Knot meaning

Knot meaning DEFAULT

Main definitions of knot in English

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  • 1A fastening made by tying a piece of string, rope, or something similar.

    ‘tie a knot at the end of the cord’

    • ‘these explanations form a complex knot of competing theories’
    • ‘He tightened the knot on his tie and brushed an imagined piece of lint off his uniform jacket.’
    • ‘It is a good idea to tie knots in the rope or cloth about 1 ft. apart, this will provide a more secure climbing surface.’
    • ‘It is simple enough to tie a knot in a piece of string.’
    • ‘Now pass the end of the line though the loop and slowly tighten the knot.’
    • ‘Why are kids up and down the country dumping their computer games in favour of tying knots in colourful plastic strings?’
    • ‘Robert almost lost his life in 1982 when he fell 15 metres because the knot in a rope released while he was rappeling.’
    • ‘Jodi began to pull at the remaining knots in the rope that tied her other hand.’
    • ‘Tie a double knot at each end of the 1/4 " wide ribbon.’
    • ‘She set the parcel on the bed, kneeling on the floor as she untied the double knot.’
    • ‘Immediately, he began to undo the knots of the rope by which she was bound.’
    • ‘Having owned boats for years, he's great at tying knots.’
    • ‘Her hair, once strawberry blonde was now tied into a neat gray knot at the nape of her neck.’
    • ‘Her hair was twisted in an elaborate knot at the back of her head.’
    • ‘The knots in the rope will work themselves out in time.’
    • ‘She spied the knot in the rope that bound her ankles and immediately set to undoing it.’
    • ‘I gritted my teeth as I carefully untied the knot in the ribbon.’
    • ‘I washed my face and hands and braided my hair in a tight knot at the nape of my neck.’
    • ‘She twisted her long hair into a knot at the base of her neck and began to pin it into place.’
    • ‘Her fingers trembled, making it even harder to untie the knot.’
    • ‘She'd already gotten two of the knots undone, and she was sure it was just a matter of time before she was free.’

    tie, twist, loop, bow, splice, splicing, join, link, fastening, bond, intertwinement, interlacement, ligature, joint, connection

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    1. 1.1A particular method of tying a knot.

      ‘you need to master two knots, the clove hitch and the sheet bend’

      • ‘The construction of fishing nets is similar to that of recent years and it is only necessary to master the use of only two knots: the clove-hitch and the sheet-bend.’
      • ‘Rebecca came and stood behind him watching with great pleasure as he mastered the perfect knot.’
      • ‘For attaching your leader to fly line, my advice is use the simple nail knot.’
      • ‘To construct Pieranski's knot, you fold a circular loop of rope and tie two multiple overhand knots in it.’
      • ‘These are the names of particular kinds of rope knots.’
    2. 1.2A tied or folded ribbon, worn as an ornament.
  • 2A tangled mass in something such as hair.

    ‘Her hair was tangled in knots, she was pale, and her eyes were bloodshot.’

    • ‘This braid is a lot more difficult to accomplish if your hair has tangles or knots.’
    • ‘His brown hair was an unruly mass of tangles and knots.’
    • ‘Marguerite winced as the serving girl yanked a brush through her hair, catching it on the wet tangles and knots.’
    • ‘She stood behind Freya, and brushed carefully through her dark hair, gently easing out the tangles and knots.’
    • ‘Old English Sheepdogs are hard to take care of, especially because they need a lot of exercise and major grooming to keep knots out of their hair.’
    • ‘She dragged the brush through her daughter's long hair, untangling knots as she went.’
    • ‘Sighing, I grabbed a comb and began untangling the knots in my black hair.’
    • ‘I smiled faintly and got off of the bed, shrinking away from him and pulling my hand through the knots in my hair.’
    • ‘She dried off the excess water from her hair and ran her fingers through it, trying to get the small knots out.’
    • ‘Reaching for a silver comb, Luke sighed once more and started pulling the knots out of his hair.’
    • ‘I pulled her hair behind her and gently began to pull the comb through the knots in her hair.’
    • ‘We both winced as she hit a knot in Carla's hair and Carla squeaked.’
    • ‘He flinched each time she tugged a knot out of his hair, but hardly dared to protest.’
    • ‘It is impossible to knit from a skein without getting the wool in a knot.’
    • ‘It took me half an hour to brush the wet knots out of my hair.’
    • ‘The comb is specially designed to cut through knots and tangles and much less time is spent in brushing and combing your Shih Tzu.’
    • ‘She nearly yanked a handful of her hair out while trying to get the brush through a rather large tangle of knots.’
    • ‘She pulled on the brush, trying to get a particularly difficult knot out.’
    • ‘My eyes are red and puffy, my skin is pale, and my hair is matted and full of knots.’
  • 3A knob, protuberance, or node in a stem, branch, or root.

