There are 2 definitions of knot in English:

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noun

  • 1A fastening made by looping a piece of string, rope, or something similar on itself and tightening it: tie a knot at the end of the cord figurative a complicated knot of racial politics and pride
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    tie, twist, loop, bow, splice, splicing, join, link, fastening, bond, intertwinement, interlacement, ligature, joint, connection; tangle, entanglement
  • 1.1A particular method of making a knot: you need to master two knots, the clove hitch and the sheet bend
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    • 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.
  • 1.2An ornamental ribbon.
  • 2A tangled mass in something such as hair or wool.
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    • 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.
  • 3A knob, protuberance, or node in a stem, branch, or root.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    nodule, gnarl, knurl, node, lump, knob, swelling, growth, gall, protuberance, bump
    archaic knar
  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 3.2A hard lump of tissue in the body.
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    • 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.
  • 4An unpleasant feeling of tightness or tension in a part of the body: her stomach was in knots as she unlocked the door
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    • 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.
  • 6A unit of speed equivalent to one nautical mile per hour, used especially of ships, aircraft, or winds.
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    • 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.
  • 6.1chiefly • historical A length marked by knots on a log line, as a measure of speed: some days the vessel logged 12 knots

verb (knots, knotting, knotted)

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  • 1Fasten with a knot: the scarves were knotted loosely around their throats (as adjective knotted) a knotted rope
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    tie, make/tie a knot in, make a bow in, loop, lace; fasten, secure, bind, make fast, tie up, do up, lash, tether
  • 1.1Make (a carpet or other decorative item) with knots.
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    • 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.
  • 3Cause (a muscle) to become tense and hard.
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    • 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.
  • 3.1 [no object] (Of the stomach) tighten as a result of nervousness or tension.
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    • 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.

Phrases

at a rate of knots

British informal Very fast.
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  • I know all the companies are putting out opera DVDs at a rate of knots, and I suspect strongly that all other niche markets are doing likewise.
  • Near me there used to be lots of fields which have now been turned into housing estates: the town is growing at a rate of knots.
  • When you drive into these little terraced streets, drivers are going at a rate of knots with no seatbelts on, oblivious to the fact that children could just step out from between two cars.
Synonyms
rapidly, speedily, swiftly, quickly, fast, post-haste, at (full) speed, at the speed of light, at full tilt, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a gallop; promptly, immediately, briskly; hastily, hurriedly, precipitately
informal p.d.q. (pretty damn quick), double quick, at a lick, hell for leather, pronto, at the double, at wasp speed, a mile a minute, like the wind, like a bomb, like a bat out of hell, like a scalded cat, like the deuce, like nobody's business, like (greased) lightning, like a madman/madwoman
British informal like the clappers, like billy-o
North American informal lickety-split
literary apace

get knotted

British informal Used to express contemptuous rejection of someone.
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  • Instead of wasting his breath answering her specific points, he listed all his Government's glorious achievements and told her, basically, to get knotted.
  • If they find the place desperately ‘uninteresting’, they can get knotted.
  • I would like to add, on a more personal note: get knotted, bandylegs.

tie someone (up) in knots

informal Make someone completely confused: journalists tied themselves in knots trying to define the word
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  • 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.

tie the knot

informal Get married.
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  • 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.

Derivatives

knotless

adjective
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  • Fifteen minutes later and 280 yards from the original point of capture the most fantastic example of a sea-trout I had ever seen lay nestling in the folds of my knotless mesh landing net.
  • In freshwater fishing I use a knotless tapered leader.
  • She separated a section of knotless hair from a tangled section and started picking at the ball of hair.

knotter

noun
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  • He started work as a ‘reacher in’ at Kelbrook Bridge Mill, threading the warp yarns and passing the ends on to the knotter.

Origin

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

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There are 2 definitions of knot in English:

knot2

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Pronunciation: /nɒt
 
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noun (plural same or 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
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    • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin.

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