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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 knot
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knot noun [C] (MASS)

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

knot noun [C] (GROUP)

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

knot noun [C] (WOOD)

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

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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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.

knot verb (FORM MASS)

[I] to form a tight, hard, rounded mass: His muscles knotted (= swelled) with the strain.
knotted
adjective uk   /ˈnɒt.ɪd/  us   /ˈnɑː.t̬ɪd/
a knotted rope
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