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 bond or tie:
the knot of matrimony.
Also called joint, node. Mathematics. in interpolation, one of the points at which the values of a function are assigned.
verb (used with object), knotted, knotting.
to tie in a knot; form a knot in.
to secure or fasten by a knot.
to form protuberances, bosses, or knobs in; make .
verb (used without object), knotted, knotting.
to become tied or tangled in a knot.
to form knots or joints.
tie the knot, Informal. to marry:
They will tie the knot in November.
either of two large sandpipers, Calidris canutus or C. tenuirostris, that breed in the Arctic and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
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 bond: the marriage knot
a difficult problem
a protuberance or lump of plant tissues, such as that occurring on the trunks of certain trees
a sensation of constriction, caused by tension or nervousness: his stomach was tying itself in knots
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
(informal) tie the knot, to get married
verb knots, knotting, knotted
(transitive) to tie or fasten in a knot
to form or cause to form into a knot
(transitive) to ravel or entangle or become ravelled or entangled
(transitive) to make (an article or a design) by tying thread in an interlaced pattern of ornamental knots, as in macramé
a small northern sandpiper, Calidris canutus, with a short bill and grey plumage
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.
[nos-uh s] /ˈnɒs əs/ noun 1. a ruined city on N central Crete; capital of the ancient Minoan civilization. /ˈnɒsəs; ˈknɒs-/ noun 1. a ruined city in N central Crete: remains of the Minoan Bronze Age civilization
/ˈnɒtˌɡrɑːs/ noun 1. Also called allseed. a polygonaceous weedy plant, Polygonum aviculare, whose small green flowers produce numerous seeds 2. any of several related plants
noun 1. an intricately designed flower or herb garden with plants arranged to create an interlacing pattern, sometimes with fanciful topiary and carefully tended paths. noun 1. (esp formerly) a formal garden of intricate design noun a formal garden in an intricate pattern
[not-hohl] /ˈnɒtˌhoʊl/ noun 1. a in a board or plank formed by the falling out of a or a portion of a . /ˈnɒtˌhəʊl/ noun 1. a hole in a piece of wood where a knot has been n. 1726, see knot (n.) + hole (n.).