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.