figure-of-eight
noun see figure eight

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • figure of eight — BrE .figure eight AmE n the pattern or shape of a number eight, as seen in a knot, dance etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • figure of eight — noun a knot having the shape of the numeral 8; tied in a rope that has been passed through a hole or pulley and that prevents the rope from coming loose • Syn: ↑figure eight • Hypernyms: ↑knot * * * noun see figure eight * * * 1. See …   Useful english dictionary

  • figure of eight — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms figure of eight : singular figure of eight plural figure of eights British the shape of the number 8 …   English dictionary

  • figure of eight — figures of eight N COUNT A figure of eight is something that has the shape of the number 8, for example a knot or a movement done by a skater. [BRIT] (in AM, usually use figure eight) …   English dictionary

  • figure of eight — fig′ure of eight′ n. 1) figure eight 2) navig. a knot resembling the figure 8 • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • figure-of-eight — noun, pl figures of eight [count] Brit : ↑figure eight …   Useful english dictionary

  • figure-of-eight — noun a) A device for abseiling, so called for its shape. Also figure eight, figure 8. b) A type of knot …   Wiktionary

  • figure of eight — (N. Amer. figure eight) noun an object or movement having the shape of the number eight …   English new terms dictionary

  • figure of eight — BrE, figure eight AmE noun (C) the pattern or shape of a number eight, as seen in a knot, dance etc …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • figure of eight — 1. See figure eight. 2. a knot resembling the figure 8. See illus. under knot. [1595 1605] * * * …   Universalium

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