Definition of clove hitch in English:

clove hitch

Line breaks: clove hitch
Pronunciation: /ˈkləʊvhɪtʃ
 
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noun

  • A knot by which a rope is secured by passing it twice round a spar or another rope that it crosses at right angles in such a way that both ends pass under the loop of rope at the front.
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    • It was what farmers call two half hitches, and sailors, a clove hitch…
    • She formed the two loops, a simple clove hitch, and slid them over the right wrist of the figure kneeling in front of her.
    • Knowing that there is a small intermediate ledge before the belay ledge I loosen the clove hitch and attempt to pay out another 10 feet of rope so that I can make it to the next to last ledge.

Origin

mid 18th century: clove, past tense of cleave1 (because the rope appears as separate parallel lines at the back of the knot).

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