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figure eight

noun
1.
a figure or form composed of two loops formed by a continuous line crossing itself, as in the figure 8, especially as traced on ice in figure skating.
Also called figure of eight.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605

figure of eight

noun
2.
a knot resembling the figure 8.
Origin
1595-1605
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British Dictionary definitions for figure eight

figure of eight

noun
1.
an outline of the number 8 traced on ice by a skater
2.
a flight manoeuvre by an aircraft outlining a figure 8
3.
  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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