From Proto-Indo-European *gned-, *gnod- (“to bind”). Cognate with nōdus (“knot”), Ancient Greek γνάθος (gnáthos, “a jaw”), Avestan 𐬥𐬀𐬯𐬐𐬀 (naska-, “bundle”), Old Irish nascim (“to bind”), Old Norse knútr (whence Danish knude, Norwegian knute, and Icelandic hnútur), Old English cnotta (Modern English knot), Old English cnyttan (Modern English knit), Old High German knotto (German Knoten), Middle Dutch cnudde (Dutch knot).
- I bind, tie, fasten, connect, interweave, attach; unite; relate.
- I bind by obligation, oblige, make liable.
- I contrive, devise, compose, produce.