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Meaning of KNOT

Pronunciation:  nât

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  sandpiper that breeds in the arctic and winters in the S hemisphere
  2. [n]  any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
  3. [n]  soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design
  4. [n]  a tight cluster of people or things; "a small knot of women listened to his sermon"
  5. [n]  a unit of length used in navigation; equivalent to the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude; 1,852 meters
  6. [n]  something twisted and tight and swollen; "their muscles stood out in knots"; "the old man's fists were two great gnarls"; "his stomach was in knots"
  7. [n]  a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged; "the saw buckled when it hit a knot"
  8. [v]  tie or fasten into a knot
  9. [v]  tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story"
  10. [v]  make into knots; make knots out of

KNOT is a 4 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: air mile, burl, Calidris canutus, gnarl, grayback, international nautical mile, mi, mile, naut mi, nautical mile, ravel, slub, tangle
 Antonyms: unknot, unpick, unravel, unscramble, untangle
 See Also: barrel knot, bind, blood knot, board, bow, bowknot, bunch, Calidris, carrick bend, clove hitch, clump, cluster, clustering, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, distorted shape, distortion, enlace, entwine, fastener, fastening, figure eight, figure of eight, fisherman's bend, fisherman's knot, fixing, genus Calidris, Gordian knot, half hitch, hawser bend, hitch, holdfast, interlace, intertwine, lace, loop knot, love knot, lover's knot, macrame, nautical linear unit, overhand knot, plank, prolonge knot, roughness, sailor's breastplate, sandpiper, sheepshank, slipknot, square knot, stopper knot, surgeon's knot, tie, true lover's knot, truelove knot, Turk's head, twine, Windsor knot, wood



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Knot\, n. [OE. knot, knotte, AS. cnotta; akin to D. knot,
    OHG. chnodo, chnoto, G. knoten, Icel. kn?tr, Sw. knut, Dan.
    knude, and perh. to L. nodus. Cf. {Knout}, {Knit}.]
       (a) A fastening together of the pars or ends of one or
           more threads, cords, ropes, etc., by any one of
           various ways of tying or entangling.
       (b) A lump or loop formed in a thread, cord, rope. etc.,
           as at the end, by tying or interweaving it upon
       (c) An ornamental tie, as of a ribbon.
    Note: The names of knots vary according to the manner of
          their making, or the use for which they are intended;
          as, dowknot, reef knot, stopper knot, diamond knot,
    2. A bond of union; a connection; a tie. ``With nuptial
       knot.'' --Shak.
             Ere we knit the knot that can never be loosed. --Bp.
    3. Something not easily solved; an intricacy; a difficulty; a
       perplexity; a problem.
             Knots worthy of solution.             --Cowper.
             A man shall be perplexed with knots, and problems of
             business, and contrary affairs.       --South.
    4. A figure the lines of which are interlaced or intricately
       interwoven, as in embroidery, gardening, etc. ``Garden
       knots.'' --Bacon.
             Flowers worthy of paradise, which, not nice art In
             beds and curious knots, but nature boon Poured forth
             profuse on hill, and dale, and plain. --Milton.
    5. A cluster of persons or things; a collection; a group; a
       hand; a clique; as, a knot of politicians. ``Knots of
       talk.'' --Tennyson.
             His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries. --Shak.
             Palms in cluster, knots of Paradise.  --Tennyson.
             As they sat together in small, separate knots, they
             discussed doctrinal and metaphysical points of
             belief.                               --Sir W.
    6. A portion of a branch of a tree that forms a mass of woody
       fiber running at an angle with the grain of the main stock
       and making a hard place in the timber. A loose knot is
       generally the remains of a dead branch of a tree covered
       by later woody growth.
    7. A knob, lump, swelling, or protuberance.
             With lips serenely placid, felt the knot Climb in
             her throat.                           --Tennyson.
    8. A protuberant joint in a plant.
    9. The point on which the action of a story depends; the gist
       of a matter. [Obs.]
             I shoulde to the knotte condescend, And maken of her
             walking soon an end.                  --Chaucer.
    10. (Mech.) See {Node}.
    11. (Naut.)
        (a) A division of the log line, serving to measure the
            rate of the vessel's motion. Each knot on the line
            bears the same proportion to a mile that thirty
            seconds do to an hour. The number of knots which run
            off from the reel in half a minute, therefore, shows
            the number of miles the vessel sails in an hour.
        (b) A nautical mile, or 6080.27 feet; as, when a ship
            goes eight miles an hour, her speed is said to be
            eight knots.
    12. A kind of epaulet. See {Shoulder knot}.
    13. (Zo["o]l.) A sandpiper ({Tringa canutus}), found in the
        northern parts of all the continents, in summer. It is
        grayish or ashy above, with the rump and upper tail
        coverts white, barred with dusky. The lower parts are
        pale brown, with the flanks and under tail coverts white.
        When fat it is prized by epicures. Called also {dunne}.
    Note: The name is said to be derived from King Canute, this
          bird being a favorite article of food with him.
                The knot that called was Canutus' bird of old, Of
                that great king of Danes his name that still doth
                hold, His appetite to please that far and near
                was sought.                        --Drayton.
  2. \Knot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Knotted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To tie in or with, or form into, a knot or knots; to form
       a knot on, as a rope; to entangle. ``Knotted curls.''
             As tight as I could knot the noose.   --Tennyson.
    2. To unite closely; to knit together. --Bacon.
    3. To entangle or perplex; to puzzle. [Obs. or R.]
  3. \Knot\, v. i.
    1. To form knots or joints, as in a cord, a plant, etc.; to
       become entangled.
             Cut hay when it begins to knot.       --Mortimer.
    2. To knit knots for fringe or trimming.
    3. To copulate; -- said of toads. [R.] --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing knots in your dream means much worry over trifling affairs. You may be trying to find a resolution to a situation. It also indicates constraints and restrictions in your thoughts, feelings and actions. Dreaming that you are tying a knot, symbolizes your independent and unyielding nature. You have everything under control. It may also mean a union of two people or a commitment to a relationship as indicated by the coming phrase "tying the knot".
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