slip·​knot ˈslip-ˌnät How to pronounce slipknot (audio)
: a knot that slips along the rope or line around which it is made
especially : one made by tying an overhand knot around the standing part of a rope see knot illustration

Examples of slipknot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thread the tail of the slipknot (from Step 4) through the remaining hole, and knot a paper clip around the end to hold it in place. Rachelle Doorley, Parents, 16 Aug. 2023 Wrap another rubber band around the shorter end of the arm using a slipknot. Rachelle Doorley, Parents, 16 Aug. 2023 Simply wrap a tree strap around each tree and pass the strap back through the loop to create a simple slipknot that can attach directly to the hammock. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 May 2022 Somoano said the rope’s loop-end was manufactured, not tied with a slipknot. Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2020 To lubricate the slipknot, Brazile uses baby powder. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, 13 Dec. 2017 A boy from Boston was a little too handsy retying my sash into a slipknot. Ella Alexander, Longreads, 12 July 2017 And as he was slammed down the mountain, the rope slid up and its slipknot tightened around his neck, throttling him. Craig R. McCoy / Staff Writer,, 12 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slipknot was in 1659

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“Slipknot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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slip·​knot -ˌnät How to pronounce slipknot (audio)
: a knot that slips along a line around which it is made see knot illustration

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