# Knot

## Method of fastening or securing linear material / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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A **knot** is an intentional complication in cordage[1] which may be practical or decorative, or both. Practical knots are classified by function, including hitches, bends, loop knots, and splices: a *hitch* fastens a rope to another object; a *bend* fastens two ends of a rope to each another; a *loop knot* is any knot creating a loop; and *splice* denotes any multi-strand knot, including bends and loops.[2] A knot may also refer, in the strictest sense, to a stopper or knob at the end of a rope to keep that end from slipping through a grommet or eye.[3] Knots have excited interest since ancient times for their practical uses, as well as their topological intricacy, studied in the area of mathematics known as knot theory.