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an interlacing, twining, looping, etc., of a cord, rope, or the like, drawn tight into a knob or lump, for fastening, binding, or connecting two cords together or a cord to something else.
a piece of ribbon or similar material tied or folded upon itself and used or worn as an ornament.
a group or cluster of persons or things: a knot of spectators.
the hard, cross-grained mass of wood at the place where a branch joins the trunk of a tree.
a part of this mass showing in a piece of lumber, wood panel, etc.
Anatomy, Zoology. a protuberance or swelling on or in a part or process, as in a muscle.
a protuberance in the tissue of a plant; an excrescence on a stem, branch, or root; a node or joint in a stem, especially when of swollen form.
any of various fungal diseases of trees characterized by the formation of an excrescence, knob, or gnarl.
an involved, intricate, or difficult matter; complicated problem.
- 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.
a bond or tie: the knot of matrimony.
verb (used with object), knot·ted, knot·ting.
to tie in a knot; form a knot in.
to secure or fasten by a knot.
to form protuberances, bosses, or knobs in; make knotty.
verb (used without object), knot·ted, knot·ting.
to become tied or tangled in a knot.
to form knots or joints.
Words nearby knot
Idioms for knot
tie the knot, Informal. to marry: They will tie the knot in November.
Origin of knot1
before 1000; (noun) Middle English knot(te), Old English cnotta; cognate with Dutch knot, German knoten to knit; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
OTHER WORDS FROM knotknot·less, adjectiveknot·like, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH knotknot not
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British Dictionary definitions for tie the knot (1 of 2)
/ (nɒt) /
any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a piece of rope, cord, etc, in upon itself, to another piece of rope, or to another object
a prescribed method of tying a particular knot
a tangle, as in hair or string
a decorative bow or fastening, as of ribbon or braid
a small cluster or huddled group
a tie or bondthe marriage knot
a difficult problem
a protuberance or lump of plant tissues, such as that occurring on the trunks of certain trees
- 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
a sensation of constriction, caused by tension or nervousnesshis stomach was tying itself in knots
- pathol a lump of vessels or fibres formed in a part, as in a muscle
- anatomy a protuberance on an organ or part
a unit of speed used by nautical vessels and aircraft, being one nautical mile (about 1.15 statute miles or 1.85 km) per hour
one of a number of equally spaced knots on a log line used to indicate the speed of a ship in nautical miles per hour
at a rate of knots very fast
tie someone in knots to completely perplex or confuse someone
tie the knot informal to get married
verb knots, knotting or knotted
(tr) to tie or fasten in a knot
to form or cause to form into a knot
(tr) to ravel or entangle or become ravelled or entangled
(tr) to make (an article or a design) by tying thread in an interlaced pattern of ornamental knots, as in macramé
Derived forms of knotknotter, nounknotless, adjectiveknotlike, adjective
Word Origin for knot
Old English cnotta; related to Old High German knoto, Old Norse knūtr
British Dictionary definitions for tie the knot (2 of 2)
/ (nɒt) /
a small northern sandpiper, Calidris canutus, with a short bill and grey plumage
Word Origin for knot
C15: of unknown origin
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Medical definitions for tie the knot
[ nŏt ]
A compact intersection of interlaced material, as of cord, ribbon, or rope.
A protuberant growth or swelling in a tissue, such as a gland.
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Idioms and Phrases with tie the knot (1 of 2)
tie the knot
Get married; also, perform a marriage ceremony. For example, So when are you two going to tie the knot? or They asked their friend, who is a judge, to tie the knot. [Early 1700s]
Idioms and Phrases with tie the knot (2 of 2)
see tie into knots; tie the knot.
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