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 To rig it, tie a figure eight on a bight in the bouncer’s factory webbing, then clip the bight to a daisy chain with a carabiner. Emily Stifler Wolfe, Outside Online, 26 Apr. 2021 The retrace figure eight is the most secure and efficient way to connect the end of a rope to a climbing harness. Chris Brinlee Jr., Outside Online, 16 Mar. 2016 Flying in figure eight patterns maximizes the kite’s pulling force and therefore energy yield. Aylin Woodward And, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Make sure there is sufficient slack in the working end of the rope, then tie an overhand on a bight (a curved section of the rope) or a figure eight on a bight, and clip it to the standing end of the rope with a carabiner. Ari Schneider, Outside Online, 8 June 2020 The motif—which is shaped somewhat like an elongated figure eight—was first noticed by Robert Duman, the son-in-law of Emilie Hermès, while on vacation by the sea. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 19 Aug. 2021 Chamberlain portrays the efforts as a figure eight, in which each sector supports one another. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2021 At the spot where the helicopter went down, a white rose was placed upright in the soil next to rocks piled in a figure eight — 8 is one of two jersey numbers Bryant wore during his 20-year NBA career. Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2021 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, 30 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of figure eight

1748, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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“Figure eight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/figure%20eight. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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