    ‘Nematodes are microscopic roundworms that attack plant roots and cause large knots.’

    • ‘After peeling the bark, the knots where the branches were need to be sanded to a very smooth finish.’
    • ‘These growths, or knots, shut off water and nutrients to the branch, which eventually wilts, dries up and dies.’
    • ‘Root-knot nematodes cause distinct knots or galls on the roots.’
    • ‘Features such as knots and branches can be recognized in some of the fossils.’
    • ‘The outside of the nest is camouflaged with moss, bud scales, leaves, and lichen, and often looks like a bump or knot on the branch.’
    • ‘I couldn't get a shillelagh, so I used a cane with knots in it instead.’
    • ‘It averaged 45.1 cm in diameter, showed little taper and was mostly free of branches or knots along its length.’
    • ‘Her knife caught on a knot, and she scowled at the branch.’
    • ‘‘Every knot on every log that goes out of here is trimmed flush, whether it is a saw log or a pulp log,’ he explains.’
    • ‘Horehound plants in the fall and winter have hard, prickly-feeling knots on the stems were the flowers bloomed.’
    • ‘I was cutting some boards and hit a knot in the wood, and the saw kicked back and cut my leg.’
    • ‘It was a large majestic oak tree, and every knot and burl on it had a memory for me.’
    • ‘Typically built in a conifer, often near cones or knots or on an old cone base, the nest can easily be mistaken for a cone.’

    nodule, gnarl, knurl, node, lump, knob, swelling, growth, gall, protuberance, bump

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    1. 3.1A hard mass formed in a tree trunk at the intersection with a branch, resulting in a round cross-grained piece in timber when cut through.

      ‘Longitudinal sections of tree trunks contain knots that preserve the history of branching and can be used to interpret stand dynamics.’

      • ‘The casket was made from boards with no knots from an evergreen tree.’
      • ‘Daniel ran a hand through his hair and stared at the cedar desk, absently tracing a knot in the wood with his finger.’
      • ‘Donald went over to his bed, an old, oak affair with knots in the wood and scratches on its frame, and sat down on it carefully.’
      • ‘One piece of wood may be a very simple object, yet another piece may be entirely different and very complex, especially around a burl or knot.’
    2. 3.2A hard lump of tissue in an animal or human body.

      ‘I smacked my arm into a doorknob really hard, and there's a knot in the muscle of the forearm now.’

      • ‘Then his hands began to work into Jake's muscles gently and slowly working out knots and tension.’
      • ‘From a seated position, curl one dumbbell up, feeling the muscles in your arm bunch up in a strong, searing knot as you reach the top and pause.’
      • ‘I squeeze her muscles once more, surprised at how the knot has completely vanished.’
      • ‘He was sitting up with his back to her for now, one hand rubbing the newly formed knot on his head and the other holding the knife he had used to cut the tape earlier.’
      • ‘The sobs coming from the girl started to get louder, and Jon looked up at her and saw she had a pretty big knot on her head.’
      • ‘The masseuses are friendly and seem to be able to find every little knot.’
      • ‘My skin had been super-exfoliated, every knot and tension had been teased out of my body.’
      • ‘To round off the day, it's time for that rehydrating massage, which not only moisturises the body but also gets out the last few knots of tension.’
  • 4An unpleasant feeling of tightness or tension in a part of the body.

    ‘her stomach was in knots as she unlocked the door’

    • ‘Peter gulped down a tense, hard knot that had formed in the back of his throat.’
    • ‘Fear tied a knot in her stomach, and she tried to force it down.’
    • ‘He glared at me and I felt a tight knot in my stomach.’
    • ‘She felt a tight knot in her stomach - had she slept through an attack?’
    • ‘She felt a knot in her throat but she read the letter anyway.’
    • ‘Lynn paused, feeling the knot starting to tighten again in her stomach.’
    • ‘At eleven o'clock she was knocking on his door, her stomach tied in a knot and her hands shaking slightly.’
    • ‘His stomach tightens in a knot as he stumbles down the hall towards his bedroom.’
    • ‘Then it all came back in a rush and the knot in my stomach tightened.’
    • ‘Still, the knot in my stomach tightened as I left Jack's trailer.’
    • ‘She felt rooted to the spot, her disappointment and fear a cold, hard knot in the pit of her stomach.’
    • ‘She pulled herself into a ball on her bed, her misery forming a hard knot in her heart.’
    • ‘There was a hard knot in Charlie's stomach, and he wished he'd decided to wait outside despite the rain.’
    • ‘Despite his air of confidence, Lipton's stomach was in knots, hard and cold.’
    • ‘Chris swallowed the knot in his throat and glanced around the ring of people that now surrounded him.’
    • ‘It's a testament to this book's unusual ability to straddle fantasy and literary realms that this moment creates a real knot of emotion in the reader's chest.’
    • ‘I woke up this morning with a knot of excitement and anticipation nestling comfortably in my stomach.’
    • ‘A tight knot of anger begins to form in Mike's stomach.’
    • ‘As a child, Sara would climb the tallest tree to prove the knot of fear in her belly didn't exist.’
    • ‘That call and that feeling - that knot in your stomach - is vivid to me after all these years.’
  • 5A small tightly packed group of people.

