[ not-ing ]

  1. a decorative pattern produced by interlacing and tying knots in various yarns, as in macramé and tatting.

Origin of knotting

First recorded in 1605–15; knot1 + -ing1

Words Nearby knotting Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use knotting in a sentence

  • The late Caleb Whitefoord, seeing a lady knotting fringe for a petticoat, asked her, what she was doing?

  • They sank to the benches; the climb, once halted, knotting their calves and the low muscles on their backs.

    The Jewels of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany
  • I was startled then to see the depth of yearning in Wickwire's regard, to see his hands knotting and twisting one in the other.

  • Then he was writhing on the glass steps with fold after slimy fold knotting about him, twisting, crushing, killing him.

    The Devil in Iron | Robert E. Howard
  • Eunice was knotting fringe for a bedspread, and it interested the child wonderfully.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem | Amanda Minnie Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for knotting


/ (ˈnɒtɪŋ) /

  1. a sealer applied over knots in new wood before priming to prevent resin from exuding

  2. (esp formerly) a kind of decorative knotted fancywork

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