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ˈgɔr di əngor·dian knot

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gordian knot(noun)

    any very difficult problem; insoluble in its own terms

  2. Gordian knot(noun)

    an intricate knot tied by Gordius, the king of Phrygia, and cut by the sword of Alexander the Great after he heard that whoever undid it would become ruler of Asia

Wiktionary

  1. Gordian knot(Noun)

    The legendary knot tied to a pole near the temple of Zeus in Gordium.

    Etymology: From the name of a legendary knot tied to a pole near the temple of Zeus in Gordium. It was prophesied that whoever loosed the knot would become ruler of all Asia. Alexander the Great solved the puzzle by slicing through the knot and took it as a sign of Zeus's favor. He then proceeded to conquer much of the known world.

  2. Gordian knot(Noun)

    Any intricate and complex problem.

    Etymology: From the name of a legendary knot tied to a pole near the temple of Zeus in Gordium. It was prophesied that whoever loosed the knot would become ruler of all Asia. Alexander the Great solved the puzzle by slicing through the knot and took it as a sign of Zeus's favor. He then proceeded to conquer much of the known world.

Freebase

  1. Gordian Knot

    The Gordian Knot is a legend of Phrygian Gordium associated with Alexander the Great. It is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem solved easily by cheating or "thinking outside the box": "Turn him to any cause of policy, The Gordian Knot of it he will unloose, Familiar as his garter"

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Gordian Knot

    a knot by which the yoke was fastened to the beam of the chariot of Gordius (q. v.), and which no one could untie except the man who was destined to be the conqueror of Asia; Alexander the Great being ambitious to achieve this feat, tried hard to undo it, but failing, cut it with his sword and marched on to conquest.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. gordian knot

    It is said to have been made of the thongs that served as harness to the wagon of Gordius, a husbandman, afterwards king of Phrygia. Whosoever loosed this knot, the ends of which were not discoverable, the oracle declared should be ruler of Persia. Alexander the Great cut away the knot with his sword until he found the ends of it, and thus, in a military sense at least, interpreted the oracle, 330 B.C.

How to pronounce gordian knot?

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How to say gordian knot in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gordian knot in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gordian knot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of gordian knot in a Sentence

  1. Megan Greene:

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  2. Gero Neugebauer:

    It is now up to Merkel to cut the Gordian knot and give a clear signal internally and externally that Germany cannot take in refugees without limits, and that she is still the mistress of the house.

  3. Alexis Tsipras:

    At some point, we have to decide to cut the Gordian Knot, take collective action, and ignore the political consequences.

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