Origin of knotted
- 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
Related Words for knottedtangled, clustered, coiled, braided, looped, bent, engaged, perplexed, linked, twisted, fastened, gnarled, lassoed, seized, intertwined, snagged, banded, warped, knotty
Examples from the Web for knotted
Contemporary Examples of knotted
Some came wrapped in what looked like puffed up fabric worms, with hair just as knotted and twisted.Comme Des Garçons, Kenzo, and More Japanese Designers at Paris Fashion Week
March 4, 2014
This past week you could feel a dry-mouthed, stomach- knotted apprehension in the national perception of our brave new president.Obama's Strange Obsession
February 9, 2009
Historical Examples of knotted
He gloried in his knotted muscles and the crushing power of his desires.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Her throat was bare, and she saw the muscles of it knotted in the struggle for life.Weighed and Wanting
"You are fatigued," said madame, raising her glance as she knotted the money.A Tale of Two Cities
His ruddy English face was knotted in a scowl and his blue eyes were dark.The Floating Island of Madness
And if she had not been there, why was her handkerchief found there, knotted in this peculiar way?The Film of Fear
- 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.