    ‘the little knot of people clustered around the doorway’

    • ‘Back in the pub, a knot of Scots to the side of the big screen became as bored as the English fans with a less-than-exciting match.’
    • ‘A knot of people gathered in Main Street to watch the waters slowly begin to rise again.’
    • ‘After a short time they came across a knot of people gathered outside a church.’
    • ‘On the other hand, home economics was virtually empty, with Miss Orton teaching a small knot of girls made to do the cookery class by their parents.’
    • ‘It's a huge affair, the prize-giving dinner, even the Governor General shows up in a knot of security men, but I want to go home.’
    • ‘There was a knot of soldiers gathered around a white lump at the foot of a small cliff.’
    • ‘A small knot of developers stood around Kevin's PC.’
    • ‘I only half-listened while I scanned the knot of protesters for anyone familiar.’
    • ‘They'll also be playing the album to the small knot of supporters - as if being caught in the cold and the rain and having to watch the Albion isn't trial enough.’
    • ‘And then quite suddenly you stumble across a little knot of firemen, armed only with picks, small forks, and their bare hands.’
    • ‘Inside was a small knot of people, eagerly witnessing a one-hour live demonstration of Indian music and dance.’
    • ‘A small knot of men standing in front of J.R.'s split in two to get out of our way, laughing at us and pointing.’
    • ‘A knot of demonstrators in black wore red bandanas over their faces.’
    • ‘My appearance at the window quickly garnered the attention of a small knot of protesters.’
    • ‘There was a small knot of people by the pilot's cabin, and he was terrified that something was going to happen.’
    • ‘Eleonore Riley is sitting in her favourite chair, a small knot of people around her.’
    • ‘A small knot of enthusiasts were invited up to the woods around Sonning Common to take a look.’
    • ‘This morning little knots of staff writers were talking to each other in low voices and then breaking off when I came by.’
    • ‘In the golden lamplight, knots of heavily armed guardsmen were talking in low voices.’
    • ‘They stop and chat to small knots of curious residents.’

    cluster, group, band, huddle, bunch, circle, ring, set, collection

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  • 6A unit of speed equivalent to one nautical mile per hour, used especially of ships, aircraft, or winds.

    ‘The area had been hit by heavy rainstorms with wind speeds of about 10 knots per hour, which had caused the sea level to rise by about 1.5 meters.’

    • ‘Winds of 76 knots or 140 kph were recorded at the Naval Weather and Oceanography Centre on the Sunday afternoon.’
    • ‘There had been a storm warning at 1.15 p.m., with the wind speed touching 50 knots and the waves rising up to 25 feet.’
    • ‘The single-seat biplane had a top speed of 108 knots per hour.’
    • ‘The rescue went without incident, although conditions were difficult - there was a four-metre swell and winds of 20 knots.’
    • ‘Two 90 horsepower engines will give it a cruising speed of 15 knots and a range of 400 miles.’
    • ‘With a top speed of 38 knots, they were capable of quickly getting to ships in distress.’
    • ‘With the standard engines, the Tiara 2900 will cruise at about 20 knots with a top speed of about 28 knots.’
    • ‘On the outward downwind leg, against the flood tide, he covered the two miles in ‘half a quarter of one hour’, an impressive speed of sixteen knots.’
    • ‘The propulsion system provides a maximum submerged speed of 33 knots and a surface speed of 10 knots.’
    • ‘The 81-metre ship is powered by two 12-cylinder diesel engines, and has a top speed of about 18 knots.’
    • ‘On the return flight, the jet fought a 100 - knot headwind.’
    • ‘The fact that we were flying into a 100 - knot headwind the entire way certainly wasn't helping matters.’
    • ‘The maximum ship speed is 30 knots and the cruise speed is 18 knots.’
    • ‘Knox-Johnston was alone at sea for an incredible 313 days, averaging just 3.39 knots round the globe.’
    • ‘These animals can reach speeds of up to 25 knots in short bursts.’
    • ‘On the ocean surface, its normal cruising speed is about 12 knots, but it is capable of attaining 20 knots in short bursts.’
    • ‘One is a powered catamaran that can travel at 30 knots, carrying 50 divers with their instructors and sufficient tanks for two dives.’
    • ‘The scooter was a propeller-driven device that could pull a diver at about five knots and had a battery life of about three hours.’
    • ‘As I applied the wheel-brakes, I looked down at the airspeed indicator and noted that we were traveling at 120 knots.’
    1. 6.1mainly historical A length marked by knots on a log line, as a measure of speed.
      • ‘some days the vessel logged 12 knots’




transitive verbtransitive verb knots, transitive verb knotting, transitive verb knotted

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  • 1Fasten with a knot.

