I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cnotta; akin to Old High German knoto knot Date: before 12th century 1. a. an interlacement of the parts of one or more flexible bodies forming a lump or knob (as for fastening or tying together) b. the lump or knob so formed c. a tight constriction or the sense of constriction <
my stomach was all in knots
2. something hard to solve ; problem <
a matter full of legal knots
3. a bond of union; especially the marriage bond 4. a. a protuberant lump or swelling in tissue <
a knot in a gland
b. the base of a woody branch enclosed in the stem from which it arises; also its section in lumber 5. a cluster of persons or things ; group 6. an ornamental bow of ribbon ; cockade 7. a. a division of the log's line serving to measure a ship's speed b. (1) one nautical mile per hour (2) one nautical mile — not used technically 8. a closed curve in three-dimensional space II. verb (knotted; knotting) Date: 1547 transitive verb 1. to tie in or with a knot ; form knots in 2. to unite closely or intricately ; entangle 3. tie 4b <
knotted the score
intransitive verb to form knots • knotter noun III. noun (plural knots or knot) Etymology: Middle English knott Date: 15th century either of two sandpipers (Calidris canutus and C. tenuirostris) that breed in the Arctic and winter in temperate or warm parts of the New and Old World

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  • 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. [1913 Webster] As tight as I could knot the noose. Tennyson …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • knot — knot. См. узел. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

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