- 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.
Origin of knot1
Synonyms for knot
Origin of knot2
Related Words for knotscrew, tangle, cluster, clump, mob, swarm, knit, nexus, contortion, twist, whorl, perplexity, braid, bunch, whirl, ligature, spiral, snag, tie, warp
Examples from the Web for knot
Contemporary Examples of knot
There is something irrevocable-feeling about couples tying the knot on the steps of the county courthouse.Gay Marriage Chaos Begins
November 11, 2014
Every day before leaving home, Sara stands before the mirror and tightens the knot on her scarf.Acid Attacks on Women Spread Terror in Iran
October 18, 2014
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
The moment he was finally able to loop a knot by himself was a milestone, his first step to becoming a man.Miami’s Chris Bosh Goes High Fashion
August 13, 2014
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
Historical Examples of knot
"Stand to it, my hearts of gold," said the old bowman as he passed from knot to knot.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Wherever there was a knot of midnight roisterers, they quaffed her health.The Sister Years (From "Twice Told Tales")
She tied a knot with flashing eyes, as if it throttled a foe.A Tale of Two Cities
All the time that she was speaking she was working at a knot in the corner of her handkerchief.Southern Lights and Shadows
There is one question that cuts the knot—that decides where you stand—and where I stand.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- 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.