knot meaning

[ nɔt ] Pronunciation:   "knot" in a sentence
Noun: knot  nót
  1. 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. Any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object 
  3. A hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged
    "the saw buckled when it hit a knot" 
  4. Something twisted and tight and swollen
    "their muscles stood out in knots"; "his stomach was in knots"
    - gnarl 
  5. A unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
    - nautical mile, mile, mi, naut mi, international nautical mile, air mile 
  6. Soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design
    - slub, burl 
  7. A sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere
    - greyback [Brit, Cdn], grayback [US], Calidris canutus
Verb: knot (knotted,knotting)  nót
  1. Make into knots; make knots out of
    "She knotted her fingers" 
  2. Tie or fasten into a knot
    "knot the shoelaces" 
  3. Tangle or complicate
    - ravel, tangle

Sounds like: not

Derived forms: knots, knotting, knotted

See also: knotty

Type of: bind, bunch, clump, cluster, clustering, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, distorted shape, distortion, enlace, entwine, fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast, interlace, intertwine, lace, nautical linear unit, raggedness, roughness, sandpiper, tie, twine, wood

Antonym: unknot

Part of: board, Calidris, genus Calidris, plank

Encyclopedia: Knot


In medieval architecture, a bunch of leaves, flowers, or similar ornament, as the bosses at the intersections of ribs, and bunches of foliage in capitals.


An ornamental design resembling cords which are interlaced.


The hard, cross-grained mass of wood formed in a trunk at the place where a branch joins the trunk.


In fabric construction, the presence of an imperfection that will cause a surface irregularity.

A unit of speed, corresponding to 1 nautical mile per hour. A speed of 1 knot is about 1.15 statute miles per hour; a speed of 1 statute mile per hour is about 0.868 knots. It is used by mariners for specifying speeds at sea, and also occasionally by meteorologists in specifying wind speeds.

: an interlacing of the parts of one or more flexible bodies (as threads or sutures) in a lump to prevent their spontaneous separation —see SURGEON'S KNOT
2 : a usu. firm or hard lump, swelling, or protuberance in or on a part of the body or a bone or process ‹a knot in a gland› ‹a bone with two or three knots› —compare SURFER'S KNOTknot vb knot·ted; knot·ting


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  1. the ship was sailing at 35 knots.
  2. i balled myself into a knot and moaned.
  3. my dead fingers could not untie the knot.
  4. he had n't unravelled the knot in her heart.
  5. he found it very difficult to tie the knot.

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