American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hitch made in a line to shorten it.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The shank or leg of a sheep; hence, something lank, slender, or weak: in the quotation applied to a bridge.
- n. Nautical, a kind of knot, hitch, or bend made on a rope to shorten it temporarily.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A hitch by which a rope may be temporarily shortened.
- n. a knot for shortening a line
- sheep + shank (Wiktionary)
“The next day, we all commenced in earnest our studies in navigation and seamanship, the naval instructor with his assistants working us up in our mathematics and imparting to us the elements of plane and spherical trigonometry; while the boatswain and his mates gave us practical lessons in the setting up of rigging and making of knots, so that there should be no chance of our mistaking a "sheepshank" for a "cat's paw," or a "Flemish eye" for a "grommet!”
“Although, I'd classify Thom as a good drawer of ugly people. sheepshank”
“Is there anything we can do to keep my illustrations with his stories? sheepshank”
“Moeller gulped the last of his milk and rose, just in time to have a bubble of gas twist his intestine like a sailor knotting a sheepshank.”
“Oaxyctl held up the bight of a line, the loop flopping over, and tied a sheepshank.”
“Oaxyctl pulled the knot apart and demonstrated the bowline, the sheepshank, a simple square knot, and a sheet bend.”
“Oaxyctl concentrated on joining two lines together with a sheepshank knot.”
“Stupified as I was, some instinct must have told me not to refuse Gallantin's invitation a second time-it's a good rule, as I hope I've demonstrated, that when scalp-hunters offer you a squaw, you should take her away quick and quiet, and if you don't fancy her, then teach her the two times table, or "Tintern Abbey", or how to tie a sheepshank.”
“Figs. 81-82 illustrate two other forms of shortenings, but these can only be used where the end of the rope is free, and are intended for more permanent fastenings than the ordinary sheepshank; while Fig. 83 is particularly adapted to be cast loose at a moment's notice by jerking out the toggles, _A_, _B_.”
“I doubt na, frien, yell think yere nae sheepshank, 90”
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O time, thou must untangle this, not I.
It is too hard a knot for me to untie.
-- Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act 2, scene 2
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