knot

A knot is a securely fastened loop of string, rope, or fabric. Before kids learn to tie their shoelaces, they first have to learn to tie a simple knot. If someone asks you to "tie the knot," give it some thought since they are asking you to get married.

Sailors need to know how to make many different rope knots, and doctors learn to tie knots with the thin sutures they use to stitch wounds closed. You can also talk about a group or tight gathering of people as a knot: "A knot of fans formed around the movie star as she walked down the street." When you knot something, you tie it into knots or make a situation more complicated and snarled.

Primary Meanings of knot

1.
nv
any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
make into knots; make knots out of
2.
n
a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged
3.
n
something twisted and tight and swollen
4.
n
a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
5.
n
a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere
Full Definitions of knot
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n any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object

Types:
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barrel knot, blood knot
a knot used for tying fishing leaders together; the ends of the two leaders are wrapped around each other two or three times
bow, bowknot
a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
carrick bend
a knot used to connect the ends of two large ropes or hawsers
clove hitch
a knot used to fasten a line temporarily to a post or spar
figure eight, figure of eight
a knot having the shape of the numeral 8; tied in a rope that has been passed through a hole or pulley and that prevents the rope from coming loose
fisherman's bend
a knot for tying a line to a spar or ring
fisherman's knot, true lover's knot, truelove knot
a knot for tying the ends of two lines together
Gordian knot
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
half hitch
a knot used to fasten a rope temporarily to an object; usually tied double
hawser bend
a knot uniting the ends of two lines
hitch
a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it; a temporary knot
loop knot
any of various knots used to make a fixed loop in a rope
love knot, lover's knot, lovers' knot, true lover's knot, true lovers' knot
a stylized or decorative knot used as an emblem of love
overhand knot
a simple small knot (often used as part of other knots)
prolonge knot, sailor's breastplate
a knot in the rope used to drag a gun carriage
sheepshank
a knot for shortening a line
slipknot
a knot at the end of a cord or rope that can slip along the cord or rope around which it is made
square knot
a double knot made of two half hitches and used to join the ends of two cords
stopper knot
a knot that prevents a rope from passing through a hole
surgeon's knot
any of several knots used in tying stitches or ligatures
Turk's head
an ornamental knot that resembles a small turban
Blackwall hitch
a simple hitch used for temporarily attaching a line to a hook
bowline, bowline knot
a loop knot that neither slips nor jams
cat's-paw
a hitch in the middle of rope that has two eyes into which tackle can be hooked
Matthew Walker, Matthew Walker knot
a kind of stopper knot
flat knot, reef knot
a square knot used in a reef line
rolling hitch
a hitch for fastening a line to a spar or another rope
becket bend, sheet bend, weaver's hitch, weaver's knot
a hitch used for temporarily tying a rope to the middle of another rope (or to an eye)
timber hitch
a hitch used to secure a rope to a log or spar; often supplemented by a half hitch
Windsor knot
a wide triangular slipknot for tying a tie
Type of:
fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

n 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”
Type of:
bunch, clump, cluster, clustering
a grouping of a number of similar things

v make into knots; make knots out of

“She knotted her fingers”
Types:
macrame
make knotted patterns
Type of:
create from raw material, create from raw stuff
make from scratch

v tie or fasten into a knot

knot the shoelaces”
Type of:
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

v tangle or complicate

Synonyms:
ravel, tangle
Antonyms:
unknot, unpick, unravel, unscramble, untangle
become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of
ravel, ravel out, unravel
disentangle
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Type of:
enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine
spin,wind, or twist together
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n a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged

“the saw buckled when it hit a knot
Type of:
wood
the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees

n soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design

Synonyms:
burl, slub
Type of:
raggedness, roughness
a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
3

n something twisted and tight and swollen

“their muscles stood out in knots
“his stomach was in knots
Synonyms:
gnarl
Type of:
distorted shape, distortion
a shape resulting from distortion
4

n a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude

Synonyms:
air mile, international nautical mile, mi, mile, naut mi, nautical mile
Type of:
nautical linear unit
a linear unit of distance used in navigation
5

n a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere

Synonyms:
Calidris canutus, grayback, greyback
Type of:
sandpiper
any of numerous usually small wading birds having a slender bill and piping call; closely related to the plovers

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