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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Knot


KNOT, noun not. [Latin nodus; probably connected with knit, but perhaps from swelling or gathering.]

1. The complication of threads made by knitting; a tie; union of cords by interweaving; as a knot difficult to be untied.

2. Any figure, the lines of which frequently intersect each other; as a knot in gardening.

In beds and curious knots.

3. A bond of association or union; as the nuptial knot

4. The part of a tree where a branch shoots.

5. The protuberant joint of a plant.

6. A cluster; a collection; a group; as a knot of ladies; a knot of figures in painting.

7. Difficulty; intricacy; something not easily solved.

8. Any intrigue or difficult perplexity of affairs.

9. A bird of the genus Tringa.

10. An epaulet.

11. In seamen's language, a division of the logline, which answers to half a minute, as a mile does to an hour, or it is the hundred and twentieth part of a mile. Hence, when a ship goes eight miles an hour, she is said to go eight knots.

KNOT, verb transitive not. To complicate or tie in a knot or knots; to form a knot

1. To entangle; to perplex.

2. To unite closely.

KNOT, verb intransitive not. To form knots or joints, as in plants.