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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

knotnɒt(n.; v.)knot•ted, knot•ting.

  1. (n.)an interlacing, looping, etc., of a cord, rope, or the like, drawn tight into a knob, for fastening two cords together or a cord to something else.

    Category: Navy, Textiles

  2. a tangled mass; snarl.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. an ornamental piece of ribbon or similar material tied or folded upon itself.

    Category: Clothing

  4. a group or cluster of persons or things.

  5. the hard, cross-grained mass of wood at the place where a branch joins a tree trunk.

    Category: Botany

  6. a part of this mass showing in a piece of lumber.

  7. a small lump or swelling.

    Category: Biology

  8. a constriction or cramping, as of a muscle.

    Category: Pathology

  9. any of various fungal diseases of trees forming an excrescence or gnarl.

    Category: Plant Pathology

  10. an intricate or difficult matter; complicated problem.

  11. a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile or about 1.15 statute miles per hour. a unit of 47 feet 3 inches (13.79 m) on a line, marked off in knots, formerly used to measure distance. a nautical mile.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  12. a bond or tie:

    the knot of matrimony.

  13. Math.

    Category: Math

    Ref: node (def. 6). 6

  14. (v.t.)to tie in a knot; form a knot in.

  15. to secure or fasten by a knot.

  16. to form protuberances or knobs in; make knotty.

  17. (v.i.)to become tied or tangled in a knot.

  18. to form knots or joints.

Origin of knot:

bef. 1000; ME knot(te), OE cnotta, c. MLG knotte, MHG knotze knob, knot; akin to OHG chnoto, ON knūtr knot



  1. either of two large sandpipers, Calidris canutus or C. tenuirostris, that breed in the Arctic and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of knot:

1425–75; late ME; orig. uncert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. knot(noun)

    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"

  2. knot(noun)

    any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object

  3. knot(noun)

    a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged

    "the saw buckled when it hit a knot"

  4. knot, gnarl(noun)

    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"

  5. 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

  6. slub, knot, burl(noun)

    soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design

  7. knot, greyback, grayback, Calidris canutus(verb)

    a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere

  8. knot(verb)

    make into knots; make knots out of

    "She knotted her fingers"

  9. knot(verb)

    tie or fasten into a knot

    "knot the shoelaces"

  10. ravel, tangle, knot(verb)

    tangle or complicate

    "a ravelled story"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. knot(noun)ɒt

    a loop or lump in sth where it has been tied

    Tie a knot in the rope.

  2. knotɒt

    a unit for measuring speed for ships, airplanes and wind

    wind speeds of up to 30 knots


  1. knot(Noun)

    A unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour.

    Cedric claimed his old yacht could make 12 knots.

  2. knot(Noun)

    A nautical mile

  3. knot(Noun)

    one of a variety shore bird; the red-breasted sandpiper (variously Calidris canutus or Tringa canutus)

  4. Origin: From cnotta; (cognate with Old High German knoto; compare also Old Norse knótr > Danish knude, Norwegian knut). Cognate with Dutch knot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knot(noun)

    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

  2. Knot(noun)

    a lump or loop formed in a thread, cord, rope. etc., as at the end, by tying or interweaving it upon itself

  3. Knot(noun)

    an ornamental tie, as of a ribbon

  4. Knot(noun)

    a bond of union; a connection; a tie

  5. Knot(noun)

    something not easily solved; an intricacy; a difficulty; a perplexity; a problem

  6. Knot(noun)

    a figure the lines of which are interlaced or intricately interwoven, as in embroidery, gardening, etc

  7. Knot(noun)

    a cluster of persons or things; a collection; a group; a hand; a clique; as, a knot of politicians

  8. Knot(noun)

    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

  9. Knot(noun)

    a knob, lump, swelling, or protuberance

  10. Knot(noun)

    a protuberant joint in a plant

  11. Knot(noun)

    the point on which the action of a story depends; the gist of a matter

  12. Knot(noun)

    see Node

  13. Knot(noun)

    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

  14. Knot(noun)

    a nautical mile, or 6080.27 feet; as, when a ship goes eight miles an hour, her speed is said to be eight knots

  15. Knot(noun)

    a kind of epaulet. See Shoulder knot

  16. Knot(noun)

    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

  17. Knot(verb)

    to tie in or with, or form into, a knot or knots; to form a knot on, as a rope; to entangle

  18. Knot(verb)

    to unite closely; to knit together

  19. Knot(verb)

    to entangle or perplex; to puzzle

  20. Knot(verb)

    to form knots or joints, as in a cord, a plant, etc.; to become entangled

  21. Knot(verb)

    to knit knots for fringe or trimming

  22. Knot(verb)

    to copulate; -- said of toads


  1. Knot

    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.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Knot

    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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knot' in Nouns Frequency: #2623

Anagrams of knot

  1. Tonk

Translations for knot

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a lump or join made in string, rope etc by twisting the ends together and drawing tight the loops formed

She fastened the string round the parcel, tying it with a knot.

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