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clove hitch′, 
  • Naval Termsa knot or hitch for fastening a rope to a spar or larger rope, consisting of two half hitches made in opposite directions, the two parts of the rope emerging also in opposite directions. Also called  builder's knot. See illus. under  knot. 
    • see clove3 1760–70

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    clove hitch n
    1. a knot or hitch used for securing a rope to a spar, post, or larger rope
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