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  • n. The state of being knotty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being knotty or full of knots.
  • n. Difficulty of solution; intricacy; complication.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of being knotty; the state of having many knots or swellings.
  • n. The quality of being knotty; difficulty of solution; intricacy; complication: as, the knottiness of a problem.
  • n. In geometry, the minimum number of nodes in the projection of a knot on a plane or other single-sheeted, singly connected surface.

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

  • n. puzzling complexity


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  • Xeni visits the first-ever "Cable Untangling Championships" at Machine Project in Los Angeles, where knottiness abounds and speedy-fingered sysadmins pwn the world.

    Boing Boing

  • I would recommend this only for a family that's liable to splinter, or one that's prone to knottiness.

    Size Does Matter

  • Of this book of poetry, John Banville said: "Robertson's genius for exact and gorgeous imagery, his dazzling metaphorical gift, and the knottiness of his thinking ... runs through the syntax of the verse like a bead of Metaphysical quicksilver."

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Henry James perhaps came closer to an explanation of her suicide when he wrote in a letter of “the sad story” of “poor Mrs. Adams who found, the other day, the solution to the knottiness of existence.”

    America's First Dynasty

  • Who can disentangle that twisted and intricate knottiness?

    The Confessions

  • African Padouk, Framier knottiness excessive existence of a great number of knots, in particular also dry, dead knots lower wood yield, lower quality of the timber, reduced strength

    1. Wood

  • Who can unravel such a twisted and tangled knottiness?

    Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler

  • Time would fail me to speak of the elusiveness of soap, the knottiness of strings, the transitory nature of buttons, the inclination of suspenders to twist, and of hooks to forsake their lawful eyes, and cleave only unto the hairs of their hapless owner's head.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • But the upper part, on account of the great heat in it, throws up branches into the air through the knots; and this, when it is cut off about twenty feet from the ground and then hewn, is called "knotwood" because of its hardness and knottiness.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • Yet, when one might have expected to find hands of a talon-like knottiness, to correspond with the sparse rugosity of his person, one found to one's astonishment the most delicately shaped hands in the world, with long, sensitive, nervous fingers, like those of the thousands of artists who have lived and died without being able to express themselves in any artistic medium.

    The Mountebank


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