Origin of knotting
- 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 knottingscrew, tangle, cluster, clump, mob, swarm, knit, nexus, contortion, twist, whorl, perplexity, braid, bunch, whirl, ligature, spiral, snag, tie, warp
Examples from the Web for knotting
Historical Examples of knotting
And, knotting the Luttrell flag on the halyard, he hoisted it in a moment.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
The buttoning and the belting, the lacing and the knotting, at an end, he put on the hat.The Rich Little Poor Boy
Owl Carver held his hands behind his back, knotting them together.Shaman
He sealed up his mouth by knotting together the beard and moustache.Sir Walter Ralegh
Knotting, Sir, (replied she;) pray Mr. Whitfoord, can you knot?The Punster's Pocket-book
Charles Molloy Westmacott
- 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.