Definition of sheepshank in English:

sheepshank

noun

  • A kind of knot used to shorten a rope temporarily.

    • ‘Less satisfying is the sensation of having a hundred Belgian eyes on you while you try to remember the difference between a sheepshank and a half-hitch.’
    • ‘To do that would require a knot like the sheepshank, which he knew not how to do.’

Pronunciation

sheepshank

/ˈSHēpˌSHaNGk/