Knot - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |nɑːt|  American pronunciation of the word knot
Brit.  |nɒt|  British pronunciation of the word knot


- a tight cluster of people or things
- any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
- a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged
- (of ships and wind) a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour or about 1.15 statute miles per hour
- something twisted and tight and swollen(syn: gnarl)
- soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design (syn: burl, slub)
- a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere (syn: grayback, greyback)


- make into knots; make knots out of
- tie or fasten into a knot
- tangle or complicate (syn: ravel, tangle)


He knotted his tie so that both ends would be the same length.

...the extension cords were hopelessly knotted together...

The prisoner escaped from the prison by knotting the sheets together and climbing down them out of the window.

Are you any good at tying knots?

Thread the string through the hoop and tie it in a knot.

I can't get the knots out of my hair.

There's a knot in my shoelace.

Knots of delegates stood around outside the conference centre.

Her stomach was in knots.

A pretty scarf was loosely knotted around her neck.

Fear and anxiety knotted her stomach.

a small knot of women listened to his sermon

the bird had a knot of feathers forming a crest

the saw buckled when it hit a knot

their muscles stood out in knots

Word forms

I/you/we/they: knot
he/she/it: knots
present participle: knotting
past tense: knotted
past participle: knotted
singular: knot
plural: knots
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