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  • n. A permanent loop, or eye, formed at the end of a laid rope by splicing the free end back into the standing part.


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  • In three-stranded rope, the eye splice creates a secure loop at the end of the rope. It may be used, for example, to secure a painter (the line that anchors the boat to a dock) to the bow of a dinghy or a rope to the handle of a bucket.

    February 23, 2008