Definition of carrick bend in English:

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carrick bend

Pronunciation: /ˌkarik ˈbend/


A kind of knot used to join ropes, especially hawsers, end to end, especially so that they can go around a capstan without jamming.
Example sentences
  • The double carrick bend is used for joining 2 very thick ropes at the end, usually used by towboats to tow large cargo ships.
  • Probably, the most famous knot used in English heraldry is what is referred to today as the carrick bend.
  • The carrick bend, alas, is also known as the sailor's knot, which is not fair.


Early 19th century: from bend2: carrick perhaps an alteration of carrack.

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