figure eight

figure eight

noun
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

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figure of eight

noun
2.
a knot resembling the figure 8.

Origin:
1595–1605

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figure of eight or figure eight
 
n
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.  a.  a knot in the shape of a figure 8 made to prevent the unreeving of a rope
 b.  a climber's knot in the shape of a figure 8 made with a doubled rope to provide a secure loop
 c.  an angler's knot sometimes used to attach a fly to a leader or dropper
 
figure eight or figure eight
 
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