from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A knot used for fastening a rope around a spar or log to be hoisted or towed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, the end of a rope taken round a spar, led under and over the standing part, and passed two or three turns round its own part, making a jamming eye. See hitch.

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  • noun a multiple hitch knot used to attach a line or rope to a spar where diagonal strain, or towing, is required

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  • noun a hitch used to secure a rope to a log or spar; often supplemented by a half hitch


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  • Provides a strong temporary attachment to cargo or to a log or spar. It can be used to tow a log or spar afloat or on land; when used this way, it's placed near the center of the spar and a separate half hitch is dropped over the end of the spar to act as a guide. A benefit of this hitch is that when the load is released, the knot almost falls undone on its own.

    January 9, 2008