• WordNet 3.6
    • n knottiness puzzling complexity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Knottiness Difficulty of solution; intricacy; complication. "Knottiness of his style."
    • Knottiness The quality or state of being knotty or full of knots.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n knottiness The condition of being knotty; the state of having many knots or swellings.
    • n knottiness The quality of being knotty; difficulty of solution; intricacy; complication: as, the knottiness of a problem.
    • n knottiness In geometry, the minimum number of nodes in the projection of a knot on a plane or other single-sheeted, singly connected surface.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Knotty


In literature:

And many a knotty legal problem was settled in that gloomy little office.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Redoubled knocks were given with some blunt implement, probably a knotty stick, wielded by a vigorous arm.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
If any of them (as sometimes they are) be knotty, I referre them to Chap.
"A New Orchard And Garden" by William Lawson
In your day, even, that was possible, and I continued with the knotty problem until I deduced the manner of its doing.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
He lifted a shaking hand, pointed a knotty finger.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
The United States had very knotty problems of her own to discuss in 1859.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
And he reached out and pressed something into Old Jerry's knotty fingers.
"Once to Every Man" by Larry Evans
He was mounted on a red roan horse, and looked like an old knotty spider.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
As usual, Mr. Pawling had offered Palla his large, knotty hand in wedlock that morning.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
This is the knotty point.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel

In poetry:

So crooked, so knotty,
So jaggèd and bare—
Indeed would the dew
Keep her mansion of air!
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
O, the sharp pangs of smarting pain
My dear Redeemer bore,
When knotty whips and ragged thorns
His sacred body tore!
"Hymn 95" by Isaac Watts
But ere it fell, two thundering blows
Upon his scull descend;
From Ursine's knotty club they came,
Who ran to save his friend.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
A comrade of the chinquapin,
He looks into its knotty eyes
And sees its heart; and, deep within,
Its soul that makes him wise.
"Comradery" by Madison Julius Cawein
"So give me your knotty swath to mow,
And rest awhile on the shady sward,
Else your body will crooked grow,
Little Cyrus, from working hard."
"Little Cyrus" by Alice Cary
I saw in scarr'd and knotty bole,
The fresh'ning of the sap;
When timid spring gave first small dole,
Of sunbeams thro' bare boughs that stole,
I saw the bright'ning blossoms roll,
From summer's high pil'd lap.
""The Earth Waxeth Old."" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Knotty Challenges in Health Care Costs.
There's no way anyone who lives in Miami doesn't know this rustic whitewashed wooden fish house with the knotty-pine-paneled interior.
Knotty Pine opening nears.
In this new home, I have knotty pine walls.
Open carry advocates are holding a sit-in this Saturday at Knotty Pine in Broken Arrow.
Gambling - now a revenue source for many governments - poses knotty policy questions.
Knotty questions from the tied-down set.
But Dante 's verse was born in the harmonies of the Vita Nuova,or The New Life, and reborn in the insistently philosophical and poetically knotty three poems of the Convivio,or The Banquet.
The Knotty Pine Tavern was a Cleveland Heights landmark for many years.
People still visit the neighborhood and ask about the Knotty Pine Tavern.
Knotty Pine Barbecue opens in Broken Arrow.
Knotty Pine Barbecue opens today in Broken Arrow.
FDA Regulation of Pharmacies Has Knotty History.
2009 Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel.
Husband's Fundraising a ' Knotty Problem' in Clinton Nomination.

In science:

They are appreciably bright both in Hα and [S ii] and present a knotty structure, In addition, their axis of symmetry point toward IRAS 18014 − 2428, although there is a slight difference in their apparent directions.
Geysers in the Lagoon: new Herbig-Haro objects in M8
HH 897. – This object consist of three emission features with irregular and knotty morphologies.
Geysers in the Lagoon: new Herbig-Haro objects in M8
Evidence for jet-ISM interaction in CSS(cid:146)s is strong, including bent, knotty jets and aligned optical emission (de Vries et al. 1997).
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
The blue fraction of the cluster population shows morphologies similar to Sb-Sdm/Irr galaxies with compact knotty regions of star formation.
Near-infrared adaptive optics observations of galaxy clusters: Abell 262 at z=0.0157, J1836.3CR at z=0.414, and PKS 0743-006 at z=0.994
This appearance has brought forward the idea that the outer annulus is associated with the blast wave shock and that the knotty ring further inside contains the reverse shock heated ejecta.
X-rays from Supernova Remnants