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figure of eight

a knot resembling the figure 8.
Origin of figure of eight
1595-1605 Unabridged
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  • By dancing in a figure of eight and waggling their abdomens, bees tell their hive-mates about the location of new resources.
British Dictionary definitions for figure of eight

figure of eight

an outline of the number 8 traced on ice by a skater
a flight manoeuvre by an aircraft outlining a figure 8
  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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