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slipknot

or slip knot

[slip-not]
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noun
  1. a knot that slips easily along the cord or line around which it is made.
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Origin of slipknot

First recorded in 1650–60; slip1 + knot1
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Examples from the Web for slipknot

Historical Examples

  • When they tried to fly away, they pulled the slipknot which held them fast.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • And the weight of the marmot, pulling downward, drew the slipknot tight.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • On his right a man had uncoiled a well-rope and was tying a slipknot in it.

    Back Home

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • The string of the kite is fastened round these balances by a slipknot.

  • At the same moment a slipknot fell on the general's shoulders, and he rolled on the ground with a yell of rage.

    The Red Track

    Gustave Aimard


British Dictionary definitions for slipknot

slipknot

noun
  1. Also called: running knot a nooselike knot tied so that it will slip along the rope round which it is made
  2. a knot that can be easily untied by pulling one free end
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Word Origin and History for slipknot

n.

also slip-knot, 1650s, from slip (v.) + knot (n.). One which easily can be "slipped" or undone by pulling on the loose end of the last loop.

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