origin of eye splice
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The eye-splice is used to form a permanent loop in the end of a rope.

    The Gunner's Examiner Harold E. Cloke
  • Don't set them up to bands; eye-splice and put them over the spar.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • The stirrups fit to staples in the yard, with an eye-splice.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • A tail-block is a single block strapped with an eye-splice and having a long end by which to make the block fast temporarily.

    The Gunner's Examiner Harold E. Cloke
  • The messenger has an eye-splice at each end, through which several turns of a strong lashing are passed, forming an endless rope.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for eye-splice

eye splice

an eye formed in a rope by splicing the end into its standing part
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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