1. [ noun ] a tight cluster of people or things

"a small knot of women listened to his sermon"

Related terms: bunch
2. [ noun ] any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
Related terms: fastener bow fisherman's_knot half_hitch clove_hitch hitch prolonge_knot Gordian_knot stopper_knot hawser_bend loop_knot figure_eight love_knot overhand_knot fisherman's_bend sheepshank slipknot square_knot carrick_bend surgeon's_knot Turk's_head Windsor_knot barrel_knot
3. [ noun ] a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged

"the saw buckled when it hit a knot"

Related terms: wood board
4. [ verb ] make into knots; make knots out of

"She knotted her fingers"

Related terms: create_from_raw_material macrame
5. [ verb ] tie or fasten into a knot

"knot the shoelaces"

Related terms: tie
6. [ verb ] tangle or complicate
Synonyms: tangle ravel

"a ravelled story"

Related terms: unravel unravel intertwine run
7. [ noun ] a unit of length used in navigation; equivalent to the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude; 1,852 meters
Synonyms: mile naut_mi mi international_nautical_mile air_mile nautical_mile
Related terms: nautical_linear_unit
8. [ noun ] something twisted and tight and swollen
Synonyms: gnarl

"their muscles stood out in knots" "the old man's fists were two great gnarls" "his stomach was in knots"

Related terms: distorted_shape gnarl
9. [ noun ] soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design
Synonyms: burl slub
Related terms: roughness burl
10. [ noun ] (zoology) sandpiper that breeds in the arctic and winters in the S hemisphere
Synonyms: Calidris_canutus grayback
Related terms: sandpiper Calidris
Similar spelling:   Knott