    ‘the scarves were knotted loosely around their throats’

    • ‘It would make a big difference if people would just followed simple steps such as putting all rubbish in a black bin bag, which should be knotted to prevent any overspill.’
    • ‘He had been strangled with a piece of a T-shirt which had been knotted at the back of his neck.’
    • ‘Investigators also found some ties that had been knotted together and believe Yu had intended to use them as a rope before deciding to use electrical cord instead.’
    • ‘Aidan knew right away the man was homeless: he wore a rumpled, torn black suit that looked like he snatched it from a dumpster, and a frayed tie loosely knotted around his neck.’
    • ‘He unhooks the bike frame and ties it tightly to his backpack, then doubles its rope round the wires and knots it tight.’
    • ‘Two young men sit down close by, bright scarves knotted around their scrawny necks, eyeing me speculatively.’
    • ‘He nodded and knotted his scarf tighter and stuffed his hands in his pockets.’
    • ‘Her white sneakers were annoyingly neat and the laces were knotted tightly and securely.’
    • ‘After knotting the bandage, Eve headed for the door.’
    • ‘She joined him shortly afterwards, shuddering and knotting the shawl at her throat as the wintry breeze hit her warm skin.’
    • ‘Al finished knotting the bandage and placed a second pillow beneath the young man's head.’
    • ‘Nearby a female worker tests for leaks by filling condoms with water, knotting the ends, and kneading them like bread dough on a brown paper towel.’
    • ‘Breathing in sharply, she held her breath as she wrapped the fabric around her chest and knotted it.’
    • ‘I would watch him shave and knot his tie every morning and remember thinking that it was how I wanted to look when I went to work.’
    • ‘The last time I saw him a little gray had come into his sideburns but he still looked handsome in his dark suits and expertly knotted ties.’
    • ‘He stood in front of the tall mirror in his room and knotted the tie on his dress blue uniform.’
    • ‘She twisted her hands, trying to figure out how they had knotted the ropes.’
    • ‘His captor finished knotting the rope and pulled the gun back out of his pants.’
    • ‘He dropped to his knees in front of her, and began knotting the rope around her wrists.’
    • ‘Beard, beret, curly hair and bandana knotted round his throat, he was the epitome of a certain type of radical chic, and his image is to be found on the walls of student rooms even today.’

    tie, make a knot in, tie a knot in, make a bow in, loop, lace

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    1. 1.1Make (a carpet or other decorative item) with knots.

      ‘The carpets on display range from the Dhurri / Kelim type to very fine hand knotted ones with more than 36,000 knots per square foot.’

      • ‘For example, the necklace is composed of nine different strands of woodchip coco beads, knotted by hand.’
      • ‘People, often children, are forced to do demeaning and often health destroying jobs. Try knotting Oriental carpets all day and see how long you keep your sight.’
  • 2Make (something, especially hair) tangled.

    ‘the shampoo knotted my hair terribly’

    • ‘Her beautiful brown hair was tangled and knotted.’
    • ‘She had long, brown hair that was knotted and unwashed.’
    • ‘The man was about thirty and unshaven, his unkempt, blonde hair knotted like some Rastafarian.’
    • ‘Her hair was a mess - tangled, knotted, and all over the place, instead of gleaming, soft and in place.’
    • ‘He could smell her hair, dirty and knotted, but still with a hint of the strawberry shampoo she had used the morning before.’
    • ‘Her normally sleek auburn hair was frizzy and knotted and her clothes were wrinkled from a night of restless sleep.’
    • ‘A dog, white and black hair tangled in a knotted mess, slept at the girl's feet, paws twitching every once in a while, signs that he was dreaming.’
    • ‘He washed his face, brushed his teeth, gurgled a mouthful of Listerine, combed out his knotted hair, and changed into another pair of boxers and a shirt.’
    • ‘She yanked out the brush and began combing through that lock of knotted hair vigorously, her eyes watering slightly every time the brush hit a stubborn tangle.’
    • ‘My hair was knotted and difficult to put a brush through.’
    • ‘Yawning, she walked over to the oak dressing table and ran her brush through her knotted red hair.’
    • ‘She grabbed the hairbrush out of his hand and began raking it through her knotted red hair.’
    • ‘She took deep breaths, quickly running her fingers through her knotted hair.’
    • ‘He stood in front of me smiling broadly, skin oiled and supple, his hair tangled in a mass of knotted dreadlocks.’
    • ‘She shook her head, her black knotted hair flying around her face.’
    • ‘My hair was knotted in a tangled mess, giving me a wild look.’
    • ‘Her long blond hair, knotted with traces of blood, trailed behind her.’
    • ‘She shook her head roughly back and forth, knotting her hair even more, which slightly annoyed Melinda who would have to help her get the tangles out in the morning.’
    • ‘A knotweed is so called because its roots are knotted or twisted.’
    • ‘Newborn asphyxia may also result when the umbilical cord is compressed between the baby's body and the uterine wall, or when the umbilical cord becomes knotted.’

