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knot

noun [C] uk   /nɒt/ us    /nɑːt/

knot noun [C] (FASTENING)

C2 a join made by tying together the ends of a piece or pieces of string, rope, cloth, etc.: to tie a knotFastening and tying

knot noun [C] (MASS)

a tight mass, for example of hair or string: Alice's hair is always full of knots and tangles.Fastening and tying

knot noun [C] (GROUP)

a small group of people standing close together: Knots of anxious people stood waiting in the hall.Groups of people

knot noun [C] (WOOD)

a small hard area on a tree or piece of wood where a branch was joined to the treeParts of plants

knot noun [C] (MEASUREMENT)

specialized sailing, engineering, environment a measure of the speed of ships, aircraft, or movements of water and air. One knot is one nautical mile per hour: a top speed of about 20 knotsSailing and boatingMeasurements of speed
Idioms

knot

verb uk   /nɒt/ us    /nɑːt/ (-tt-)

knot verb (FASTEN)

[T] to tie in or with a knot: He caught the rope and knotted it around a post.Fastening and tying

knot verb (FORM MASS)

[I] to form a tight, hard, rounded mass: His muscles knotted (= swelled) with the strain.Bending, twisting and curving
knotted
adjective uk   /ˈnɒt.ɪd/ us    /ˈnɑː.t̬ɪd/
a knotted ropeFastening and tying
(Definition of knot from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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