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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Knot  \Knot\,  n.  [OE.  knot,  knotte,  AS  cnotta;  akin  to  D.  knot, 
  OHG.  chnodo  chnoto  G.  knoten,  Icel.  kn?tr,  Sw  knut,  Dan. 
  knude,  and  perh.  to  L.  nodus.  Cf  {Knout},  {Knit}.] 
  a  A  fastening  together  of  the  pars  or  ends  of  one  or 
  more  threads,  cords,  ropes,  etc.,  by  any  one  of 
  various  ways  of  tying  or  entangling. 
  b  A  lump  or  loop  formed  in  a  thread,  cord,  rope.  etc., 
  as  at  the  end  by  tying  or  interweaving  it  upon 
  c  An  ornamental  tie,  as  of  a  ribbon. 
  Note:  The  names  of  knots  vary  according  to  the  manner  of 
  their  making,  or  the  use  for  which  they  are  intended; 
  as  dowknot,  reef  knot,  stopper  knot,  diamond  knot, 
  2.  A  bond  of  union;  a  connection;  a  tie.  ``With  nuptial 
  knot.''  --Shak. 
  Ere  we  knit  the  knot  that  can  never  be  loosed.  --Bp. 
  3.  Something  not  easily  solved;  an  intricacy;  a  difficulty;  a 
  perplexity;  a  problem. 
  Knots  worthy  of  solution.  --Cowper. 
  A  man  shall  be  perplexed  with  knots,  and  problems  of 
  business,  and  contrary  affairs.  --South. 
  4.  A  figure  the  lines  of  which  are  interlaced  or  intricately 
  interwoven,  as  in  embroidery,  gardening,  etc  ``Garden 
  knots.''  --Bacon. 
  Flowers  worthy  of  paradise,  which  not  nice  art  In 
  beds  and  curious  knots,  but  nature  boon  Poured  forth 
  profuse  on  hill,  and  dale,  and  plain.  --Milton. 
  5.  A  cluster  of  persons  or  things  a  collection;  a  group  a 
  hand;  a  clique;  as  a  knot  of  politicians.  ``Knots  of 
  talk.''  --Tennyson. 
  His  ancient  knot  of  dangerous  adversaries.  --Shak. 
  Palms  in  cluster,  knots  of  Paradise.  --Tennyson. 
  As  they  sat  together  in  small  separate  knots,  they 
  discussed  doctrinal  and  metaphysical  points  of 
  belief.  --Sir  W. 
  6.  A  portion  of  a  branch  of  a  tree  that  forms  a  mass  of  woody 
  fiber  running  at  an  angle  with  the  grain  of  the  main  stock 
  and  making  a  hard  place  in  the  timber.  A  loose  knot  is 
  generally  the  remains  of  a  dead  branch  of  a  tree  covered 
  by  later  woody  growth. 
  7.  A  knob,  lump,  swelling,  or  protuberance. 
  With  lips  serenely  placid,  felt  the  knot  Climb  in 
  her  throat.  --Tennyson. 
  8.  A  protuberant  joint  in  a  plant. 
  9.  The  point  on  which  the  action  of  a  story  depends;  the  gist 
  of  a  matter.  [Obs.] 
  I  shoulde  to  the  knotte  condescend,  And  maken  of  her 
  walking  soon  an  end  --Chaucer. 
  10.  (Mech.)  See  {Node}. 
  11.  (Naut.) 
  a  A  division  of  the  log  line  serving  to  measure  the 
  rate  of  the  vessel's  motion.  Each  knot  on  the  line 
  bears  the  same  proportion  to  a  mile  that  thirty 
  seconds  do  to  an  hour.  The  number  of  knots  which  run 
  off  from  the  reel  in  half  a  minute,  therefore,  shows 
  the  number  of  miles  the  vessel  sails  in  an  hour. 
  b  A  nautical  mile,  or  6080.27  feet;  as  when  a  ship 
  goes  eight  miles  an  hour,  her  speed  is  said  to  be 
  eight  knots. 
  12.  A  kind  of  epaulet.  See  {Shoulder  knot}. 
  13.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  sandpiper  ({Tringa  canutus}),  found  in  the 
  northern  parts  of  all  the  continents,  in  summer.  It  is 
  grayish  or  ashy  above,  with  the  rump  and  upper  tail 
  coverts  white,  barred  with  dusky.  The  lower  parts  are 
  pale  brown,  with  the  flanks  and  under  tail  coverts  white. 
  When  fat  it  is  prized  by  epicures.  Called  also  {dunne}. 
  Note:  The  name  is  said  to  be  derived  from  King  Canute,  this 
  bird  being  a  favorite  article  of  food  with  him 
  The  knot  that  called  was  Canutus'  bird  of  old  Of 
  that  great  king  of  Danes  his  name  that  still  doth 
  hold  His  appetite  to  please  that  far  and  near 
  was  sought.  --Drayton.