knot

1.
n. & v.
—n.
1 a an intertwining of a rope, string, tress of hair, etc., with another, itself, or something else to join or fasten together. b a set method of tying a knot (a reef knot). c a ribbon etc. tied as an ornament and worn on a dress etc. d a tangle in hair, knitting, etc.
2 a a unit of a ship's or aircraft's speed equivalent to one nautical mile per hour (see nautical mile). b a division marked by knots on a log-line, as a measure of speed. c colloq. a nautical mile.
3 (usu. foll. by of) a group or cluster (a small knot of journalists at the gate).
4 something forming or maintaining a union; a bond or tie, esp. of wedlock.
5 a hard lump of tissue in an animal or human body.
6 a a knob or protuberance in a stem, branch, or root. b a hard mass formed in a tree trunk at the intersection with a branch. c a round cross-grained piece in timber where a branch has been cut through. d a node on the stem of a plant.
7 a difficulty; a problem.
8 a central point in a problem or the plot of a story etc.
9 (in full porter's knot) Brit. hist. a double shoulder-pad and forehead-loop used for carrying loads.
—v. (knotted, knotting)
1 tr. tie (a string etc.) in a knot.
2 tr. entangle.
3 tr. knit (the brows).
4 tr. unite closely or intricately (knotted together in intrigue).
5 a intr. make knots for fringing. b tr. make (a fringe) with knots.
Phrases and idioms:
at a rate of knots colloq. very fast. get knotted! sl. an expression of disbelief, annoyance, etc. knot-garden an intricately designed formal garden. knot-hole a hole in a piece of timber where a knot has fallen out (sense 6). tie in knots colloq. baffle or confuse completely.
Derivatives:
knotless adj. knotter n. knotting n. (esp. in sense 5 of v.).
Etymology: OE cnotta f. WG
2.
n. a small sandpiper, Calidris canutus.
Etymology: ME: orig. unkn.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • knot — knot1 [nät] n. [ME knotte < OE cnotta, akin to Du knot, Swed knut, Ger knoten < IE * gn eu t < base * gen , to press together > KNOB, KNEAD] 1. a lump or knob in a thread, cord, etc., formed by passing one free end through a loop and… …   English World dictionary

  • Knot — Knot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Knotted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Knotting}.] 1. To tie in or with, or form into, a knot or knots; to form a knot on, as a rope; to entangle. Knotted curls. Drayton. [1913 Webster] As tight as I could knot the noose. Tennyson …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knot — ► NOUN 1) a fastening made by looping a piece of string, rope, etc. on itself and tightening it. 2) a tangled mass in hair, wool, etc. 3) a protuberance in a stem, branch, or root. 4) a hard mass in wood at the intersection of a trunk with a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Knot — Knot, v. i. 1. To form knots or joints, as in a cord, a plant, etc.; to become entangled. [1913 Webster] Cut hay when it begins to knot. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] 2. To knit knots for fringe or trimming. [1913 Webster] 3. To copulate; said of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knot — [n1] bow, loop bond, braid, bunch, coil, connection, contortion, entanglement, gnarl, helix, hitch, joint, kink, ligament, ligature, link, mat, nexus, perplexity, rosette, screw, snag, snarl, spiral, splice, tangle, tie, twirl, twist, vinculum,… …   New thesaurus

  • knot|ty — «NOT ee», adjective, ti|er, ti|est. 1. full of knots: »knotty wood. ... the knotty side of an old Pollarel tree (Keats). A modern kitchen with knotty pine cabinets and exhaust fans (New York Times). SYNONYM(S): gnarled …   Useful english dictionary

  • knot — knot. См. узел. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Knot — (Kanutsvogel), so v.w. Strandläufer …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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