Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The resinous knot of a pine-tree, used as fuel.

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Examples

  • Every time he was thus awakened he drove back the wolves with flying brands, replenished the fire, and rearranged the pine-knot on his hand.

    The Hunger Cry

  • All worked well, but there came a time when he fastened the pine-knot insecurely.

    The Hunger Cry

  • But this time, before he dozed again, he tied a burning pine-knot to his right hand.

    The Hunger Cry

  • This strange scene was illuminated by a blazing pine-knot.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • The men were hindered in their escape, for they carried improvised weapons that had the look of artifacts from a yet darker age — a sharpened plow point swinging at the end of a chain, an old spade beaten and filed into the semblance of a spear, a pine-knot cudgel spiked at its head with horseshoe nails.

    Cold Mountain

  • The men were hindered in their escape, for they carried improvised weapons that had the look of artifacts from a yet darker age -- a sharpened plow point swinging at the end of a chain, an old spade beaten and filed into the semblance of a spear, a pine-knot cudgel spiked at its head with horseshoe nails.

    Cold Mountain

  • Returning a few minutes later in a more settled frame of mind, I found Jamie and Young Ian squeezed into the privy together-a tight fit, considering their sizes-the latter squatting on the bench with a pine-knot torch as the former bent over the hole, peering into the depths beneath.

    Drums of Autumn

  • Eleven hours they remained there, in anxious consultation: one can imagine those terrible dusky faces, beneath the funereal woods, and amid the flickering of pine-knot torches, preparing that stern revenge whose shuddering echoes should ring through the land so long.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 46, August, 1861

  • It needed but a glance over the rock to observe two members of the gang approaching the base of the hill through the woods, one carrying a flaring pine-knot torch, the other a piece of white canvas tied to a stick.

    Every Man for Himself

  • Trembling hands drew small plaid shawls closer about the shoulders, while one bolder than the rest cast a huge pine-knot upon the glowing coals.

    Hubert's Wife A Story for You

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