figure eight

From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search




figure eight (plural figure eights)

  1. The shape consisting of two circles or ovals joined together at one point, resembling the numeral 8.
  2. A maneuver in which one rides, skates, or otherwise traces a path that forms a figure eight.
    • 2018 February, Robert Draper, “They are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet: Technology and Our Increasing Demand for Security have Put Us All under Surveillance. Is Privacy Becoming just a Memory?”, in National Geographic[1], Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 14 June 2018:
      The bikers pop wheelies and execute speedy figure eights along the busy street. Still, something more purposeful than joyriding would seem to be on their minds.
  3. A variety of puffer fish (Tetraodontidae).




figure eight (third-person singular simple present figure eights, present participle figure eighting, simple past and past participle figure eighted)

  1. Alternative form of figure-eight
    • 1916, Poultney Bigelow, James Henry Worman, Albert Britt, Outing - Volume 68, page 492:
      The four and a half ounce rod doubled and dipped and figure eighted while the line literally smoked.
    • 1980, United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Omnibus Territorial Legislation--1980: Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-sixth Congress:
      The giant drifter is stowed in the foc'sl in the rolled condition, being figure eighted against the side of the bow on hooks.
    • 1983, Surgery Operative Practice Manual: VM COLL 620 1983-1984, page 90:
      An orthopedic wire is figure eighted around the Kirschner wire and pulled tight.
    • 1997, Craven Kurz, Contemporary Lingual Orthodontics, page 83:
      The six anterior teeth are "figure eighted" together as well and retraced "en masse."