- knot stitch,
- knotty rhatany,
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
Examples from the Web for 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|Liza Foreman|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This past week you could feel a dry-mouthed, stomach- knotted apprehension in the national perception of our brave new president.
They wear corselets of buffalo-hide and of twisted and knotted rope, and carry shields or bucklers.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803|E.H. Blair
But first he bent to grasp the knotted vines and leathery leaves that enclosed a bulky package.Brood of the Dark Moon|Charles Willard Diffin
And he hath about his neck 300 pearls orient, good and great and knotted, as paternosters here of amber.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville|John Mandeville
He rolls his head from side to side, and beats his breast with his knotted hands.Edith and John|Franklin S. Farquhar
And they tried the other arm, and that was the same, and all her body was knotted together quite stiff.Italian Popular Tales|Thomas Frederick Crane
- 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.