noose

noun
\ ˈnüs , 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And my mother, not even 30 and already in the snares of schizophrenia and addiction and three kids at war with each other, with themselves, Levy pounding on me, depression already like a noose around my neck. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018 Early on May 1 last year, bananas were found hanging from nooses at three places on the AU campus, authorities said. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Investigation at dead end in American University hate crime," 29 Apr. 2018 That person said in a legal declaration that Cuban saw the noose in the closet, took possession of it and disposed of it. Pete Dawson, star-telegram, "Lawsuit against American Airlines Center links Mark Cuban to 'noose' incident | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Mar. 2018 More than a hundred thousand people have also disappeared in the government's detention network, with many believed to have died through neglect or the hangman's noose. Louisa Loveluck, chicagotribune.com, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Among the items: a Nazi swastika pendant, and a hangman’s noose decal, a cross burning baby onesie. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon blasted for offering merchandise promoting white supremacy," 6 July 2018 In addition to traditional hate symbols such as the swastika and Confederate were found, there were also products such as a noose vehicle decal, evoking the lynchings of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Amazon profits by not banning white supremacists and 'peddlers of hate,' report charges," 6 July 2018 The deputy cut Flynn’s noose, and paramedics were called. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Spokane County Jail removing bedsheets, hiring suicide-prevention expert after 3 inmates hang themselves in a year," 1 July 2018 The police found him the next day, in a noose woven from clothesline rope, hanging from a tree in the woods above the college soccer fields, wearing his uniform, having left a suicide note about the coach. Melissa Fay Greene, The Cut, "A mother considers her son’s final thoughts and a type of suicide we don’t fully understand.," 24 June 2018

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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noose

noun

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 \

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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