granny knot


Definition of granny knot

: an insecure knot often made instead of a square knot — see knot illustration

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Recent Examples on the Web Starting with the simple reef and granny knots, the team studied where high pressure was occurring and used that information to generalize. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Pressure-Sensitive Fibers Untangle the Math Behind Knots," 3 Jan. 2020 His example is the reef (or square) knot compared with the inferior granny knot. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Pressure-Sensitive Fibers Untangle the Math Behind Knots," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of granny knot

1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Granny knot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of granny knot

: a type of knot that looks similar to a square knot but is much less strong

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