from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A knot used to secure a line to a spar, post, or other object, consisting of two half hitches made in opposite directions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a bend formed by two half hitches in opposite directions, used to make a line fast to a spar or to a larger rope; it will not slip

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See under Hitch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See hitch, 6.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a knot used to fasten a line temporarily to a post or spar


Middle English clove, split, past participle of cleven, to split; see cleave1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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