    entangle, snarl, catch, entwine, intertwine, intertwist, twist, ravel, knot, enmesh, coil, mat, jumble, muddle

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  • 3Cause (a muscle) to become tense and hard.

    ‘She went to the bathroom to run a hot bath to help release what she thought was knotted muscles.’

    • ‘After about 10 minutes, I felt muscles knotted from a 12-week training schedule start to loosen up.’
    • ‘Electricity is also used to stimulate tense and knotted muscles.’
    • ‘In trigger-point injections, you may feel a sharp pain or muscle twitching when the needle hits the knotted muscle.’
    • ‘Some of our co-passengers would head for the spa where the expert masseuse, depending on whether he or she wanted a Swedish or aromatherapy massage, would knead their knotted muscles.’
    • ‘He felt her hands close gently on his shoulders, kneading his tired, knotted muscles.’
    • ‘The pool, jacuzzi, steamroom and sauna are a necessary part of the weekend rejuvenation process and if a massage therapist is on hand to squeeze out the knotted muscles, all the better.’
    • ‘He seemingly did not notice, so she put her hands on his shoulders and began kneading his knotted muscles.’
    • ‘Soothe your knotted muscles by applying a heating pad to the back of your neck or shoulders for from ten minutes to an hour.’
    • ‘Hands traveled down my back, massaging my knotted muscles.’
    • ‘She gently kneaded his knotted muscles as she spoke to their son.’
    • ‘I quit talking as his hands began to knead my tired, knotted muscles and one by one, I felt them all begin to slacken.’
    • ‘Here is the place to try a hot stone massage, where warm basalt stones from the desert's dry river beds are used in a deep massage to ease any knotted muscles.’
    • ‘Her fingers dug expertly into the knotted muscles of my shoulders, pummelled my back, massaged the tension out of my neck.’
    • ‘While you recline, this amazing chair does wonderful things to your body and you start feeling all that stiffness disappearing as knotted muscles begin relaxing.’
    • ‘Stretching out her sore and knotted muscles, she slowly rose from her blanket.’
    • ‘Frank exhaled, feeling a lessening of the tension that had been knotting his stomach muscles all week.’
    1. 3.1no object(of the stomach) tighten as a result of nervousness or tension.

      ‘Donna can feel her stomach knotting in anticipation.’

      • ‘He plodded along, his stomach knotting more and more with each step.’
      • ‘She glanced at the signature first, her stomach knotting as the glance confirmed it was from Phillip.’
      • ‘I could feel my stomach knotting up and I was shivering.’
      • ‘Her lip quivered slightly and her stomach knotted again.’
      • ‘I thought about calling Matt to see if he'd heard anything about this, then changed my mind when my stomach knotted up at the thought.’
      • ‘Now my stomach knotted as I wondered what I'd gotten myself into.’
      • ‘We usually get there early and sit around waiting for ages to soundcheck, my stomach gently knotting and unknotting with impatience.’
      • ‘Upon approaching the castle's wooden drawbridge, Jake's stomach began knotting, twisting up until it hurt.’
      • ‘Chills ran up and down his entire body, and he felt his stomach knotting fearfully.’
      • ‘Her stomach knotted into a hard ball of fear, but she knew enough not to let them see it.’
      • ‘But now, Jess could feel her stomach turning, knotting up inside her and making her nauseous.’
      • ‘My stomach's all knotted up and I feel like I'm going to get sick.’
      • ‘She walked through the giant doors in the huge gothic building and her stomach began to knot up.’
      • ‘I took a deep breath and tried to cool my face, my stomach knotting itself, as he went to order his coffee.’
      • ‘My stomach knots itself in fear as I wait for the appearance of a man who controls my destiny, my Fate, and my life.’
      • ‘To this day, even if I simply think about being in such a situation, my stomach knots, my body tenses, and I go into avoidance mode.’
      • ‘Her stomach knotted together, her heart jammed in her throat.’
      • ‘He knew by the way his stomach was knotting up what was to come.’
      • ‘No matter how successful you are or how fulfilled you feel, there are nights where you toss and turn because your stomach is knotted with thoughts of failure.’





    tie someone in knots
    • Make someone completely confused.

