Meaning of KNOT in English


knot 1

— knotless , adj. — knotlike , adj.

/not/ , n. , v. , knotted, knotting .


1. an interlacing, twining, looping, etc., of a cord, rope, or the like, drawn tight into a knob or lump, for fastening, binding, or connecting two cords together or a cord to something else.

2. a piece of ribbon or similar material tied or folded upon itself and used or worn as an ornament.

3. a group or cluster of persons or things: a knot of spectators.

4. the hard, cross-grained mass of wood at the place where a branch joins the trunk of a tree.

5. a part of this mass showing in a piece of lumber, wood panel, etc.

6. Anat. , Zool. a protuberance or swelling on or in a part or process, as in a muscle.

7. a protuberance in the tissue of a plant; an excrescence on a stem, branch, or root; a node or joint in a stem, esp. when of swollen form.

8. any of various fungal diseases of trees characterized by the formation of an excrescence, knob, or gnarl.

9. an involved, intricate, or difficult matter; complicated problem.

10. Naut.

a. a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile or about 1.15 statute miles per hour.

b. a unit of 47 feet 3 inches (13.79 meters) on a log line, marked off by knots.

c. a nautical mile.

11. a bond or tie: the knot of matrimony.

12. Also called joint, node . Math. in interpolation, one of the points at which the values of a function are assigned.

13. tie the knot , Informal. to marry: They will tie the knot in November.


14. to tie in a knot; form a knot in.

15. to secure or fasten by a knot.

16. to form protuberances, bosses, or knobs in; make knotty.


17. to become tied or tangled in a knot.

18. to form knots or joints.

[ bef. 1000; (n.) ME knot ( te ), OE cnotta; c. D knot, G knoten to KNIT; (v.) ME, deriv. of the n. ]

Syn. 3. company, band, crew, gang, crowd. 7. lump, knob, gnarl. 9. perplexity, puzzle, conundrum.

knot 2

/not/ , n.

either of two large sandpipers, Calidris canutus or C. tenuirostris, that breed in the Arctic and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Also called grayback .

[ 1425-75; late ME; orig. uncert. ]

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