thumb knot


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thumb knot

n
(Knots) another name for overhand knot
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For Ist floor casualties, methods like Self Rescue by Multi Thumb Knot and Fireman's Lift and sliding stretcher by one ladder were used.
These usually include a simple thumb knot (also used as a stopper knot), a granny knot (two thumb knots jammed together), a reef knot (two opposite-handed thumb knots - easier to undo), a slip knot loop (a thumb knot with a loop), a double slipped reef knot (a bow for tying shoe-laces), a simple necktie knot (technically, a topsail halyard bend!) and often a bowline loop, a clove hitch and a few more you remember from some youth organisation or a hobby you once had.
The figure-eight knot - a stopper knot much easier to undo than a thumb knot.