from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hitch made in a line to shorten it.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of knot which is useful for shortening a rope or taking up slack.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hitch by which a rope may be temporarily shortened.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The shank or leg of a sheep; hence, something lank, slender, or weak: in the quotation applied to a bridge.
- n. Nautical, a kind of knot, hitch, or bend made on a rope to shorten it temporarily.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a knot for shortening a line
sheep + shank (Wiktionary)