- 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 prideMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A particular method of making a knot: you need to master two knots, the clove hitch and the sheet bendMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2A tangled mass in something such as hair or wool.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 doorMore example sentences
- 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.
- 5A small tightly packed group of people: a knot of spectators was gatheringMore example sentences
- 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.
- 6A unit of speed equivalent to one nautical mile per hour, used especially of ships, aircraft, or winds.More example sentences
- 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.
verb (knots, knotting, knotted)[with object] Back to top
- 1Fasten with a knot: the scarves were knotted loosely around their throats (as adjective knotted) a knotted ropeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Make (a carpet or other decorative item) with knots.More example sentences
- 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: (as adjective knotted) he brushed through his knotted hairMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3Cause (a muscle) to become tense and hard.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
at a rate of knots
- British • informal Very fast.More example sentences
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/madwomanNorth American • informal lickety-split• literary apace
- 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.
- British • informal Used to express contemptuous rejection of someone.More example sentences
- 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 wordMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
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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.
Old English cnotta, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch knot.
noun (plural same or knots)
- A small, relatively short-billed sandpiper, with a reddish-brown or blackish breast in the breeding season.
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- 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.
late Middle English: of unknown origin.