- a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile or about 1.15 statute miles per hour.
- a unit of 47 feet 3 inches (13.79 meters) on a log line, marked off by knots.
- a nautical mile.
verb (used with object), knot·ted, knot·ting.
verb (used without object), knot·ted, knot·ting.
- knopf, alfred a.,
- knot garden,
- knot stitch,
Origin of knot1
Origin of knot2
Examples from the Web for knot
There is something irrevocable-feeling about couples tying the knot on the steps of the county courthouse.
Every day before leaving home, Sara stands before the mirror and tightens the knot on her scarf.
The most famous people in the world tied the knot secretly over the weekend.Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married and We’re Worried About Jennifer Aniston|Kevin Fallon, Tim Teeman|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The moment he was finally able to loop a knot by himself was a milestone, his first step to becoming a man.
Star-studded guests arrived in fancy cars, and music and cheers rose above the castle walls as Kimye tied the knot.Eavesdropping On Kim and Kanye’s Florentine “Wedding of the Century”|Barbie Latza Nadeau|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Joe and Abe looked to it, testing every knot, however, and their seamanship told.Tom Fairfield at Sea|Allen Chapman
Yet ways and means had to be provided, and the difficulty grew rather than diminished, until it was decided to cut the knot.Sir Walter Ralegh|William Stebbing
Thereby had she been enabled to say, 'He will come'; and saying, 'He has come,' her touch rested on the first knot in the string.The Short Works of George Meredith|George Meredith
His eyes are too busy examining the shingles for knot holes to be cut out by the second saw whirling in front of him.The Everett massacre|Walker C. Smith
From another corner he tried to extricate a half-sovereign, but it would not come, the knot was too tight.Thereby Hangs a Tale|George Manville Fenn
- a hard mass of wood at the point where a branch joins the trunk of a tree
- a cross section of this, usually roundish and cross-grained, visible in a piece of timber
- pathola lump of vessels or fibres formed in a part, as in a muscle
- anatomya protuberance on an organ or part
verb knots, knotting or knotted
Word Origin for knot
Word Origin for knot
Old English cnotta "intertwining of ropes, cords, etc.," from Proto-Germanic *knuttan- (cf. Low German knütte, Old Frisian knotta "knot," Dutch knot, Old High German knoto, German Knoten, perhaps also Old Norse knutr "knot, knob"). Figurative sense of "difficult problem" was in Old English (cf. Gordian knot). Symbolic of the bond of wedlock, early 13c. As an ornament of dress, first attested c.1400. Meaning "thickened part or protuberance on tissue of a plant" is from late 14c. The nautical unit of measure (1630s) is from the practice of attaching knotted string to the log line. The ship's speed can be measured by the number of knots that play out while the sand glass is running.
The distance between the knots on the log-line should contain 1/120 of a mile, supposing the glass to run exactly half a minute. [Jorge Juan and Antonio de Ulloa, "A Voyage to South America" 1760]
"to tie in a knot," mid-15c., from knot (n.). Related: Knotted (late 12c.), knotting.
see tie into knots; tie the knot.