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 Another popular online figure who works outdoors is Adam Perry, a tree trimmer in England, who has racked up 245,000 followers on Instagram by posting videos of himself scaling trees with a chain saw and tying knots with names like double Portuguese bowline and clove hitch. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2023 How to Tie the Clove Hitch The clove hitch knot is tied two different ways depending upon how it is being used. Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 12 July 2023 Sailors are familiar with the clove hitch, bowline and cleat hitch. Charles Choi, Discover Magazine, 11 Apr. 2017 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clove hitch was circa 1769

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“Clove hitch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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