from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ornamental arrangement of cords knotted together, as in some kinds of fringe, in the cordons of a cardinal's hat, or represented in carving, painting, etc.
  • noun A kind of fancy-work made of thread, yarn, etc., by tying knots. It is usually finished with a crocheted edge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A design or pattern of interlocking or overlapping geometric shapes resembling a knot
  • noun Work involving the tying of knots.
  • noun An object composed of or using knots.


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