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1knot/ˈnɑːt/noun
pluralknots
1knot
/ˈnɑːt/
noun
pluralknots
Learner's definition of KNOT  
[count]
: a part that forms when you tie a piece of rope, string, fabric, etc., to itself or to something else
— see also granny knotslipknotsquare knot
   b : a part where something has become twisted or wrapped around itself— often used figuratively
— see also gordian knot
: a painful or uncomfortable feeling of tightness in part of your body
: a dark round mark on a piece of wood that shows where a branch grew
: a way of arranging long hair by twisting it into a round shape at the sides or back of the head
: a group of people who are standing or sitting close together
: a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour

at a rate of knots

— see 1rate

tie the knot

informal
: to get married

tie yourself (up) in knots

: to cause problems for yourself because you are being too careful, trying too hard, etc.
: to become very upset or worried
2knot/ˈnɑːt/verb
knotsknottedknotting
2knot
/ˈnɑːt/
verb
knotsknottedknotting
Learner's definition of KNOT  
[+ object] : to tie a section of rope, string, fabric, etc., to itself or to something else so that a knot forms: to make a knot in (something)
also : to connect (two or more parts or things) with a knot
[no object] : to develop a painful or uncomfortable feeling of tightness— often + up
[+ object]US, informal : to make (the score of a game or contest) equal
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