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Definition of "knot" []

  • A compact intersection of interlaced material, such as cord, ribbon, or rope. (noun)
  • A fastening made by tying together lengths of material, such as rope, in a prescribed way. (noun)
  • A decorative bow of ribbon, fabric, or braid. (noun)
  • A unifying bond, especially a marriage bond. (noun)
  • A tight cluster of persons or things: a knot of onlookers. (noun)
  • Any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a piece of rope, cord, etc, in upon itself, to another piece of rope, or to another object (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A prescribed method of tying a particular knot (noun)
  • A tangle, as in hair or string (noun)
  • A decorative bow or fastening, as of ribbon or braid (noun)
  • A small cluster or huddled group (noun)
  • A tie or bond (noun)
  • A difficult problem (noun)
  • A protuberance or lump of plant tissues, such as that occurring on the trunks of certain trees (noun)
  • A hard mass of wood at the point where a branch joins the trunk of a tree (noun)
  • A cross section of this, usually roundish and cross-grained, visible in a piece of timber (noun)
  • A sensation of constriction, caused by tension or nervousness (noun)
  • A lump of vessels or fibres formed in a part, as in a muscle (noun)
  • A protuberance on an organ or part (noun)
  • A unit of speed used by nautical vessels and aircraft, being one nautical mile (about 1.15 statute miles or 1.85 km) per hour (noun)
  • One of a number of equally spaced knots on a log line used to indicate the speed of a ship in nautical miles per hour (noun)
  • To tie or fasten in a knot (verb)
  • To form or cause to form into a knot (verb)
  • To ravel or entangle or become ravelled or entangled (verb)
  • To make (an article or a design) by tying thread in an interlaced pattern of ornamental knots, as in macramé (verb)

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Use "knot" in a sentence
  • "By this movement a knot is formed, the first part of the «double knot», which is the most common one in tatting."
  • "The word knot or its derivatives, an Ayers favorite, is used eleven times in Dreams."
  • "I believe that any confusion here originates from the use of homotopy in knot theory where an ignorance of the space in which the knot is embedded would result in every knot being equivalent to the trivial knot."