|1.||[ noun ] a tight cluster of people or things|
"a small knot of women listened to his sermon"
|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"
|6.||[ verb ] tangle or complicate|
"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|
|8.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||distorted_shape gnarl|
|9.||[ noun ] soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design|
|Related terms:||roughness burl|
|10.||[ noun ] (zoology) sandpiper that breeds in the arctic and winters in the S hemisphere|
|Related terms:||sandpiper Calidris|