figure eight


: something resembling the Arabic numeral eight in form or shape: such as
: a small knot see knot illustration
: an embroidery stitch
: a dance pattern
: 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 With your chest forward, make a figure eight, looping around the blocks. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 3 Jan. 2024 Together, the interplay of the two round mechanisms creates the subtle shape of a figure eight as a nod to the brand’s 8th Fundamental Invention. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 27 Oct. 2023 Take in as much of the land as possible by combining hiking trails to form a figure eight around the park. Madeline Bilis, Travel + Leisure, 10 Aug. 2023 Bees therefore can make three different types of mistakes: pointing in the wrong direction, signaling the wrong distance, or making more errors in performing the figure eight dance pattern – what researchers call disorder errors. Discover Magazine, 14 Mar. 2023 The drone then starts swerving haphazardly, cutting figure eights and zigzags in the air. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 With 41 oval-cut pink sapphires from Madagascar — totaling 57.98 carats — swaths of coral, square-cut diamonds and round mauve sapphires, the cuff forms a figure eight, its rosy pink and magenta gems mimicking the sky at dawn and dusk. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2021 Eight Follow Through knot, more commonly known as the figure eight, is the first knot every climber learns and the most important one in climbing, because it’s used to connect the rope to your harness—that is, tying in. Jayme Moye, Outside Online, 9 June 2017 The fourth, twisted like a figure eight, leaned against the sandstone wall as if protective of the others. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 8 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of figure eight was in 1748

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Cite this Entry

“Figure eight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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