Definition - knot

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  1. a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere
  2. any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
  3. soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design
  4. 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"
  5. a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
  6. 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"
  7. a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged; "the saw buckled when it hit a knot"
  8. tie or fasten into a knot; "knot the shoelaces"
  9. tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story"
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