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6 definitions found
 for Knot
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Node \Node\ (n[=o]d), n. [L. nodus; perh. akin to E. knot. Cf.
     Noose, Nowed.]
     1. A knot, a knob; a protuberance; a swelling.
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     2. Specifically:
        (a) (Astron.) One of the two points where the orbit of a
            planet, or comet, intersects the ecliptic, or the
            orbit of a satellite intersects the plane of the orbit
            of its primary.
        (b) (Bot.) The joint of a stem, or the part where a leaf
            or several leaves are inserted.
        (c) (Dialing) A hole in the gnomon of a dial, through
            which passes the ray of light which marks the hour of
            the day, the parallels of the sun's declination, his
            place in the ecliptic, etc.
        (d) (Geom.) The point at which a curve crosses itself,
            being a double point of the curve. See Crunode, and
            Acnode.
        (e) (Mech.) The point at which the lines of a funicular
            machine meet from different angular directions; --
            called also knot. --W. R. Johnson.
        (f) (Poet.) The knot, intrigue, or plot of a piece.
        (g) (Med.) A hard concretion or incrustation which forms
            upon bones attacked with rheumatism, gout, or
            syphilis; sometimes also, a swelling in the
            neighborhood of a joint. --Dunglison.
        (h) (Mus) One of the fixed points of a sonorous string,
            when it vibrates by aliquot parts, and produces the
            harmonic tones; nodal line or point.
        (i) (Zool.) A swelling.
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     3. (Math., Computers) A special point in a graph or diagram
        which is attached to other points by links. It is often
        labeled and represented graphically as a box or circle. A
        node may represent any object which is related to other
        objects in a conceptual structure that can be represented
        as a graph, the relations being represented as links
        between the nodes.
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     4. (Anat.) A small mass of tissue differing from other tissue
        in its immediate vicinity; as, a lymph node.
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     Ascending node (Astron.), the node at which the body is
        passing northerly, marked with the symbol [astascending],
        called the Dragon's head. Called also northern node.
  
     Descending node, the node at which the body is moving
        southwardly, marked thus [astdescending], called Dragon's
        tail.
  
     Line of nodes, a straight line joining the two nodes of an
        orbit.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knot \Knot\ (n[o^]t), n. [OE. knot, knotte, AS. cnotta; akin to
     D. knot, OHG. chnodo, chnoto, G. knoten, Icel. kn[=u]tr, Sw.
     knut, Dan. knude, and perh. to L. nodus. Cf. Knout,
     Knit.]
     1.
        (a) A fastening together of the parts or ends of one or
            more threads, cords, ropes, etc., by any one of
            various ways of tying or entangling.
        (b) A lump or loop formed in a thread, cord, rope. etc.,
            as at the end, by tying or interweaving it upon
            itself.
        (c) An ornamental tie, as of a ribbon.
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     Note: The names of knots vary according to the manner of
           their making, or the use for which they are intended;
           as, dowknot, reef knot, stopper knot, diamond knot,
           etc.
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     2. A bond of union; a connection; a tie. "With nuptial knot."
        --Shak.
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              Ere we knit the knot that can never be loosed. --Bp.
                                                    Hall.
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     3. Something not easily solved; an intricacy; a difficulty; a
        perplexity; a problem.
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              Knots worthy of solution.             --Cowper.
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              A man shall be perplexed with knots, and problems of
              business, and contrary affairs.       --South.
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     4. A figure the lines of which are interlaced or intricately
        interwoven, as in embroidery, gardening, etc. "Garden
        knots." --Bacon.
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              Flowers worthy of paradise, which, not nice art
              In beds and curious knots, but nature boon
              Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain.
                                                    --Milton.
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     5. A cluster of persons or things; a collection; a group; a
        hand; a clique; as, a knot of politicians. "Knots of
        talk." --Tennyson.
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              His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries. --Shak.
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              Palms in cluster, knots of Paradise.  --Tennyson.
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              As they sat together in small, separate knots, they
              discussed doctrinal and metaphysical points of
              belief.                               --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     6. A portion of a branch of a tree that forms a mass of woody
        fiber running at an angle with the grain of the main stock
        and making a hard place in the timber. A loose knot is
        generally the remains of a dead branch of a tree covered
        by later woody growth.
