Noun > Knot

Noun > Knot


1 a : a part that forms when you tie a piece of rope, string, fabric, etc., to itself or to something else

She tied the rope in a knot.

He made/tied a knot in the rope.

untie a knot

loosen/tighten a knot

1 b : a part where something has become twisted or wrapped around itself

The electrical cord was tangled in knots.

She tried to untangle the knots (=tangles) in the child’s hair.

— often used figuratively

The project has been tied up in political and legal knots for years. (=nothing has happened with the project for years because of political and legal problems)

2 : a painful or uncomfortable feeling of tightness in part of your body

a knot in a muscle

massaging the knots out of my back

I was so nervous that my stomach was in knots. (=I had an unpleasant and tight feeling in my stomach)

3 : a dark round mark on a piece of wood that shows where a branch grew

a board full of knots

4 : a way of arranging long hair by twisting it into a round shape at the sides or back of the head

She pulled her hair into a knot (=bun) at the back of her neck.

5 : a group of people who are standing or sitting close together

A knot (=cluster) of people blocked the door.

6 : a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour

Wind is from the north at 12 knots.

sailing at six knots