figure eight

noun

Definition of figure eight

: something resembling the Arabic numeral eight in form or shape: such as
a : a small knot — see knot illustration
b : an embroidery stitch
c : a dance pattern
d : a skater's figure

called also figure-of-eight

Examples of figure eight in a Sentence

The skater traced a figure eight on the ice.
Recent Examples on the Web For the first time, the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 statewide has exceeded 20,000, a figure eight times higher than that on Nov. 1. Los Angeles Times, "California hits new 1-day COVID-19 death record as hospitals plan for potential rationing," 30 Dec. 2020 And those differences in speed mean the sun makes the figure eight. Katie Peek, Popular Science, "What is a solstice? And other questions about the shortest day of the year, answered," 21 Dec. 2020 Kohler and Lutzke incorporated a figure eight design over those 27 acres, which will allow for players to work out three-, six- or 12-hole course. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kohler golf to add par 3 course in 2021: The Baths of Blackwolf Run," 7 Aug. 2020 My own experience with nitrous came at the very end of my labor, after about a dozen drug-free hours of pacing hospital halls, bouncing on balls and wiggling my hips in a figure eight to make the baby’s head dance out from behind my pelvic bone. Sarah Baird, New York Times, "The Rise of Laughing Gas in the Delivery Room," 15 Apr. 2020 In one of the fields, a more modest model, a small blue tractor manufactured by the Japanese company Iseki & Co. drove a figure eight in the wet grass of a fenced-in enclosure without anyone sitting in its seat. Simon Akam, Bloomberg.com, "Driverless Tractors Are Getting Ready for Harvest Season," 10 Nov. 2019 Using a whisk over low heat, make figure eights in the egg and vinegar mixture, banging the whisk against the sides of the pan. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Béarnaise, the French Sauce That Makes Ordinary Food Spectacular," 8 May 2020 To tie a figure eight, also known as a Flemish bend, simply pass the free end of a line over itself to form a loop. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Essential Knots: How to Tie the 20 Knots You Need to Know," 2 Apr. 2019 The Low-Level Obstacles portions will teach the correct ways up and down a hill, a slalom, figure eight, cones, traversing and braking on low obstacles and backing up skills for parking. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Land Rover launches teen off-road driving courses," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of figure eight

1748, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2021

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“Figure eight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/figure%20eight. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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figure eight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of figure eight

US : something that is shaped like the numeral 8

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