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English noun: knot

1. knot (group) a tight cluster of people or things

SamplesA small knot of women listened to his sermon.
The bird had a knot of feathers forming a crest.

Broader (hypernym)bunch, clump, cluster, clustering

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

Broader (hypernym)fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

Narrower (hyponym)barrel knot, blood knot, bow, bowknot, carrick bend, clove hitch, figure eight, figure of eight, fisherman's bend, fisherman's knot, Gordian knot, half hitch, hawser bend, hitch, loop knot, love knot, lover's knot, lovers' knot, overhand knot, prolonge knot, sailor's breastplate, sheepshank, slipknot, square knot, stopper knot, surgeon's knot, true lover's knot, true lover's knot, true lovers' knot, truelove knot, Turk's head

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

SamplesThe saw buckled when it hit a knot.

Broader (hypernym)wood

Part meronymboard, plank

4. knot (shape) something twisted and tight and swollen

SamplesTheir muscles stood out in knots.
The old man's fists were two great gnarls.
His stomach was in knots.


Broader (hypernym)distorted shape, distortion

5. knot (quantity) a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude

Synonymsair mile, international nautical mile, mi, mile, naut mi, nautical mile

Broader (hypernym)nautical linear unit

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

Synonymsburl, slub

Broader (hypernym)raggedness, roughness

7. knot (animal) a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere

SynonymsCalidris canutus, grayback, greyback

Broader (hypernym)sandpiper

Member meronymCalidris, genus Calidris

English verb: knot

1. knot (creation) make into knots; make knots out of

SamplesShe knotted her fingers.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create from raw material, create from raw stuff

Narrower (hyponym)macrame

2. knot (contact) tie or fasten into a knot

SamplesKnot the shoelaces.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bind, tie

3. knot (contact) tangle or complicate

SamplesA ravelled story.

Synonymsravel, tangle

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine

Antonymsravel, ravel out, unknot, unpick, unravel, unravel, unscramble, untangle

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