From Middle English knotte, from Old English cnotta, from Proto-Germanic *knuttô, *knudô (“knot”); (cognate with Old High German knoto (German Knoten, Dutch knot, Low German Knütte); compare also Old Norse knútr > Danish knude, Swedish knut, Norwegian knute, Faroese knútur, Icelandic hnútur). Probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gnod- (“to bind”), compare Latin nōdus and its Romance descendants. Doublet of node.
knot (plural knots)
- 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.
- Climbers must make sure that all knots are both secure and of types that will not weaken the rope.
- (of hair, etc) A tangled clump.
- The nurse was brushing knots from the protesting child's hair.
- A maze-like pattern.
- (mathematics) A non-self-intersecting closed curve in (e.g., three-dimensional) space that is an abstraction of a knot (in sense 1 above).
- A knot can be defined as a non-self-intersecting broken line whose endpoints coincide: when such a knot is constrained to lie in a plane, then it is simply a polygon.
- A knot in its original sense can be modeled as a mathematical knot (or link) as follows: if the knot is made with a single piece of rope, then abstract the shape of that rope and then extend the working end to merge it with the standing end, yielding a mathematical knot. If the knot is attached to a metal ring, then that metal ring can be modeled as a trivial knot and the pair of knots become a link. If more than one mathematical knot (or link) can be thus obtained, then the simplest one (avoiding detours) is probably the one which one would want.
- A difficult situation.
- I got into a knot when I inadvertently insulted a policeman.
- The whorl left in lumber by the base of a branch growing out of the tree's trunk.
- When preparing to tell stories at a campfire, I like to set aside a pile of pine logs with lots of knots, since they burn brighter and make dramatic pops and cracks.
- Local swelling in a tissue area, especially skin, often due to injury.
- Jeremy had a knot on his head where he had bumped it on the bedframe.
- A protuberant joint in a plant.
- Any knob, lump, swelling, or protuberance.
- the swelling of the bulbus glandis in members of the dog family; Canidae
- The point on which the action of a story depends; the gist of a matter.
- the knot of the tale
- (engineering) A node.
- A kind of epaulet; a shoulder knot.
- A group of people or things.
- (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
- his ancient knot of dangerous adversaries
- (Can we date this quote?) Sir Walter Scott
- As they sat together in small, separate knots, they discussed doctrinal and metaphysical points of belief.
- 1968, Bryce Walton, Harpoon Gunner, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, NY, (1968), page 20,
- He pushed through knots of whalemen grouped with their families and friends, and surrounded by piles of luggage.
- (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
- A bond of union; a connection; a tie.
- (nautical) A unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour. (From the practice of counting the number of knots in the log-line (as it plays out) in a standard time. Traditionally spaced at one every 1/120th of a mile.)
- Cedric claimed his old yacht could make 12 knots.
- (slang) A nautical mile (incorrectly)
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- To form into a knot; to tie with a knot or knots.
- We knotted the ends of the rope to keep it from unravelling.
- To form wrinkles in the forehead, as a sign of concentration, concern, surprise, etc.
- She knotted her brow in concentration while attempting to unravel the tangled strands.
- To unite closely; to knit together.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
- (obsolete, rare) To entangle or perplex; to puzzle.
- (form into a knot): bind, tie
- (form wrinkles in forehead): knit
- (unite closely): attach, join, put together; see also Thesaurus:join
- (entangle or perplex): baffle, flummox; see also Thesaurus:confuse
knot (plural knots or knot)
- One of a variety of shore birds; the red-breasted sandpiper (variously Calidris canutus or Tringa canutus).
From Middle Dutch cnudde, from Proto-Germanic *knuttan-; cognate with knod, English knot, Frisian knotte, (Middle) High German Knotze (German Knoten), Danish knude, Norwegian knute, Swedish knut, etc.
- A knot, bun (of hair), skein
- The top or crest (with messy branches) of certain woody plants, notably willows
- A flax seed box
- (dialect) A marble to play with
- A prank, joke
- Alternative form of
knot m inan
- A wick (as of a candle)