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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.


Synonymsgnarl


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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