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or slip knot

[slip-not] /ˈslɪpˌnɒt/
a knot that slips easily along the cord or line around which it is made.
Origin of slipknot
First recorded in 1650-60; slip1 + knot1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When they tried to fly away, they pulled the slipknot which held them fast.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • And the weight of the marmot, pulling downward, drew the slipknot tight.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • On his right a man had uncoiled a well-rope and was tying a slipknot in it.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • The string of the kite is fastened round these balances by a slipknot.

    The Playwork Book Ann Macbeth
  • At the same moment a slipknot fell on the general's shoulders, and he rolled on the ground with a yell of rage.

    The Red Track Gustave Aimard
  • Wedding Hint: The minister ties the knot; time and lawyers may prove it to be a slipknot.

  • There was a slipknot in one end of the rope, and a sudden movement drew the boy's hands to his back and passed it round them.

    The Story of an African Farm (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner
  • This kite must have four patches to insert its balances through and the slipknot of the kite-string is fixed around both.

    The Playwork Book Ann Macbeth
  • He said hed rather tie a slipknot round the fellars neck, and drawr it taut.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • Terry bounded ashore, and next moment was back with the rope coiled and a slipknot at the end of it.

British Dictionary definitions for slipknot


Also called running knot. a nooselike knot tied so that it will slip along the rope round which it is made
a knot that can be easily untied by pulling one free end
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slipknot

also slip-knot, 1650s, from slip (v.) + knot (n.). One which easily can be "slipped" or undone by pulling on the loose end of the last loop.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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