granny knot

noun

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

Examples of granny knot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This story has been updated with photos of both a granny knot and a square knot. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 An earlier version included a photo of a square knot misidentified as a granny knot. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 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, 3 Jan. 2020 His example is the reef (or square) knot compared with the inferior granny knot. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of granny knot was in 1812

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“Granny knot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/granny%20knot. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

granny knot

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

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