prusik(redirected from Prusik knot)
1. A knot used to attach a loop of rope to a fixed, larger-diameter rope in such a way that the loop slides freely along the larger rope when not under load but binds up when a load is applied.
2. A loop featuring such a knot.
[After Karl Prusik (1896-1961), Austrian mountaineer who introduced the knot.]
(Mountaineering) Also: prusik knot a sliding knot that locks under pressure and can be used to form a loop (prusik loop) in which a climber can place his foot in order to stand or ascend a rope
vb (intr) , -siks, -siking or -siked
(Mountaineering) to climb (up a standing rope) using prusik loops
[C20: named after Dr Prusik, Austrian climber who devised the knot]
Past participle: prusiked