      • ‘they tied themselves in knots over what to call the country’
      • ‘That the administration had to handle it so carefully is a testament to how much the issue ties them in knots.’
      • ‘I would like to see an insurance policy that always pays out what it promises. Or a home loan that doesn't tie you in knots with options and clauses.’
      • ‘The United States Postal Service is tied in knots.’
      • ‘And now the writer's home city of Dublin is tied up in knots over its attempts to celebrate the centenary of the day on which his novel Ulysses is set - June 16, 1904.’
      • ‘My subconscious is trying to tie me in knots, but it won't work, though I half-wish it would.’
      • ‘A day on the water can calm nerves, rejuvenate the spirit and produce a general feeling of wellbeing, at least until we return to whatever tied us in knots in the first place.’
      • ‘I certainly wouldn't let them tie me in knots over the warranty, which probably isn't worth the inaccessible paper it's printed on.’
      • ‘Tedious research is replaced by typing two or three words into that marvellous search machine ‘Google’, and difficult calculations no longer tie us in knots.’
      • ‘The last time that you and I faced one another in a Committee, in a slightly different atmosphere, you were sitting in the seat that I am sitting in and doing your best to tie me in knots at every opportunity.’
      • ‘I'm sorry, but I think Hunter is tying himself in knots here.’
    tie the knot
    • Get married.

      • ‘The couple - who each have been married twice before - tied the knot 11 years ago in a register office.’
      • ‘The couple were married for 42 years - tying the knot when Sylvia was 17 and John was 18.’
      • ‘She said more and more couples were heading to Scotland to get married since Madonna and Ritchie tied the knot at Skibo castle in the Highlands in 2000.’
      • ‘They tied the knot soon afterwards and have been happily married for 16 years.’
      • ‘There was a rise of nearly 5% in the number of weddings in 2003 with 267,700 couples tying the knot in England and Wales according the Office of National Statistics.’
      • ‘When we met we had both already been married and we had a whirlwind romance of just six weeks before tying the knot.’
      • ‘It's easy to see why my mother fell in love with him when she was just 17, and married him - despite her own mother's misgivings - a year later, eloping to Scotland and tying the knot in secret.’
      • ‘He is 10 years older than me and has been married twice before, both times to women who turned out NOT to be nice people and about whom he had misgivings even before tying the knot.’
      • ‘Cohabitors still had a higher divorce rate and a higher level of discontent in their married life compared to couples who'd been living separately before tying the knot.’
      • ‘If you're planning on tying the knot, be prepared for the marriage tax penalty.’


Old English cnotta, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch knot.

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nounplural noun knot, plural noun knots

  • A small, relatively short-billed sandpiper, with a reddish-brown or blackish breast in the breeding season.

    Genus Calidris, family Scolopacidae: two species, in particular the red knot (C. canutus), which breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere

    ‘You can see red knots, dunlins, and sandpipers as they rest and forage for food on the beaches, using the untouched island habitat as a safe haven during their journey south.’

    • ‘The Humber Estuary supports more than 150,000 birds each year including knot, lapwing, golden plover and breeding little terns.’
    • ‘Many immature avocets spend their first summer after fledging well south of breeding areas, as do immature grey plovers, bar-tailed godwits and knot.’
    • ‘The great knot flies 3,000 miles from northwest Australia to its breeding ground in eastern China.’
    • ‘The possibility of arctic birds like the red knot and the dunlin disappearing from Scotland's shores is yet another symptom of a sickening planet.’





Late Middle English of unknown origin.


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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.

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

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

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

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

Anatomy, Zoology. a protuberance or swelling on or in a part or process, as in a muscle.

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

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

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

  1. a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile or about 1.15 statute miles per hour.
  2. a unit of 47 feet 3 inches (13.79 meters) on a log line, marked off by knots.
  3. a nautical mile.

a bond or tie: the knot of matrimony.

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

verb (used with object),knot·ted,knot·ting.

to tie in a knot; form a knot in.

to secure or fasten by a knot.

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

verb (used without object),knot·ted,knot·ting.

to become tied or tangled in a knot.

to form knots or joints.



