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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a knot made by unlaying the strands of a rope, and making a bight with the first strand, then passing the second over the end of the first, and the third over the end of the second and through the bight of the first; a wale knot. Wall knots may be single or double, crowned or double-crowned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a large knot made on the end of a rope by interweaving the strands in a particular manner.


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