- a loop with a running knot, as in a snare, lasso, or hangman's halter, that tightens as the rope is pulled.
- a tie or bond; snare.
- to secure by or as by a noose.
- to make a noose with or in (a rope or the like).
Origin of noose
Examples from the Web for noose
The cover image of your book—a dangling badge—resembles a noose, understandably so.We Abandoned Them: Kirk Johnson’s Fight to Save Iraqis
John Kael Weston
September 14, 2013
But for Israel the “Arab Spring” represents a dramatic, abrupt tightening of the noose.Israel Under Siege
July 31, 2012
It has recently ruled over the country with an iron fist, increasingly solidifying its noose on civil rights and governance.Mohamed Morsi’s Bittersweet Egypt Victory
June 24, 2012
Tighten this noose and make Khartoum a very small place to live.George Clooney’s Crusade for Diplomatic Intervention in Sudan
March 14, 2012
It was asked, left to right, across the stage, bypassing Gingrich, tightening the noose.Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich Knock Heads at the ABC News GOP Debate
December 11, 2011
Old Noll had a noose of hemp ready for horse-stealers, were they for King or for Parliament.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Standing behind me, jerking at the noose, he commanded me to hold up my hands.Murder Point
If he were hanged for it he had run his craig into the noose.Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
He shook out the noose of his rope, and it sang as it whirled in the air.The Coyote
Wait till you see me slipping my neck into a noose held by your fingers.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
- a loop in the end of a rope or cord, such as a lasso, snare, or hangman's halter, usually tied with a slipknot
- something that restrains, binds, or traps
- put one's head in a noose to bring about one's own downfall
- to secure or catch in or as if in a noose
- to make a noose of or in
Word Origin and History for noose
mid-15c., perhaps from Old French nos or cognate Old Provençal nous "knot," from Latin nodus "knot" (see net (n.)). Rare before c.1600.