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 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

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First Known Use of slipknot

1659, in the meaning defined above

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30 May 2022

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“Slipknot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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