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Noun: knot  nót
  1. Any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
  2. A tight cluster of people or things
    "a small knot of women listened to his sermon"; "the bird had a knot of feathers forming a crest"
  3. A hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged
    "the saw buckled when it hit a knot"
  4. Something twisted and tight and swollen
    "their muscles stood out in knots"; "his stomach was in knots";
    - gnarl
  5. Soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design
    - slub, burl
  6. A sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere
    - greyback [Brit, Cdn], grayback [US], Calidris canutus
  7. A unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour
  8. A unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
    - nautical mile, mile, mi, naut mi, international nautical mile, air mile
Verb: knot (knotted,knotting)  nót
  1. Make into knots; make knots out of
    "She knotted her fingers"
  2. Tie or fasten into a knot
    "knot the shoelaces"
  3. Make more complicated or confused
    - ravel, tangle

Sounds like: knocking, nockknot

Derived forms: knots, knotted, knotting

Type of: bind, bunch, clump, cluster, clustering, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, distorted shape, distortion, enlace, entwine, fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast, interlace, intertwine, lace, nautical linear unit, raggedness, roughness, sandpiper, tie, twine, wood

Antonym: unknot

Part of: board, Calidris, genus Calidris, plank

Encyclopedia: Knot, Nancowry