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Idioms about knot

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

Origin of knot


before 1000; (noun) Middle English knot(te), Old English cnotta; cognate with Dutch knot,German knoten to knit; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun




knot , not

Words nearby knot

Knoop scale, knop, Knopf, knosp, Knossos, knot, knot garden, knotgrass, knothole, knotroot, knot stitch

Other definitions for knot (2 of 2)


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

Also called grayback.

Origin of knot


1425–75; late Middle English; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to knot

screw, tangle, cluster, clump, mob, swarm, knit, nexus, contortion, twist, whorl, perplexity, braid, bunch, whirl, ligature, spiral, snag, tie, warp

How to use knot in a sentence

  • Cotton and leather boot laces are simply no match for paracord’s breaking strength, high knot strength, or durability, then or now.

    This essential survival tool can save your life 10 different ways|By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life|September 15, 2020|Popular-Science

  • If such a fluid existed, then no matter what changes a vortex or group of linked vortices in the fluid went through, the number of links and knots would add up to the same number.

    An Unexpected Twist Lights Up the Secrets of Turbulence|David H. Freedman|September 3, 2020|Quanta Magazine

  • Vortex helicity has long been defined as the total number of links and knots in a vortex or in a connected group of vortices.

    An Unexpected Twist Lights Up the Secrets of Turbulence|David H. Freedman|September 3, 2020|Quanta Magazine

  • In the season 7 finale, George and Susan were finally tying the knot and George’s wallet was taking a beating.

    Science of ‘Seinfeld’|LGBTQ-Editor|June 15, 2020|No Straight News

  • The rules predict only the relative strength of each knot — that is, whether one knot is stronger than another.

    Color-changing fibers help unravel a knotty problem|Emily Conover|January 31, 2020|Science News For Students

  • There is something irrevocable-feeling about couples tying the knot on the steps of the county courthouse.

    Gay Marriage Chaos Begins|Jay Michaelson|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Every day before leaving home, Sara stands before the mirror and tightens the knot on her scarf.

    Acid Attacks on Women Spread Terror in Iran|IranWire|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • The most famous people in the world tied the knot secretly over the weekend.

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married and We’re Worried About Jennifer Aniston|Kevin Fallon, Tim Teeman|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • The moment he was finally able to loop a knot by himself was a milestone, his first step to becoming a man.

    Miami’s Chris Bosh Goes High Fashion|Justin Jones|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Star-studded guests arrived in fancy cars, and music and cheers rose above the castle walls as Kimye tied the knot.

    Eavesdropping On Kim and Kanye’s Florentine “Wedding of the Century”|Barbie Latza Nadeau|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • At the head they insert a bamboo knot, with its point well sharpened into two edges.

    The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XX, 1621-1624|Various

  • This is called the "Investiture of the Top-knot," and is always attended by solemn ceremonies.

    Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike

  • In accordance with that statement, he had decided that on the next day his son should be formally "invested" with the top-knot.

    Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike

  • He went down the road, collected his little knot of listeners, and began the Song of the Girl.

    Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling

  • I asked sharply, and MacRae flung the same query over one shoulder as he fumbled at the tight-drawn latigo-knot.

    Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for knot (1 of 2)


any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a piece of rope, cord, etc, in upon itself, to another piece of rope, or to another object

a prescribed method of tying a particular knot

a tangle, as in hair or string

a decorative bow or fastening, as of ribbon or braid

a small cluster or huddled group

a tie or bondthe marriage knot

a difficult problem

a protuberance or lump of plant tissues, such as that occurring on the trunks of certain trees

  1. a hard mass of wood at the point where a branch joins the trunk of a tree
  2. a cross section of this, usually roundish and cross-grained, visible in a piece of timber

a sensation of constriction, caused by tension or nervousnesshis stomach was tying itself in knots

  1. pathola lump of vessels or fibres formed in a part, as in a muscle
  2. anatomya protuberance on an organ or part

a unit of speed used by nautical vessels and aircraft, being one nautical mile (about 1.15 statute miles or 1.85 km) per hour

one of a number of equally spaced knots on a log line used to indicate the speed of a ship in nautical miles per hour

at a rate of knotsvery fast

tie someone in knotsto completely perplex or confuse someone

tie the knotinformalto get married

verbknots, knottingorknotted

(tr)to tie or fasten in a knot

to form or cause to form into a knot

(tr)to ravel or entangle or become ravelled or entangled

(tr)to make (an article or a design) by tying thread in an interlaced pattern of ornamental knots, as in macramé

Derived forms of knot

knotter, nounknotless, adjectiveknotlike, adjective

Word Origin for knot

Old English cnotta; related to Old High German knoto, Old Norse knūtr

British Dictionary definitions for knot (2 of 2)


a small northern sandpiper, Calidris canutus, with a short bill and grey plumage

Word Origin for knot

C15: of unknown origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for knot


A compact intersection of interlaced material, as of cord, ribbon, or rope.

