clove hitch

noun
\ ˈklōv- How to pronounce clove hitch (audio) \

Definition of clove hitch

: a knot securing a rope temporarily to an object (such as a post or spar) and consisting of a turn around the object, over the standing part, around the object again, and under the last turn — see knot illustration

Examples of clove hitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clove hitch is useful for attaching a rope onto a carabiner, or tying in at an anchor. Chris Brinlee Jr., Outside Online, 16 Mar. 2016 Lay the poles beside each other, and tie a clove hitch around one of the outer poles, about 6 inches from the end. The Editors, Field & Stream, 5 June 2020 In the two pole gaps, make two tight frapping turns, then finish with a clove hitch around the first pole. The Editors, Field & Stream, 5 June 2020 Mosquitoes filled the air as Alex Contreras, 14, taught two girls, Ellen Hossain, 11, and Charlotte Young, 9, how to tie a clove hitch knot around a long wooden stick. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Kayla Epstein, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2019 Mosquitoes filled the air as Alex Contreras, 14, taught two girls, Ellen Hossain, 11, and Charlotte Young, 9, how to tie a clove hitch knot around a long wooden stick. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Kayla Epstein, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2019 Mosquitoes filled the air as Alex Contreras, 14, taught two girls, Ellen Hossain, 11, and Charlotte Young, 9, how to tie a clove hitch knot around a long wooden stick. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Kayla Epstein, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2019 Mosquitoes filled the air as Alex Contreras, 14, taught two girls, Ellen Hossain, 11, and Charlotte Young, 9, how to tie a clove hitch knot around a long wooden stick. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Kayla Epstein, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2019 Mosquitoes filled the air as Alex Contreras, 14, taught two girls, Ellen Hossain, 11, and Charlotte Young, 9, how to tie a clove hitch knot around a long wooden stick. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Kayla Epstein, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of clove hitch

circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clove hitch

Middle English cloven, clove divided, from past participle of clevien to cleave

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“Clove hitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clove%20hitch. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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