from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A form or representation, such as a knot or an ice-skating maneuver, that has the shape of the numeral 8.

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  • noun The shape consisting of two circles or ovals joined together at one point, resembling the numeral 8.
  • verb To move in a figure eight pattern.
  • verb slang To engage in mutual masturbation (meaning 2).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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
  • noun a skating figure that carves an 8 in the ice


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  • In boating, this is a quick and convenient "stopper knot" that prevents a line from sliding out of sight. Even if jammed tightly against a block, it doesn't bind and can be undone easily--but because of this, it can also easily fall undone on its own.

    January 9, 2008