What is knot?

  • (noun): Something twisted and tight and swollen.
    Synonyms: gnarl
    See also — Additional definitions below


A knot is a method of fastening or securing linear material such as rope by tying or interweaving. It may consist of a length of one or several segments of rope, string, webbing, twine, strap, or even chain interwoven such that the line can bind to itself or to some other object—the "load". Knots have been the subject of interest for their ancient origins, their common uses, and the area of mathematics known as knot theory.

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Some articles on knot:

Suspend The Rules - Gordian Knot
... of the motion to suspend the rules is called the "Gordian knot" motion ... The use of the "Gordian Knot" motion is illustrated in The Standard Code with this example "Madam President, in view of the confusion about the parliamentary situation, I believe it would ... The "Gordian Knot" version of suspend the rules was introduced by Floyd Riddick, Parliamentarian Emeritus of the United States Senate, at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the American ...
Ménage Problem - Knot Theory
... the ménage problem came from trying to find a complete listing of mathematical knots with a given number of crossings ... In Dowker notation for knot diagrams, an early form of which was used by Tait, the 2n points where a knot with n knots crosses itself, in consecutive ... the set of pairs of labels at each crossing, used in Dowker notation to represent the knot, can be interpreted as a perfect matching in a graph that has a vertex for every number in the range from 1 to 2n ...
Snell Knot
... The snell knot is a hitch knot used to attach an eyed fishing hook to fishing line ... Hooks tied with a snell knot provide an even, straight-line pull to the fish ... It is a very secure knot, but because it is only easily tied using the near end as the working end, it is only used to attach a hook to a leader, rather ...
Crossing Number (knot Theory)
... In the mathematical area of knot theory, the crossing number of a knot is the minimal number of crossings of any diagram of the knot ... It is a knot invariant ... the unknot has crossing number zero, the trefoil knot three and the figure-eight knot four ...
Knot Theory
... Knot theory is a branch of topology ... It deals with the mathematical analysis of knots, their structure and properties, and with the relationships between different knots ... In topology, a knot is a figure consisting of a single loop, abstracted from any physical rope or line, with any number of crossing or "knotted" elements ...

More definitions of "knot":

  • (verb): Make into knots; make knots out of.
    Example: "She knotted der fingers"
  • (noun): Soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design.
    Synonyms: slub, burl
  • (noun): A tight cluster of people or things.
    Example: "A small knot of women listened to his sermon"
  • (noun): Any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object.
  • (noun): A sandpiper that breeds in the arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere.
    Synonyms: grayback, Calidris canutus
  • (noun): A hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged.
    Example: "The saw buckled when it hit a knot"
  • (verb): Tie or fasten into a knot.
    Example: "Knot the shoelaces"

Famous quotes containing the word knot:

    I love him who does not want to have too many virtues. One virtue is more virtue than two, since it is more knot on which to hang the rope that is destined to hang him.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    Brutus. How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport,
    That now on Pompey’s basis lies along,
    No worthier than the dust!
    Cassius. So oft as that shall be,
    So often shall the knot of us be called
    The men that gave their country liberty.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    O time, thou must untangle this, not I.
    It is too hard a knot for me t’untie.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)