1 bind, complicate, entangle, knit, loop, secure, tether, tie, weave
2 bond, bow, braid, connection, joint, ligature, loop, rosette, tie
3 aggregation, bunch, clump, cluster, collection, heap, mass, pile, tuft
4 assemblage, band, circle, clique, company, crew (informal) crowd, gang, group, mob, pack, set, squad
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knot ( knots plural & 3rd person present) ( knotting present participle) ( knotted past tense & past participle )
1 n-count If you tie a knot in a piece of string, rope, cloth, or other material, you pass one end or part of it through a loop and pull it tight.
One lace had broken and been tied in a knot.
2 verb If you knot a piece of string, rope, cloth, or other material, you pass one end or part of it through a loop and pull it tight.
He knotted the laces securely together... V n with together
He knotted the bandanna around his neck. V n
...a knotted rope. V-ed
3 n-count If you feel a knot in your stomach, you get an uncomfortable tight feeling in your stomach, usually because you are afraid or excited.
oft N of n
There was a knot of tension in his stomach.
4 verb If your stomach knots or if something knots it, it feels tight because you are afraid or excited.
I felt my stomach knot with apprehension... V
The old dread knotted her stomach. V n
5 verb If part of your face or your muscles knot, they become tense, usually because you are worried or angry.
His forehead knotted in a frown. V
...his knotted muscles. V-ed
6 n-count A knot in a piece of wood is a small hard area where a branch grew.
7 n-count A knot is a unit of speed. The speed of ships, aircraft, and winds is measured in knots.
usu num N
They travel at speeds of up to 30 knots.
8 If you tieyourselfin knots, you get very confused and anxious.
tie yourself in knots phrase V inflects
The press agent tied himself in knots trying to apologise.
9 If you say that two people tie the knot, you mean that they get married.
tie the knot phrase V inflects
Len tied the knot with Kate five years ago.
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