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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KNOT

"Stand to it, my hearts of gold," said the old bowman as he passed from knot to knot.

Wherever there was a knot of midnight roisterers, they quaffed her health.

She tied a knot with flashing eyes, as if it throttled a foe.

All the time that she was speaking she was working at a knot in the corner of her handkerchief.

There is one question that cuts the knot—that decides where you stand—and where I stand.

You have just seen me untie the knot, dissociate the electrons, or what you will.

You have tied a lover's-knot here which must be cut asunder.

Her thick black hair was twisted into a knot about her head.

She wore a white gown, and her hair was loosely gathered in a knot.

He was irritated to find that he could not unfasten the knot in which he had tied his reins.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cnotta "intertwining of ropes, cords, etc.," from Proto-Germanic *knuttan- (cf. Low German knütte, Old Frisian knotta "knot," Dutch knot, Old High German knoto, German Knoten, perhaps also Old Norse knutr "knot, knob"). Figurative sense of "difficult problem" was in Old English (cf. Gordian knot). Symbolic of the bond of wedlock, early 13c. As an ornament of dress, first attested c.1400. Meaning "thickened part or protuberance on tissue of a plant" is from late 14c. The nautical unit of measure (1630s) is from the practice of attaching knotted string to the log line. The ship's speed can be measured by the number of knots that play out while the sand glass is running.

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