noose

noun
\ ˈnüs How to pronounce noose (audio) , British also ˈnüz\

Definition of noose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a loop with a slipknot that binds closer the more it is drawn
2 : something that snares like a noose

noose

verb
noosed; noosing

Definition of noose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to secure by a noose
2 : to make a noose in or of

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Examples of noose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As officers enter Smollett's apartment, he's seen wearing a sweater with a white rope tied in a noose around his neck. Amir Vera, CNN, "Chicago police release body cam footage of Jussie Smollett reporting his attack," 24 June 2019 Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Sean Buck said in a statement Friday that the noose was found in a construction zone off-limits to staff in Rickover Hall, the school's engineering building. CBS News, "Naval Academy probing apparent noose found in school building," 10 Sep. 2019 According to Dumpson’s lawsuit, the barrage of hateful messages began in May 2017, amid news reports that a masked man had hung nooses with bananas inscribed with racist messages near the AU student government offices. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Federal judge awards over $700,000 to former American University student targeted in neo-Nazi ‘troll storm’," 10 Aug. 2019 Champaign County Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink noted during an arraignment on Tuesday that Smith had reportedly found rope in an elevator in Allen Hall over the weekend, before fashioning it into a noose. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "University of Illinois Student Charged With Hate Crime After Noose Was Found In Dorm Elevator," 5 Sep. 2019 During an arraignment Tuesday afternoon, Champaign County Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink said Smith found some rope in an elevator in Allen Hall over the weekend and tied it into a noose. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Illinois student charged with hate crime after noose found hanging in dorm elevator," 4 Sep. 2019 During an arraignment Tuesday afternoon, Champaign County Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink said Smith found some rope in an elevator in Allen Hall over the weekend and tied it into a noose. Eliza Fawcett, chicagotribune.com, "U. of I. student charged with hate crime after noose found hanging in Urbana dorm elevator," 4 Sep. 2019 Champaign County Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink said the student from Normal found some rope in an elevator over the weekend and tied it into a noose. Washington Post, "Court orders revisions to legislative districts," 4 Sep. 2019 The 2,000 anti-suicide blankets are made of a heavy material that cannot be tied in a knot or fashioned into a noose, and cannot be ripped apart, Laura Simms of the Sheriff’s Department told the county Board of Control on Tuesday. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County buys anti-suicide blankets, gowns to reduce risk of suicides in county jail," 3 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Detectives found no sign of trauma or a struggle, no blood or bruising that could not be explained by a woman who noosed herself, gagged herself, bound her own hands and feet and jumped off a balcony. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "A woman’s hanging at a mansion was a suicide, police decided. A civil jury says they’re wrong.," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of noose

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for noose

Noun

Middle English nose, of uncertain origin

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of noose was in the 15th century

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noose

noun
How to pronounce noose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of noose

: a large loop at the end of a rope that gets smaller when you pull the rope and that is used to hang people, to capture animals, etc.

noose

noun
\ ˈnüs How to pronounce noose (audio) \

Kids Definition of noose

: a loop that passes through a knot at the end of a line so that it gets smaller when the other end of the line is pulled

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