"knots" in the noun sense
a tight cluster of people or things
"a small knot of women listened to his sermon"
"the bird had a knot of feathers forming a crest"
any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged
"the saw buckled when it hit a knot"
of ships and wind) a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour or about 1.15 statute miles per hour
5. knot, gnarl
something twisted and tight and swollen
"their muscles stood out in knots"
"the old man's fists were two great gnarls"
"his stomach was in knots"
6. slub, knot, burl
soft lump or unevenness in a yarn either an imperfection or created by design
7. knot, greyback, grayback, Calidris canutus
a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere
"knots" in the verb sense
make into knots make knots out of
"She knotted her fingers"
tie or fasten into a knot
"knot the shoelaces"
3. ravel, tangle, knot
tangle or complicate
"a ravelled story"
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