from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hole in a board or plank formed by the falling out of the piece of a knot, node, or knur left when the plank was sawed.


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  • A rat in the shelter of a knot-hole making a noise as beast-like as any rat ever made!


  • Nah, he likes the texture; reminds him of the knot-hole in the fence …

    Think Progress » Tea Party Profiteers: How Republican Operatives Are Exploiting Economic Anxiety For Power, Cash 2010

  • But there was no motion about the place on which 1 lay, no gentle rocking as there should have been as we lay at anchor in the Chesapeake; I opened eyelids that seemed to have been glued together, expecting to see the knot-hole in the floor of the bunk above me, as I'd seen it with every awakening for the past many weeks.

    THE NUMBERS 2010

  • It took me a minute to realize that the pink thing on the right-side tree was supposed to be a knot-hole.

    When Wreckerators Take the Fall 2009

  • I think that the man is at a dead set who has got through a knot-hole or gateway where his sledge load of furniture cannot follow him.

    Walden 2004

  • There was a small knot-hole in one of the boards, and Coraline spent an afternoon dropping pebbles and acorns through the hole, and waiting, and counting, until she heard the plop as they hit the water, far below.

    Excerpt: Coraline by Neil Gaiman 2002

  • Quick as they were they were too late, for the mink was already through the knot-hole and racing for his canoe.

    The Orange Fairy Book 2003

  • But at last, catching his native name among them, he listened more intently than ever, down at a knot-hole in the wooden floor.

    Travels in West Africa 2003

  • The knot-hole was too small for the wolves, and there were so many of them in the hut that it was some time before they could get the door open.

    The Orange Fairy Book 2003

  • And off to the right of them, this is, of course, the great rooftops that everybody comes -- and we've heard so much about -- to watch the game, kind of a knot-hole of kids up there on the rooftop watching Cubs baseball, not for free, because now, you've got to pay to get up on top of the rooftops.

    CNN Transcript Aug 30, 2002 2002


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