Kink vs Knot - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between kink and knot
is that kink
is to laugh loudly or kink
can be to form a kink or twist while knot
is to form into a knot; to tie with a knot or knots.
As nouns the difference between kink and knot
is that kink
is a convulsive fit of coughing or laughter; a sonorous indraft of breath; a whoop; a gasp of breath caused by laughing, coughing, or crying or kink
can be a tight curl, twist, or bend in a length of thin material, hair etc while knot
is a looping of a piece of string or of any other long, flexible material that cannot be untangled without passing one or both ends of the material through its loops or knot
can be (nautical) a unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour or knot
can be one of a variety of shore birds; the red-breasted sandpiper (variously calidris canutus
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
From (etyl) kinken, kynken, from (etyl) .
To laugh loudly.
To gasp for breath as in a severe fit of coughing.
A convulsive fit of coughing or laughter; a sonorous indraft of breath; a whoop; a gasp of breath caused by laughing, coughing, or crying.
From (etyl) or (etyl) .
A tight curl, twist, or bend in a length of thin material, hair etc.
A difficulty or flaw that is likely to impede operation, as in a plan or system.
- We couldn't get enough water to put out the fire because of a kink in the hose.
An unreasonable notion; a crotchet; a whim; a caprice.
* Frederic Swartwout Cozzens
- They had planned to open another shop downtown, but their plan had a few kinks .
(slang, countable, and, uncountable) Peculiarity or deviation in sexual behaviour or taste.
* 2013 , Alison Tyler, H Is for Hardcore (page 13)
- Never a Yankee was born or bred / Without that peculiar kink in his head / By which he could turn the smallest amount / Of whatever he had to the best account.
(Scotland, dialect) A fit of coughing or laughter.
(mathematics) A positive 1-soliton solution to the
- To top it all off, Lynn is into kink . Last night she was really into kink. It's a good thing that today is my day off because I need the time to recuperate and think things over.
To form a kink or twist.
To be formed into a kink or twist.
From (etyl) cnotta, from (etyl) , compare Latin nodus and its Romance successors.
A looping of a piece of string or of any other long, flexible material that cannot be untangled without passing one or both ends of the material through its loops.
(of hair, etc) A tangled clump.
- Climbers must make sure that all knots are both secure and of types that will not weaken the rope.
A maze-like pattern.
- The nurse was brushing knots from the protesting child's hair.
(mathematics) A non-self-intersecting closed curve in (e.g., three-dimensional) space that is an abstraction of a knot (in sense 1 above).
- Flowers worthy of paradise, which, not nice art / In beds and curious knots , but nature boon / Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain.
- A knot can be defined as a non-self-intersecting broken line whose endpoints coincide: when such a knot is constrained to lie in a plane, then it is simply a polygon.
A difficult situation.
- A knot in its original sense can be modeled as a mathematical knot''' (or link) as follows: if the knot is made with a single piece of rope, then abstract the shape of that rope and then extend the working end to merge it with the standing end, yielding a mathematical '''knot'''. If the knot is attached to a metal ring, then that metal ring can be modeled as a trivial '''knot''' and the pair of '''knots''' become a link. If more than one mathematical ' knot (or link) can be thus obtained, then the simplest one (avoiding detours) is probably the one which one would want.
- I got into a knot when I inadvertently insulted a policeman.
The whorl left in lumber by the base of a branch growing out of the tree's trunk.
- A man shall be perplexed with knots , and problems of business, and contrary affairs.
Local swelling in a tissue area, especially skin, often due to injury.
- When preparing to tell stories at a campfire, I like to set aside a pile of pine logs with lots of knots , since they burn brighter and make dramatic pops and cracks.
A protuberant joint in a plant.
Any knob, lump, swelling, or protuberance.
- Jeremy had a knot on his head where he had bumped it on the bedframe.
The point on which the action of a story depends; the gist of a matter.
- With lips serenely placid, felt the knot / Climb in her throat.
(engineering) A node.
A kind of epaulet; a shoulder knot.
A group of people or things.
- the knot of the tale
* Sir Walter Scott
- his ancient knot of dangerous adversaries
* 1968, Bryce Walton, Harpoon Gunner , Thomas Y. Crowell Company, NY, (1968), page 20,
- As they sat together in small, separate knots , they discussed doctrinal and metaphysical points of belief.
A bond of union; a connection; a tie.
- He pushed through knots of whalemen grouped with their families and friends, and surrounded by piles of luggage.
* Bishop Hall
- with nuptial knot
- ere we knit the knot that can never be loosed
To form into a knot; to tie with a knot or knots.
- We knotted the ends of the rope to keep it from unravelling.
To form wrinkles in the forehead, as a sign of concentration, concern, surprise, etc.
- as tight as I could knot the noose
To unite closely; to knit together.
- She knotted her brow in concentration while attempting to unravel the tangled strands.
(obsolete, rare) To entangle or perplex; to puzzle.
- (Francis Bacon)
* (form into a knot) bind, tie
* (form wrinkles in forehead) knit
* (form into a knot) loosen, unbind, unknot, untie
From the practice of counting the number of knots in the log-line (as it plays out) in a standard time. Traditionally spaced at one every 1/120th of a mile.
(nautical) A unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour.
(slang) A nautical mile (incorrectly)
- Cedric claimed his old yacht could make 12 knots .
Supposed to be derived from the name of (King Canute), with whom the bird was a favourite article of food. See the species epithet canutus .
One of a variety of shore birds; the red-breasted sandpiper (variously Calidris canutus or ).
* (Red Knot)