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knot1 British & World English

A fastening made by looping a piece of string, rope, or something similar on itself and tightening it

knot2 British & World English

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

knot English Thesaurus

tie a small knot in the yarn

knot New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

one nautical mile per hour

reef knot British & World English

A type of double knot which is made symmetrically to hold securely and cast off easily

root-knot British & World English

A disease of cultivated flowers and vegetables caused by eelworm infestation, resulting in galls on the roots

slip knot British & World English

A knot that can be undone by a pull

wale knot British & World English

A knot made at the end of a rope by intertwining the strands

blood knot British & World English

A type of knot used by anglers to join two fishing lines

French knot British & World English

(In embroidery) a stitch in which the thread is wound around the needle, which is then passed back through the fabric at almost the same point to form a small dot

granny knot British & World English

A reef knot with the ends crossed the wrong way and therefore liable to slip

knot garden British & World English

A formal garden laid out in an intricate design

square knot British & World English

US term for reef knot.

sword knot British & World English

A ribbon or tassel attached to a sword hilt, originally for securing it to the wrist

water knot British & World English

A kind of knot used to join two fishing lines

bullion knot British & World English

A decorative stitch in embroidery made by winding the thread several times round the needle before sewing a backstitch

Gordian knot British & World English

An extremely difficult or involved problem

overhand knot British & World English

A simple knot made by forming a loop and passing a free end round the standing part and through the loop

porter's knot British & World English

A double shoulder pad and forehead loop used for carrying loads

running knot British & World English

A knot that slips along the rope and changes the size of a noose

shoulder knot British & World English

A knot of ribbon, metal, or lace worn as part of a ceremonial dress

surgeon's knot British & World English

A reef knot with one or more extra turns in the first half knot

true-love knot British & World English

A kind of knot with interlacing bows on each side, symbolizing the bonds of love

weaver's knot British & World English

A sheet bend used for joining threads in weaving

Windsor knot British & World English

A large, loose triangular knot in a man’s tie, produced by making extra turns when tying

Gordian knot New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

tied by Gordius, cut through by Alexander the Great

fisherman's knot British & World English

A knot used to join two small ropes by tying an overhand knot in the end of each around the opposite standing part

cut the Gordian knot British & World English

Solve or remove a problem in a direct or forceful way, rejecting gentler or more indirect methods

bowknot British & World English

A double-looped ornamental knot in a ribbon, tie, or other fastening

topknot British & World English

A knot of hair arranged on the top of the head

knothole British & World English

A hole in a piece of timber where a knot has fallen out, or in a tree trunk where a branch has decayed

knotwork British & World English

Ornamental work consisting of or representing intertwined and knotted cords

wall knot in wale knot British & World English

A knot made at the end of a rope by intertwining the strands

clinch knot in clinch British & World English

A knot used to fasten ropes or angling lines, using a half hitch with the end seized back on its own part

prusik knot in prusik British & World English

A sliding knot that locks under pressure enabling a person to climb in this way

red knot in knot2 British & World English

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

true-lover's knot in true-love knot British & World English

A kind of knot with interlacing bows on each side, symbolizing the bonds of love

cut the Gordian knot in Gordian knot British & World English

Solve or remove a problem in a direct or forceful way, rejecting gentler or more indirect methods