(noun, verb)


1. 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

Definition categories: group, bunch, clump, cluster, clustering

2. any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object

Definition categories: man–made, fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

3. a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged

- the saw buckled when it hit a knot

Definition categories: substance, wood

4. (of ships and wind) a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour or about 1.15 statute miles per hour

Definition categories: time, rate

5. something twisted and tight and swollen

- their muscles stood out in knots

- his stomach was in knots

Similar word(s): gnarl

Definition categories: shape, distortion

6. soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design

Similar word(s): burl, slub

Definition categories: attribute, raggedness, roughness

7. a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere

Similar word(s): grayback, greyback

Definition categories: animal, sandpiper

Sentences with knot as a noun:

- Climbers must make sure that all knots are both secure and of types that will not weaken the rope.

- The nurse was brushing knots from the protesting child's hair.

- A knot can be defined as a non-self-intersecting broken line whose endpoints coincide: when such a knot is constrained to lie in a plane, then it is simply a polygon.

- I got into a knot when I inadvertently insulted a policeman.

- When preparing to tell stories at a campfire, I like to set aside a pile of pine logs with lots of knots, since they burn brighter and make dramatic pops and cracks.

- Jeremy had a knot on his head where he had bumped it on the bedframe.

- the knot of the tale

- Cedric claimed his old yacht could make 12 knots.


1. make into knots; make knots out of

- She knotted her fingers

Definition categories: creation

2. tie or fasten into a knot

- knot the shoelaces

Definition categories: contact, bind, tie

3. tangle or complicate

Similar word(s): ravel, tangle

Definition categories: contact, enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine

Sentences with knot as a verb:

- We knotted the ends of the rope to keep it from unravelling.

- She knotted her brow in concentration while attempting to unravel the tangled strands.