A protuberant growth or swelling in a tissue, such as a gland.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Other Idioms and Phrases with knot

see tie into knots; tie the knot.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

KNOT and NOT - Meaning and Correct use of Homophones, sentences, explained in Hindi

This is speaking of canid animals (members of the dog family; Canidae). A knot is basically a swelling of the Bulbus Glandis, a part of a canine's penis. The erectile tissue swells up during the climax of sexual intercourse and locks when it penetrates the female allowing it to inseminate into the female canine (probably because these canid animals miss when they hump the female so the semen will miss, I think).

Dirty Friend: "Lol. Look at that dog'sknot. Now it's stuck with the female"
Other Friend: "You're disgusting. You're probably thinking about bestiality you furry freak."

by Pre-Writing March 14, 2018

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(n) An item which prevents an individual from wearing skinny jeans (see: swagga;not to be confused with swagger{for obvious reasons}).

Try as I might, this knot continues to prevent me (an individual) from wearing this pair of skinny jeans to the upcoming Alanis Moresett concert. For shame, for I (also an individual) adamantly feel that said pair of jeans accentuates my most voluptuous features. I am more angry and unsatisfied than a fat bitch that gotta make a second trip to the "co'na sto'" because she ate her wallet on the way there.

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If you Have you ever seen a dog penis then you would love to fap to it right...... Right

A dogs knot looks kinda like a pea in the pod that's alot bigger than the other peas. (except its a penis not a pod).

Ik a furrys dream right well don't worry because once getting knotted the animals massive building throbbing hunormousknotting cock is stuck in your arse (oopsie daisy) you can't really get it out other than dying and going to hell.

A normal day is the house am I right........ Right.

Guy 1:dude I just learned how to make a really good knot for fishing.
Guy 2: really wha........
jew: I'm calling the cars with sirens on them.
Guy 2: I am die now
Dog: death is an option

by Big boy the third November 17, 2018

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When animals mate, specifically canines--I'm actually not sure about felines--the penis enlarges during climax and remains enlarged to the point where he is literally stuck inside the female for as long as it the mating process goes on.

This happens to ensure insemination, and the male can ejaculate several times before he is shrinks down small enough to unmount. This is used as a kink of sorts in hybrid / abo fanfictions.

"Does this fic have knotting in it?"

"Is it a knot fic?"

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Meaning knot

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barrel knot, blood knot

a knot used for tying fishing leaders together; the ends of the two leaders are wrapped around each other two or three times

bow, bowknot

a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces

carrick bend

a knot used to connect the ends of two large ropes or hawsers

clove hitch

a knot used to fasten a line temporarily to a post or spar

figure eight, figure of eight

a knot having the shape of the numeral 8; tied in a rope that has been passed through a hole or pulley and that prevents the rope from coming loose

fisherman's bend

a knot for tying a line to a spar or ring

fisherman's knot, true lover's knot, truelove knot

a knot for tying the ends of two lines together

Gordian knot

an intricate knot tied by Gordius, the king of Phrygia, and cut by the sword of Alexander the Great after he heard that whoever undid it would become ruler of Asia

half hitch

a knot used to fasten a rope temporarily to an object; usually tied double

hawser bend

a knot uniting the ends of two lines


a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it; a temporary knot

loop knot

any of various knots used to make a fixed loop in a rope

love knot, lover's knot, lovers' knot, true lover's knot, true lovers' knot

a stylized or decorative knot used as an emblem of love

overhand knot

a simple small knot (often used as part of other knots)

prolonge knot, sailor's breastplate

a knot in the rope used to drag a gun carriage


a knot for shortening a line


a knot at the end of a cord or rope that can slip along the cord or rope around which it is made

square knot

a double knot made of two half hitches and used to join the ends of two cords

stopper knot

a knot that prevents a rope from passing through a hole

surgeon's knot

any of several knots used in tying stitches or ligatures

Turk's head

an ornamental knot that resembles a small turban

Blackwall hitch

a simple hitch used for temporarily attaching a line to a hook

bowline, bowline knot

a loop knot that neither slips nor jams


a hitch in the middle of rope that has two eyes into which tackle can be hooked

Matthew Walker, Matthew Walker knot

a kind of stopper knot

flat knot, reef knot

a square knot used in a reef line

rolling hitch

a hitch for fastening a line to a spar or another rope

becket bend, sheet bend, weaver's hitch, weaver's knot

a hitch used for temporarily tying a rope to the middle of another rope (or to an eye)

timber hitch

a hitch used to secure a rope to a log or spar; often supplemented by a half hitch

Windsor knot

a wide triangular slipknot for tying a tie

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