surgeon's knot

noun

Definition of surgeon's knot

: a reef knot in which the first knot has two turns — see knot illustration

First Known Use of surgeon's knot

1733, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About surgeon's knot

Time Traveler for surgeon's knot

Time Traveler

The first known use of surgeon's knot was in 1733

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near surgeon's knot

surgeon's agaric

surgeon's knot

surgeon apothecary

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for surgeon's knot

Cite this Entry

“Surgeon's knot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surgeon%27s%20knot. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for surgeon's knot

surgeon's knot

noun

Medical Definition of surgeon's knot

: any of several knots used in tying ligatures or surgical stitches especially : a square knot in which the first knot has two turns

More from Merriam-Webster on surgeon's knot

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about surgeon's knot

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!