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Meaning & Definition of Knot in English

English

Knot

/nɑt/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • knot

2. Any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object

    synonym:
  • knot

3. A hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged

  • "The saw buckled when it hit a knot"
    synonym:
  • knot

4. Something twisted and tight and swollen

  • "Their muscles stood out in knots"
  • "The old man's fists were two great gnarls"
  • "His stomach was in knots"
    synonym:
  • knot
  • ,
  • gnarl

5. A unit of length used in navigation

  • Exactly 1,852 meters
  • Historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
    synonym:
  • nautical mile
  • ,
  • mile
  • ,
  • mi
  • ,
  • naut mi
  • ,
  • knot
  • ,
  • international nautical mile
  • ,
  • air mile

6. Soft lump or unevenness in a yarn

  • Either an imperfection or created by design
    synonym:
  • slub
  • ,
  • knot
  • ,
  • burl

7. A sandpiper that breeds in the arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere

    synonym:
  • knot
  • ,
  • greyback
  • ,
  • grayback
  • ,
  • Calidris canutus

verb

1. Make into knots

  • Make knots out of
  • "She knotted her fingers"
    synonym:
  • knot

2. Tie or fasten into a knot

  • "Knot the shoelaces"
    synonym:
  • knot

3. Tangle or complicate

  • "A ravelled story"
    synonym:
  • ravel
  • ,
  • tangle
  • ,
  • knot

Examples of using

Can you untie this knot?
Can you tie a cherry stem into a knot with your tongue?