Definition of Knot

1. Noun. A tight cluster of people or things. "The bird had a knot of feathers forming a crest"

Generic synonyms: Bunch, Clump, Cluster, Clustering

2. Verb. Make into knots; make knots out of. "She knotted her fingers"
Generic synonyms: Create From Raw Material, Create From Raw Stuff
Specialized synonyms: Macrame

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

4. Verb. Tie or fasten into a knot. "Knot the shoelaces"
Generic synonyms: Bind, Tie

5. Noun. A hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged. "The saw buckled when it hit a knot"
Generic synonyms: Wood
Group relationships: Board, Plank

6. Verb. Tangle or complicate. "A ravelled story"
Exact synonyms: Ravel, Tangle
Generic synonyms: Enlace, Entwine, Interlace, Intertwine, Lace, Twine
Antonyms: Unknot, Unravel, Unravel
Derivative terms: Ravel, Tangle

7. Noun. Something twisted and tight and swollen. "His stomach was in knots"
Exact synonyms: Gnarl
Generic synonyms: Distorted Shape, Distortion
Derivative terms: Gnarl, Gnarly, Knotty

8. Noun. A unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude.
Exact synonyms: Air Mile, International Nautical Mile, Mi, Mile, Naut Mi, Nautical Mile
Generic synonyms: Nautical Linear Unit
Derivative terms: Miler

9. Noun. Soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design.
Exact synonyms: Burl, Slub
Generic synonyms: Raggedness, Roughness
Derivative terms: Burl

10. Noun. A sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere.
Exact synonyms: Calidris Canutus, Grayback, Greyback
Generic synonyms: Sandpiper
Group relationships: Calidris, Genus Calidris

Definition of Knot

1. n. A fastening together of the pars or ends of one or more threads, cords, ropes, etc., by any one of various ways of tying or entangling.

2. v. t. To tie in or with, or form into, a knot or knots; to form a knot on, as a rope; to entangle.

3. v. i. To form knots or joints, as in a cord, a plant, etc.; to become entangled.

Definition of Knot

1. Noun. A looping of a piece of string or of any other long, flexible material that cannot be untangled without passing one or both ends of the material through its loops. ¹

2. Noun. (context: of hair etc) A tangled clump. ¹

3. Noun. A maze-like pattern. ¹

4. Noun. (mathematics) A non-self-intersecting closed curve in (e.g., three-dimensional) space that is an abstraction of a knot (in sense 1 above). ¹

5. Noun. A difficult situation. ¹

6. Noun. The whorl left in lumber by the base of a branch growing out of the tree's trunk. ¹

7. Noun. Local swelling in a tissue area, especially skin, often due to injury. ¹

8. Noun. A group of people or things. ¹

9. Verb. To form into a knot; tie with (a) knot(s). ¹

10. Verb. To form wrinkles in the forehead, as a sign of concentration, concern, surprise, etc. ¹

11. Noun. (nautical) A unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour. ¹

12. Noun. (slang) A nautical mile (qualifier incorrectly) ¹

13. Noun. one of a variety shore bird; the red-breasted sandpiper (variously ''Calidris canutus'' or ''Tringa canutus'') ¹

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Definition of Knot

1. to tie in a knot (a closed loop) [v KNOTTED, KNOTTING, KNOTS]

Medical Definition of Knot

1. 1. To form knots or joints, as in a cord, a plant, etc.; to become entangled. "Cut hay when it begins to knot." (Mortimer) 2. To knit knots for fringe or trimming. 3. To copulate; said of toads. 1. A fastening together of the pars or ends of one or more threads, cords, ropes, etc, by any one of various ways of tying or entangling. A lump or loop formed in a thread, cord, rope. Etc, as at the end, by tying or interweaving it upon itself. An ornamental tie, as of a ribbon. The names of knots vary according to the manner of their making, or the use for which they are intended; as, dowknot, reef knot, stopper knot, diamond knot, etc. 2. A bond of union; a connection; a tie. "With nuptial knot." "Ere we knit the knot that can never be loosed." (Bp. Hall) 3. Something not easily solved; an intricacy; a difficulty; a perplexity; a problem. "Knots worthy of solution." (Cowper) "A man shall be perplexed with knots, and problems of business, and contrary affairs." (South) 4. A figure the lines of which are interlaced or intricately interwoven, as in embroidery, gardening, etc. "Garden knots." "Flowers worthy of paradise, which, not nice art In beds and curious knots, but nature boon Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain." (Milton) 5. A cluster of persons or things; a collection; a group; a hand; a clique; as, a knot of politicians. "Knots of talk." "His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries." (Shak) "Palms in cluster, knots of Paradise." (Tennyson) "As they sat together in small, separate knots, they discussed doctrinal and metaphysical points of belief." (Sir W. Scott) 6. A portion of a branch of a tree that forms a mass of woody fibre running at an angle with the grain of the main stock and making a hard place in the timber. A loose knot is generally the remains of a dead branch of a tree covered by later woody growth. 7. A knob, lump, swelling, or protuberance. "With lips serenely placid, felt the knot Climb in her throat." (Tennyson) 8. A protuberant joint in a plant. 9. The point on which the action of a story depends; the gist of a matter. "I shoulde to the knotte condescend, And maken of her walking soon an end." (Chaucer) 10. See Node. 11. A division of the log line, serving to measure the rate of the vessel's motion. Each knot on the line bears the same proportion to a mile that thirty seconds do to an hour. The number of knots which run off from the reel in half a minute, therefore, shows the number of miles the vessel sails in an hour. Hence: A nautical mile, or 6080.27 feet; as, when a ship goes eight miles an hour, her speed is said to be eight knots. 12. A kind of epaulet. See Shoulder knot. 13. A sandpiper (Tringa canutus), found in the northern parts of all the continents, in summer. It is grayish or ashy above, with the rump and upper tail coverts white, barred with dusky. The lower parts are pale brown, with the flanks and under tail coverts white. When fat it is prized by epicures. Called also dunne. The name is said to be derived from King Canute, this bird being a favorite article of food with him. "The knot that called was Canutus' bird of old, Of that great king of Danes his name that still doth hold, His appetite to please that far and near was sought." (Drayton) Origin: OE. Knot, knotte, AS. Cnotta; akin to D. Knot, OHG. Chnodo, chnoto, G. Knoten, Icel. Kntr, Sw. Knut, Dan. Knude, and perh. To L. Nodus. Cf. Knout, Knit. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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