a tight cluster of people or things
"a small knot of women listened to his sermon"; "the bird had a knot of feathers forming a crest"
any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged
"the saw buckled when it hit a knot"
something twisted and tight and swollen
"their muscles stood out in knots"; "the old man's fists were two great gnarls"; "his stomach was in knots"
nautical mile, mile, mi, naut mi, knot, international nautical mile, air mile(noun)
a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
slub, knot, burl(noun)
soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design
knot, greyback, grayback, Calidris canutus(verb)
a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere
make into knots; make knots out of
"She knotted her fingers"
tie or fasten into a knot
"knot the shoelaces"
ravel, tangle, knot(verb)
tangle or complicate
"a ravelled story"
A unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour.
Cedric claimed his old yacht could make 12 knots.
A nautical mile
one of a variety shore bird; the red-breasted sandpiper (variously Calidris canutus or Tringa canutus)
Origin: From cnotta; (cognate with Old High German knoto; compare also Old Norse knótr > Danish knude, Norwegian knut). Cognate with Dutch knot.
a fastening together of the pars or ends of one or more threads, cords, ropes, etc., by any one of various ways of tying or entangling
a lump or loop formed in a thread, cord, rope. etc., as at the end, by tying or interweaving it upon itself
an ornamental tie, as of a ribbon
a bond of union; a connection; a tie
something not easily solved; an intricacy; a difficulty; a perplexity; a problem
a figure the lines of which are interlaced or intricately interwoven, as in embroidery, gardening, etc
a cluster of persons or things; a collection; a group; a hand; a clique; as, a knot of politicians
a portion of a branch of a tree that forms a mass of woody fiber running at an angle with the grain of the main stock and making a hard place in the timber. A loose knot is generally the remains of a dead branch of a tree covered by later woody growth
a knob, lump, swelling, or protuberance
a protuberant joint in a plant
the point on which the action of a story depends; the gist of a matter
a division of the log line, serving to measure the rate of the vessel's motion. Each knot on the line bears the same proportion to a mile that thirty seconds do to an hour. The number of knots which run off from the reel in half a minute, therefore, shows the number of miles the vessel sails in an hour
a nautical mile, or 6080.27 feet; as, when a ship goes eight miles an hour, her speed is said to be eight knots
a kind of epaulet. See Shoulder knot
a sandpiper (Tringa canutus), found in the northern parts of all the continents, in summer. It is grayish or ashy above, with the rump and upper tail coverts white, barred with dusky. The lower parts are pale brown, with the flanks and under tail coverts white. When fat it is prized by epicures. Called also dunne
to tie in or with, or form into, a knot or knots; to form a knot on, as a rope; to entangle
to unite closely; to knit together
to entangle or perplex; to puzzle
to form knots or joints, as in a cord, a plant, etc.; to become entangled
to knit knots for fringe or trimming
to copulate; -- said of toads
Origin: [OE. knot, knotte, AS. cnotta; akin to D. knot, OHG. chnodo, chnoto, G. knoten, Icel. kntr, Sw. knut, Dan. knude, and perh. to L. nodus. Cf. Knout, Knit.]
A knot is a method of fastening or securing linear material such as rope by tying or interweaving. It may consist of a length of one or several segments of rope, string, webbing, twine, strap, or even chain interwoven such that the line can bind to itself or to some other object. Knots have been the subject of interest for their ancient origins, their common uses, and the area of mathematics known as knot theory.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
not, n. a wading-bird much resembling a snipe, sometimes said, but without evidence, to be named from King Cnut or Canute.
