Meaning of KNOT in English


I. knot 1 /nɒt $ nɑːt/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: cnotta ]


a) a part where one or more pieces of string, rope, cloth etc have been tied or twisted together:

Are you any good at tying knots?

Thread the string through the hoop and tie it in a knot.

b) a part where hair, a thread etc has become accidentally twisted together:

I can’t get the knots out of my hair.

knot in

There’s a knot in my shoelace.

2 . HAIR STYLE a hair style in which your hair is arranged in a tight round shape on top of your head

3 . WOOD a hard round place in a piece of wood where a branch once joined the tree

4 . SHIP’S OR AIRCRAFT'S SPEED a unit for measuring the speed of ships and aircraft, equal to about 1,853 metres per hour

5 . PEOPLE a small group of people standing close together

knot of

Knots of delegates stood around outside the conference centre.

6 . FEELING a tight uncomfortable feeling caused by a strong emotion such as fear or anger

knot of

a knot of anxiety in her stomach

Her stomach was in knots.

7 . HARD MASS a tight painful place in a muscle

⇨ ↑ Gordian knot , ⇨ at a rate of knots at ↑ rate 1 (7), ⇨ tie the knot at ↑ tie 2 (5), ⇨ tie yourself (up) in knots at ↑ tie 1 (6)

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 1a)

■ verbs

▪ tie a knot

My uncle taught me how to tie knots.

▪ untie/undo a knot

He tried to untie the knot in the rope around his ankles.

▪ loosen a knot (=make it less tight)

Mr Benson loosened the knot in his tie.

■ adjectives

▪ tight

The knot in my shoelaces is really tight.

▪ loose

She tied the belt in a loose knot around her waist.

II. knot 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle knotted , present participle knotting )

1 . [transitive] to tie together two ends or pieces of string, rope, cloth etc:

A pretty scarf was loosely knotted around her neck.

2 . [intransitive] if hair, a thread etc knots, it becomes twisted together

3 . [intransitive and transitive] if a muscle or other part of your body knots, or is knotted, it feels tight and uncomfortable:

Fear and anxiety knotted her stomach.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.