Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A splice formed by bending a rope's end back, and fastening it into the rope, forming a loop or eye. See Illust. under splice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a sort of eye or circle formed by splicing the end of a rope into itself. Also called spliced eye.

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Examples

  • Both ends of the line are exposed; the lower end terminating in an eye-splice or loop coming up from the bottom against the side of the tub, and hanging over its edge completely disengaged from everything.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • As the last one is flung away, its eye-splice still in midair framing a teardrop vista of gutted Swinem-nde, Frau Gnahb, sensing the release from land through her feet, gets under way in the usual manner, nearly losing a chimp over the fantail and sending Haftung's half-dozen lovelies sprawling in a winsome tangle of legs, bottoms and breasts.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • Bracing his mustache in what he figures to be a stiff upper lip, Ian Scuffling climbs on, one foot through an eye-splice, the other hanging free.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • Foucault and Parratt, and about the middle of the second dog-watch -- seven o'clock in the evening -- they were sitting on the deck working an eye-splice in the end of a large rope.

    John Thorndyke's Cases related by Christopher Jervis and edited by R. Austin Freeman

  • "Most likely only another tin skimmer of a yacht," suggested the mate, tossing the eye-splice and the marline-spike into the open hatch of the lazaret.

    Blow The Man Down A Romance Of The Coast - 1916

  • He was seated cross-legged on the top of the house and was hammering down the lumps in a freshly twisted eye-splice with the end of

    Blow The Man Down A Romance Of The Coast - 1916

  • Next instant, the heavy eye-splice in the rope's final end flew out of the stark-empty tub, knocked down an oarsmen, and smiting the sea, disappeared in its depths.

    Great Sea Stories

  • Next instant, the heavy eye-splice in the rope's final end flew out of the stark-empty tub, knocked down an oarsman, and smiting the sea, disappeared in its depths.

    Moby Dick: or, the White Whale

  • Next instant, the heavy eye-splice in the rope’s final end flew out of the stark-empty tub, knocked down an oarsman, and smiting the sea, disappeared in its depths.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

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