- The definition of a knot is the looping and tying of a piece of string or rope, or the place where a tree limb joins the trunk.
- An example of a knot is a tied shoelace.
- An example of a knot is the cross-grained circular part on some boards.
- To knot is defined as to securely tie a rope or ribbon.
An example of to knot is to tie ribbon around a gift and secure the ribbon by making a loop in the ribbon and pulling a loose end of the ribbon through the loop.
Different shoelaces tied in a knot.
knot definition by Webster's New World
- a lump or knob in a thread, cord, etc., formed by passing one free end through a loop and drawing it tight, or by a tangle drawn tight
- a fastening made by intertwining or tying together pieces of string, cord, rope, etc.
- an ornamental bow of ribbon or twist of braid; cockade; epaulet
- a small group or cluster
- something that ties or fastens closely or intricately; bond of union; esp., the bond of marriage
- a problem; difficulty; entanglement
- a knotlike part; node or lump [a knot in a tense muscle]; specif.,
- a hard lump on a tree where a branch grows out
- a cross section of such a lump, appearing as cross-grained in a board or log
- a joint on a plant stem where two leaves grow out
- any of several fungal diseases of trees, in which abnormal protuberances appear
- Historical any of the knots tied at regular intervals in a line used in measuring a ship's speed
- a unit of speed of one nautical mile (6,076.12 feet or 1,852 meters) an hour: abbrev. kn or kt: to average a speed of 10 knots
- loosely nautical mile
Origin: Middle English knotte ; from Old English cnotta, akin to Dutch knot, Swedish knut, German knoten ; from Indo-European an unverified form gn-eu-t ; from base an unverified form gen-, to press together from source knob, knead
- to tie, fasten, or intertwine in or with a knot or knots; make a knot or knots in
- to tie or unite closely or intricately; entangle
- to make (fringe) by tying knots
- to form a knot or knots; become entangled
- to make knots for fringe
Origin: rare Middle English knotte ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
knot definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A compact intersection of interlaced material, such as cord, ribbon, or rope.b. A fastening made by tying together lengths of material, such as rope, in a prescribed way.
- A decorative bow of ribbon, fabric, or braid.
- A unifying bond, especially a marriage bond.
- A tight cluster of persons or things: a knot of onlookers.
- A feeling of tightness: a knot of fear in my stomach.
- A complex problem.
- a. A hard place or lump, especially on a tree, at a point from which a stem or branch grows.b. The round, often darker cross section of such a lump as it appears on a piece of cut lumber. Also called node.
- A protuberant growth or swelling in a tissue: a knot in a gland.
- a. Nautical A division on a log line used to measure the speed of a ship.b. Abbr. kn. or kt. A unit of speed, one nautical mile per hour, approximately 1.85 kilometers (1.15 statute miles) per hour.c. A distance of one nautical mile.
- To tie in or fasten with a knot or knots.
- To snarl or entangle.
- To cause to form a knot or knots.
- To form a knot or knots.
- To become snarled or entangled.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English cnotta.Usage Note: In nautical usage knot is a unit of speed, not of distance, and has a built-in meaning of “per hour.” Therefore, a ship would strictly be said to travel at ten knots (not ten knots per hour).
barrel and figure-eight knots
Origin: Middle English, of Scandinavian origin.
knot - Medical Definition
- A compact intersection of interlaced material, as of cord, ribbon, or rope.
- A protuberant growth or swelling in a tissue, such as a gland.
knot - Phrases/Idioms
tie the knot