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"knot" in British English

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knotnoun [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 knot

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  • 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 knots

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knotverb

uk   /nɒt/  us   /nɑːt/ (-tt-)
(Definition of knot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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knotnoun [C]

 us   /nɑt/
  • knot noun [C] (FASTENING)

a fastening made by tying together a piece or pieces of string, rope, cloth, etc.: Wrap this string around the package and then tie a knot. fig. She’s so nervous, her stomach is in knots (= feels tight and uncomfortable).
  • knot noun [C] (GROUP)

a group of people or things: After the game, disappointed knots of people drifted away.
  • knot noun [C] (WOOD)

a hard, dark area on a tree or piece of wood where a branch was joined to the tree
  • knot noun [C] (MEASUREMENT)

a measure of speed for ships, aircraft, or movements of water and air equal to approximately 6076 feet (1.85 kilometers) an hour
knot
verb [I/T]  us   /nɑt/ (-tt-)
[T] He knotted his tie carefully.
(Definition of knot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"knot" in Business English

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knotnoun [C]

uk   us   /nɒt/
MEASURES a measure of the speed of ships, aircraft, or movements of water and air. One knot is approximately 1.85 kilometres per hour: The flight takes an hour, flying at 140 knots.
tie the knot
if two or more companies tie the knot, they join to become one company: The two airline companies finally agreed to tie the knot after last-minute haggling over ownership.
(Definition of knot from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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