half hitch

noun

: a simple knot tied by passing the end of a line around an object, across the main part of the line, and then through the resulting loop see knot illustration

Examples of half hitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How to Tie Two Half Hitches Tying two half hitch knots (never just one) is a great way to secure a rope to a post, tree, ATV, truck, tractor, or basically anything. Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 12 July 2023 Pass the working end around the rope again to make the second half hitch knot. Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 12 July 2023 He will be remembered for his superior packing skills, particularly his use of the half hitch. courant.com, 11 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of half hitch was in 1769

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“Half hitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20hitch. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

half hitch

noun
: a simple knot so made as to be easily unfastened see knot illustration

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