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

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

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a kind of hitch used for temporarily marking fast a rope to a spar. See Illust. under Hitch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.

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

  • n. 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