Definitions of knot

  1. a unit of length used in navigation; equivalent to the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude; 1, 852 meters
  2. soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design
  3. sandpiper that breeds in the arctic and winters in the S hemisphere
  4. 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. any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope ( or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
  6. a tight cluster of people or things; " a small knot of women listened to his sermon"
  7. a hard cross- grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged; " the saw buckled when it hit a knot"
  8. tie or fasten into a knot
  9. tangle or complicate; " a ravelled story"
  10. a sandpiper that breeds in the arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere
  11. tie or fasten into a knot; " knot the shoelaces"
  12. make into knots; make knots out of; " She knotted der fingers"
  13. 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.
  14. A lump or loop formed in a thread, cord, rope. etc., as at the end, by tying or interweaving it upon itself.
  15. An ornamental tie, as of a ribbon.
  16. A bond of union; a connection; a tie.
  17. Something not easily solved; an intricacy; a difficulty; a perplexity; a problem.
  18. A figure the lines of which are interlaced or intricately interwoven, as in embroidery, gardening, etc.
  19. A cluster of persons or things; a collection; a group; a hand; a clique; as, a knot of politicians.
  20. 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.
  21. A protuberant joint in a plant.
  22. The point on which the action of a story depends; the gist of a matter.
  23. See Node.
  24. 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.
  25. A nautical mile, or 6080. 27 feet; as, when a ship goes eight miles an hour, her speed is said to be eight knots.
  26. A kind of epaulet. See Shoulder knot.
  27. 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.
  28. To tie in or with, or form into, a knot or knots; to form a knot on, as a rope; to entangle.
  29. To unite closely; to knit together.
  30. To entangle or perplex; to puzzle.
  31. To form knots or joints, as in a cord, a plant, etc.; to become entangled.
  32. To knit knots for fringe or trimming.
  33. Knotted.
  34. To copulate; - said of toads.
  35. An interweaving or tying of thread or cord, etc.; anything resembling a knot; entanglement; difficulty; a hard part in a piece of wood; part of a tree where the branches shoot out; a nautical mile or 2, 025 yards; bond of union; group; the red- breasted sandpiper.
  36. To tie in a knot; unite firmly or closely.
  37. From knots or joints; make knots for fringe.
  38. Knotting.
  39. A wading bird much resembling a snipe, said in Drayton's Polyolbion to be named from king Canute, with whom it was a favorite article of food.
  40. Anything confusedly fastened or twisted, as threads, etc.: a figure the lines of which are interlaced: a bond of union: a difficulty: a cluster: the part of a tree where a branch shoots out: an epaulet: pad for supporting burdens carried on the head: ( naut.) a division of the log- line, a mile.
  41. To tie in a knot: to unite closely.
  42. To form knots or joints: to knit knots for a fringe:- pr. p. knotting; pa. t. and pa. p. knotted.
  44. A tie; joint of a plant; insertion of a branch.
  45. Knotted, knotty.
  46. To tie in a knot.
  47. To tie in a knot; form knots or joints, as in plants; gather in a knot.
  48. A fastening of a rope, cord, or the like, by intertwining. See illus. on preceding page.
  49. An ornamental bow.
  50. A gnarled portion of a tree - trunk, where a branch has grown out; a joint in a stem, as of grass.
  51. A nautical mile.
  52. The complication of a thread or cord, made by tying or interlacing; hard part of wood due to the fibres interlacing; a nodule; a figure, the lines of which frequently interlace each other; difficulty; intricacy; something not easily solved; a bond of association or union; a cluster; a collection; a group, as of persons; a protuberant joint of a plant; a division of the log- line, serving to measure the rate of a vessel's motion, the number of knots which run off from the reel in half a minute showing the number of miles the vessel sails in an hour; a nautical mile, 6080 ft.; an epaulette.
  53. A wading bird of the snipe kind.
  54. To complicate or tie in a knot; to entangle; to perplex; to unite closely.
  55. To form knots or joints, as in plants; to knit knots or fringe. See Knit.
  56. A tie; an interweaving or uniting of thread, cord, or rope at one point; any bond of union; a dark hard part in wood; a collection; a group; a small band; a difficulty; something so intricate as not easily to be solved; among seamen, a division of the log- line, so called from the line being divided into equal parts of 50 ft. by pieces of string rove through the strands; the rate at which a ship sails at sea, the rate and distance being measured by the knots run out in half a minute- thus nine knots run out in half a minute denote sailing at the rate of nine nautical miles per hour; a nautical mile; in bot., a swelling in some stems where the attachment of the leaves takes place.
  57. To tie; to unite; to form knots or joints.
  58. In wood, the base of a branch surrounded by new layers of wood and hardened by pressure; in nuclear- meshwork, the small particles of chromatin where the meshes cross.

Usage examples for knot

  1. Some day, Dick, I'll lose my temper, tie Penfield in a hard knot and throw him into the river! – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde
  2. " Let me go first," said Hall, pushing me aside as I caught the first knot above my head. – The Moon Metal by Garrett P. Serviss
  3. From his window, a little later, he saw a knot of people in the rain talking eagerly together, and one of them pointing with his hand toward Gethin. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  4. Just tie a knot in this: if Harrison reaches the insurrecto camp with yore sister, she'll come back as his wife- or not at all. – Steve Yeager by William MacLeod Raine
  5. The knot of the difficulty was cut and that unexpectedly, by the appearance of the chief's son, and with him some boys. – A Frontier Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  6. Here is the slip- knot. – Atlantida by Pierre Benoit
  7. Now- have you got anything you could tie round the arm, above the wound- and then twist the knot? – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  8. The less said about a little old knot like me the better for- better for the knot. – A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties by Charles Major
  9. Finish all sewing with a simple knot drawn tight under tip of finger. – Taxidermy by Leon Luther Pray
  10. The girl pressed a cap upon her head, gathered her hair into a knot, and ran up the stairs which led to the deck. – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage
  11. And I told him the story of the velvet knot myself. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  12. As she looked it seemed to draw up into a knot, then straighten out quickly. – The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle
  13. There was a little knot of young officers laughing and talking close by. – Seven Little Australians by Ethel Sybil Turner
  14. Have to cut rope 'cause Indian tie knot white man find too much hard to make loose. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Big Woods by Laura Lee Hope
  15. I saw you pick up that knot of ribbon. – The Chevalier d'Auriac by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
  16. You will draw it back like a conviction, and wind it in a knot at the back of your head as tight as a narrow- minded conclusion. – The Co-Citizens by Corra Harris
  17. His bed was short, and his body lay in a kind of knot. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  18. Slowly, as became a man of leisure, he strolled down to the works, and, moving from knot to knot of his colleagues, discussed the prospects of victory. – Project Gutenberg, Deep Waters, by W.W. Jacobs by W.W. Jacobs