What does knot mean?

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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"


  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

  23. 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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knot

    not, n. a wading-bird much resembling a snipe, sometimes said, but without evidence, to be named from King Cnut or Canute.

  2. Knot

    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

  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.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knot in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Winston Churchill:

    When you get to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on.

  2. Franklin D. Roosevelt:

    When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    Getting married is also called tying the knot but wondering why it looks like a noose around the neck of the man only.

  5. 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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