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     7. A knob, lump, swelling, or protuberance.
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              With lips serenely placid, felt the knot
              Climb in her throat.                  --Tennyson.
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     8. A protuberant joint in a plant.
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     9. The point on which the action of a story depends; the gist
        of a matter. [Obs.]
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              I shoulde to the knotte condescend,
              And maken of her walking soon an end. --Chaucer.
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     10. (Mech.) See Node.
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     11. (Naut.)
         (a) A division of the log line, serving to measure the
             rate of the vessel's motion. Each knot on the line
             bears the same proportion to a mile that thirty
             seconds do to an hour. The number of knots which run
             off from the reel in half a minute, therefore, shows
             the number of miles the vessel sails in an hour.
             Hence:
         (b) A nautical mile, or 6080.27 feet; as, when a ship
             goes nautical eight miles an hour, her speed is said
             to be eight knots.
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     12. A kind of epaulet. See Shoulder knot.
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     13. (Zool.) A sandpiper ({Tringa canutus), found in the
         northern parts of all the continents, in summer. It is
         grayish or ashy above, with the rump and upper tail
         coverts white, barred with dusky. The lower parts are
         pale brown, with the flanks and under tail coverts white.
         When fat it is prized by epicures. Called also dunne.
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     Note: The name is said to be derived from King Canute, this
           bird being a favorite article of food with him.
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                 The knot that called was Canutus' bird of old,
                 Of that great king of Danes his name that still
                 doth hold,
                 His appetite to please that far and near was
                 sought.                            --Drayton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knot \Knot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knotted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Knotting.]
     1. To tie in or with, or form into, a knot or knots; to form
        a knot on, as a rope; to entangle. "Knotted curls."
        --Drayton.
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              As tight as I could knot the noose.   --Tennyson.
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     2. To unite closely; to knit together. --Bacon.
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     3. To entangle or perplex; to puzzle. [Obs. or R.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knot \Knot\, v. i.
     1. To form knots or joints, as in a cord, a plant, etc.; to
        become entangled.
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              Cut hay when it begins to knot.       --Mortimer.
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     2. To knit knots for fringe or trimming.
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     3. To copulate; -- said of toads. [R.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  knot
      n 1: a tight cluster of people or things; "a small knot of women
           listened to his sermon"; "the bird had a knot of feathers
           forming a crest"
      2: any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope
         (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
      3: a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a
         branch emerged; "the saw buckled when it hit a knot"
      4: something twisted and tight and swollen; "their muscles stood
         out in knots"; "the old man's fists were two great gnarls";
         "his stomach was in knots" [syn: knot, gnarl]
      5: a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters;
         historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of
         arc in latitude [syn: nautical mile, mile, mi, naut
         mi, knot, international nautical mile, air mile]
      6: soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or
         created by design [syn: slub, knot, burl]
      7: a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the
         southern hemisphere [syn: knot, greyback, grayback,
         Calidris canutus]
      v 1: make into knots; make knots out of; "She knotted her
           fingers"
      2: tie or fasten into a knot; "knot the shoelaces"
      3: tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story" [syn: ravel,
         tangle, knot] [ant: ravel, ravel out, unknot,
