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noun [countable]     knot pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    a point where string, rope, or cloth is tied together, or is twisted together and pulled tight

    Can you tie a knot in the end of this thread?

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    1. a.
      a lump in fibre, string, or hair where it has become twisted together

      I’ve got my shoelaces in a knot.

      Let’s get those knots out of your hair.

    2. b.
      a particular way of twisting or tying rope or string together
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  2. 2
    literary an unpleasant tight feeling, especially in your stomach, that you get when you are afraid, excited, or worried

    a little knot of fear

  3. 3
    a round hard place in a piece of wood where a branch grew
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  4. 4
    mainly literary a small group of people or things
  5. 5
    a woman’s hairstyle with the hair tied into a round shape
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