figure eight

noun
Updated on: 5 Apr 2018

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

  1. The skater traced a figure eight on the ice.

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First Known Use of figure eight

1748

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Definition of figure eight for English Language Learners

  • : something that is shaped like the numeral 8


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