- (transitive) (nautical) To punish by dragging under the keel of a ship.
- (transitive) To rebuke harshly.
- A looping of a piece of string or of any other long, flexible material that cannot be untangled without passing one or both ends of the material through its loops.
verb (knot, t, ing)
- When climbing, it is important to make sure that your knots are both secure and of types that will not weaken the rope.
- (of hair, etc) A tangled clump.
- The young mother was brushing knots from her protesting child's hair.
- A maze-like pattern.
- (mathematics) A closed curve that is an abstraction of a knot (in sense 1 above).
- A difficult situation.
- I got into a when I inadvertently insulted the policeman.
- A unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour.
- Cedric claimed his beat-up old yacht could make 20 knots, if he would just make a few repairs, but we figured he was pulling our leg.
- Either of two species of small wading birds, the red knot (Calidris canutus) and the great knot (Calidris tenuirostris).
- The whorl left in lumber by the base of a branch growing out of the tree's trunk.
- When preparing to tell stories at a campfire, I like to set aside a pile of pine logs with lots of knots, since they burn brighter and make dramatic pops and cracks.
- Local swelling in a tissue area, especially skin, often due to injury.
- Jeremy had a on his head where he had bumped it on the bedframe.
- (nautical) One nautical mile per hour.
- To form into a knot.
- She knotted the ends of the rope to keep it from unravelling.
- To form wrinkles in the forehead, as a sign of concentration, concern, surprise, etc.
- She knotted her brow in concentration as she attempted to unravel the tangled strands.