not, n. a bunch of threads or the like entangled or twisted: an interlacement of parts of a cord, &c., by twisting the ends about each other, and then drawing tight the loops thus formed: a piece of ribbon, lace, &c., folded or tied upon itself in some particular form, as shoulder-knot, breast-knot, &c.: anything like a knot in form: a bond of union: a difficulty: the gist of a matter: a cluster: the part of a tree where a branch shoots out: an epaulet: (naut.) a division of the knot-marked log-line: a nautical mile.—v.t. to tie in a knot: to unite closely.—v.i. to form knots or joints: to knit knots for a fringe:—pr.p. knot′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. knot′ted.—n. Knot′-grass, a common weed or grass, so called from the numerous joints or knots of its stem.—adjs. Knot′less, without knots; Knot′ted, full of, or having, knots: having intersecting lines or figures.—n. Knot′tiness.—adj. Knot′ty, containing knots: hard, rugged: difficult: intricate.—n. Knot′work, ornamental work made with knots.—Bowline knot (see Bow); Granny knot (see Granny); Porters' knot, a pad for supporting burdens on the head; Square knot, a knot used in tying reef-points so that the ends come out alongside the standing parts; Surgeons' knot, a square or reef knot used in tying a ligature round a cut artery; True lovers' knot, a kind of double knot with two bows and two ends, an emblem of interwoven affections.—Cut the knot, to solve a problem slap-dash (cf. Gordian). [A.S. cnotta; Ger. knoten, Dan. knude, L. nodus.]
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
The geographical mile; a term derived from the knots on the log line, used by navigators. It is equal to 6,087 feet. Synonyms--Nautical Mile--Geographical Mile. [Transcriber's note: A knot is a velocity, 1 nautical mile per hour, not a distance. The contemporary definition is: 1 international knot = 1 nautical mile per hour = 1.852 kilometres per hour = 1.1507794 miles per hour = 0.51444444 meters per second = 6076.1152 feet per hour.]
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'knot' in Nouns Frequency: #2623
The numerical value of knot in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of knot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
When you get to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on.
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
Republicans have once again tied themselves in a knot, who would have thought they can't even get a human-trafficking bill with bipartisan support done? …. There’s other work to be done. At the top of that list is Loretta Lynch.
Syriza and its creditors are stuck in a Gordian Knot, and both sides will need to cave on something. Neither Greece Greece nor Greece Greece creditors want Greece Greece to default or exit the eurozone, so a compromise will probably be found.
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Translations for knot
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- kouloum, koulmBreton
- grop, nus, territ grosCatalan, Valencian
- suk, uzel, boule, potíž, chomáč, jespák, zauzlovat, svraštitCzech
- knast, knude, hårdknude, knob, islandsk ryleDanish
- Knoten, Beule, Ast, KnuttGerman
- όζος, κόμπος, ρόζος, καρούμπαλο, δένω κόμπο, ζαρώνω, κόμβοςGreek
- nudo, playero, correlimos, anudarSpanish
- ongelma, solmu, patti, oksankohta, takku, kuhmu, pulma, oksa, vaikeus, solmia, vuorisirri, sirri, isosirriFinnish
- knútur, íslandsgrælingurFaroese
- nœud, nouerFrench
- dual, snaidhm, alt, cranra, cnotaIrish
- snaidhm, pluc, cuir snaidhm air, mìle-mara, luatharan-gainmhichScottish Gaelic
- hnútur, flækja, klípa, hnýtaIcelandic
- nodo, annodare, corrugareItalian
- 結び目, ノットJapanese
- 매듭, 코Korean
- گرێ, گرێدانKurdish
- nodus, nodoLatin
- antauga, mazgas, gumbas, surišti mazguLithuanian
- mezgls, māzers, sasiet mezglāLatvian
- pūmanga, tīpona, pūkanohi, pūpeka, huahou, whakapōroheMāori
- јазол, џумка, колено, свиок, клопче, жмучка, се мурти, врзуваMacedonian
- buil, knoop, kluwen, bluts, knoest, dichtknopen, knopen, aaneenknopen, fronsenDutch
- kul, knute, trøbbel, rynke, bekymringsrynker, rynker, knop, knyteNorwegian
- noset, nosarOccitan
- nó, emaranhado, galo, seixoeira, franzirPortuguese
- nuv, nouv, nufRomansh
- nod, înnodaRomanian
- колтун, шишка, сучок, узел, завиток, клубок, сукRussian
- nudu, nodu, annodareSardinian
- чвор, čvor, жалар, žalarSerbo-Croatian
- uzol, pobrežník, zauzliť, pobrežník hrdzavýSlovak
- vozel, vozlati, zavozlatiSlovene
- knut, svullnad, knipa, bula, stek, knop, knyta, kustsnäppa, rynka, kolymasnäppa, snäppaSwedish
- fundo, fundaSwahili
- budak, düğüm, deniz mili, düğümlemekTurkish
- ranukî, nukîWalloon
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