granny knot


Definition of granny knot

: 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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First Known Use of granny knot

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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