slip·​knot | \ ˈslip-ˌnät How to pronounce slipknot (audio) \

Definition of slipknot

: 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 Somoano said the rope’s loop-end was manufactured, not tied with a slipknot. Los Angeles Times, "Black doll found hanged in South Lake Tahoe among nooses discovered around state," 26 June 2020 To lubricate the slipknot, Brazile uses baby powder. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 A boy from Boston was a little too handsy retying my sash into a slipknot. Ella Alexander, Longreads, "Who I Became at the Running of the Bulls," 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,, "Horror on the mountain," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of slipknot

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 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slipknot

: a knot that can slide along the rope around which it is made and that is tightened by pulling on one end


slip·​knot | \ ˈslip-ˌnät How to pronounce slipknot (audio) \

Kids Definition of slipknot

: a knot made by tying the end of a line around the line itself to form a loop so that the size of the loop may be changed by slipping the knot

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