from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A loop formed in a rope by means of a slipknot so that it binds tighter as the rope is pulled. Also called running noose.
  • n. A snare or trap.
  • transitive v. To capture or hold by or as if by a noose.
  • transitive v. To make a noose of or in.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An adjustable loop of rope, e.g. the one placed around the neck in hangings, or the one at the end of a lasso.
  • v. To tie or catch in a noose; to entrap or ensnare.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A running knot, or loop, which binds the closer the more it is drawn.
  • transitive v. To tie in a noose; to catch in a noose; to entrap; to insnare.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To knot; entangle in or as in a knot.
  • To catch or insnare by or as by a noose.
  • To furnish with a noose or running knot.
  • To decorate with something resembling a noose.
  • n. A running knot or slip-knot. See slip-knot.
  • n. A loop formed by or fastened with a running knot or slip-knot, as that in a hangman's halter, or in a lasso; hence, a snare; a gin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot; it binds tighter as the cord or rope is pulled
  • v. make a noose in or of
  • v. secure with a noose
  • n. a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose


Middle English nose, probably from Old French nos, nous, knot, from Latin nōdus; see node.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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