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
Examples from the Web for knotting
Often when we think we are knotting one thread, we are tying quite another.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
I dropped the microphone and snatched up my robe, knotting its cord about me as I hurried out of my stateroom.Astounding Stories, April, 1931|Various
With another piece of the torn blanket he fastened it there, knotting a strip behind the mans head.Frank Merriwell's Triumph|Burt L. Standish
She lighted one and strolled about the room, knotting up her dark hair, heels clicking sharply over the bare, polished floor.The Danger Mark|Robert W. Chambers
The English crew were busily employed in knotting and splicing the rigging which had been cut away, and repairing other damages.From Powder Monkey to Admiral|W.H.G. Kingston
- 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
- pathol a lump of vessels or fibres formed in a part, as in a muscle
- anatomy a 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.