         unpick, unravel, unscramble, untangle]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  460 Moby Thesaurus words for "knot":
     Blackwall hitch, Chinese puzzle, Flemish knot, French shroud knot,
     German knot, Gordian knot, Matthew Walker knot,
     Rube Goldberg contraption, Windsor knot, accouple, accumulate,
     adhesive, affix, affixation, agglutinate, aggregation, air speed,
     amass, amount to, anamorphism, anamorphosis, anchor knot,
     annexation, articulate, assemblage, assemble, associate, asymmetry,
     attach, attachment, baffling problem, balance, ball, ball up,
     balloon, band, batch, becket knot, bend, bilge, bind, binding,
     bladder, blain, bleb, blister, blob, block, body, boll, bolus,
     bond, boss, bow, bowknot, bowline, bracket, braid, brain twister,
     break even, bridge, bridge over, bubble, buckle, bulb, bulbil,
     bulblet, bulge, bulla, bump, bun, bunch, burl, button, cahot, cake,
     can of worms, celerity, cement, chain, chignon, chine, clabber,
     clap together, clasping, clinch, clot, clump, cluster, coagulate,
     cocker, cockle, coil, collect, collection, combine, come to,
     come up to, company, complex, complicate, comprise, concatenate,
     concrete, concretion, condyle, confound, confuse, congeal,
     conglobulate, conglomerate, conglomeration, congregation, conjoin,
     conjugate, connect, contort, contortion, convex, copse, copulate,
     correspond, corrugate, couple, cover, crease, crimp, crimple,
     crinkle, crook, crookedness, crop, crossword puzzle, crowd,
     crumple, crux, cue, curd, curdle, detorsion, deviation,
     diamond knot, dilemma, dispatch, disproportion, distort,
     distortion, ditto, double hitch, dowel, draw, ear, ellipsoid,
     embrace, embrangle, encompass, enigma, enigmatic question,
     entangle, even, even off, expedition, fasten, fastener, fastening,
     fastness, fix, flange, flap, flat knot, flight, flit, floorer,
     flurry, foul up, furrow, gall, gang, gather, gathering, gel,
     gelatinate, gelatinize, geoid, girding, globe, globelet, globoid,
     globule, glomerulus, glue, gnarl, gob, gobbet, granny knot,
     ground speed, group, grouping, groupment, grove, half crown,
     half hitch, handle, hassock, haste, hawser bend, hawser fastening,
     heaving-line bend, hill, hooking, hump, hunch, hurry, imbalance,
     implicate, include, incrassate, inside clinch, inspissate,
     instantaneousness, involve, irregularity, jell, jellify, jelly,
     jigsaw puzzle, jog, joggle, join, jungle, keep pace with, knit,
     knob, knots, knotty point, knur, knurl, labyrinth, lanyard knot,
     lash, lashing, lay together, league, ligament, ligation, ligature,
     lightning speed, link, lip, loop, lopper, lopsidedness, lot,
     louse up, lump, lump together, manrope knot, marling hitch, marry,
     marshal, mass, match, match up with, maze, meander, measure up to,
     merge, mesh, mesh knot, mess, mess up, miles per hour,
     mind-boggler, mix up, mobilize, mole, morass, mountain, muck up,
     muddle, mystery, netting knot, nevus, nexus, node, nodus, nonplus,
     nub, nubbin, nubble, nut to crack, oblate spheroid, open hand knot,
     orb, orbit, orblet, outside clinch, oxymoron, pair, papilloma,
     paradox, parallel, peg, pellet, perplex, perplexed question,
     perplexity, piece together, pigtail, plait, pons asinorum, poser,
     precipitation, problem, prolate spheroid, prolonge knot,
     promptitude, promptness, pucker, purse, put together, puzzle,
     puzzlement, puzzler, quandary, question, question mark, queue,
     quickness, quirk, ramify, rapidity, rattail, ravel, reach,
     reef knot, reeving-line bend, rib, ridge, rimple, ring, ripple,
     rival, roll into one, rolling hitches, rondure, rope-yarn knot,
     round pace, round seizing, rpm, ruck, ruckle, rumple, run abreast,
     run to, running knot, rush, screw, screw up, secure, set,
     sheepshank, shirr, shock, shock wave, shoulder, shroud knot,
     single knot, sixty-four dollar question, skein, slew, slide knot,
     slipknot, snafu, snake pit, snappiness, snarl, snarl up, solder,
     solid, solid body, sonic barrier, sonic boom, sound barrier, span,
     speed, speed of sound, speediness, sphere, spheroid, spherule,
     spine, splice, spring, square knot, stack up with, stick together,
     sticker, sticking, stook, stud, stumper, style, swift rate,
     swiftness, tab, tail, take in, tangle, tangled skein, tape, teaser,
     tether, thick, thicken, thicket, throng, tie, tieing, timber knot,
     topknot, torsion, tortuosity, touch, tough proposition, tubercle,
     tubercule, tuft, turn, turn awry, tussock, twist, unify, unite,
     unsymmetry, velocity, verruca, vesicle, vexed question, vinculum,
     wale, wall knot, warp, wart, web, webwork, weld, welt,
     wheels within wheels, why, wilderness, wimple, wisp, wrench, wrest,
     wring, wrinkle, writhe, yoke, zipping
  
  

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