figure eight
noun Date: 1748 something resembling the Arabic numeral eight in form or shape: 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

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  • figure eight — figure eights N COUNT A figure eight is the same as a figure of eight. [AM] …   English dictionary

  • figure eight — n. a pattern or form that resembles the shape of the numeral eight (8) figure eight adj …   English World dictionary

  • figure-eight — См. восьмерка. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • figure eight — noun count AMERICAN the shape of the number 8 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • figure eight — noun 1. 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 of eight • Hypernyms: ↑knot 2. a skating figure that carves an 8 in the ice …   Useful english dictionary

  • figure eight — fig′ure eight′ n. a figure or form composed of two loops formed by a continuous line crossing itself, as in the figure 8, esp. as traced on ice in figure skating Also called figure of eight 1) • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • figure eight — a figure or form composed of two loops formed by a continuous line crossing itself, as in the figure 8, esp. as traced on ice in figure skating. Also called figure of eight. [1595 1605] * * * …   Universalium

  • figure eight — /fɪgər ˈeɪt/ (say figuhr ayt) noun 1. a kind of knot made in the shape of a number 8. 2. a shape which resembles the number 8, especially as made by dancers or skaters in performing a set piece. Also, figure of eight …   Australian English dictionary

  • figure eight — 1. noun /ˈfɪɡjɚ eɪt/ The shape consisting of two circles or ovals joined together at one point, resembling the numeral 8. 2. verb /ˈfɪɡjɚ eɪt/ To engage in mutual masturbation (meaning 2) …   Wiktionary

  • figure eight — An exercise in which the horse traces two connected circles, one clockwise and one counter clockwise …   Equestrian sports dictionary

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