• Running Noose
    Running Noose
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v noose secure with a noose
    • v noose make a noose in or of
    • n noose a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot; it binds tighter as the cord or rope is pulled
    • n noose a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose
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Crossed Running Noose Crossed Running Noose

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Black Jack Ketchum was hung back in 1901 in Clayton New Mexico, the noose actually ended up taking his head off. The head had to be sewn back on so Black Jack could be buried properly
    • n Noose A running knot, or loop, which binds the closer the more it is drawn.
    • v. t Noose To tie in a noose; to catch in a noose; to entrap; to insnare.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When a man was hanged in Mississippi in 1894 the noose came undone and the prisoner fell to the ground. He was set free and and since his innocence was later established he was granted ,$5000.
    • n noose A running knot or slip-knot. See slip-knot.
    • n noose 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.
    • noose To knot; entangle in or as in a knot.
    • noose To catch or insnare by or as by a noose.
    • noose To furnish with a noose or running knot.
    • noose To decorate with something resembling a noose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The guillotine was originally called a louisette. Named for Antoine Louis, the French surgeon who invented it. It became known as the guillotine for Joseph Ignace Guillotin, the French physician who advocated it as a more merciful means of execution than the noose or ax.
    • n Noose nōōs or nōōz a running knot which ties the firmer the closer it is drawn: a snare or knot generally
    • v.t Noose to tie or catch in a noose
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  • Linda Ellerbee
    Linda Ellerbee
    “If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “Razors pain you; rivers are damp; acids stain you; and drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; nooses give; gas smells awful; you might as well live.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. OF. nous, nom. sing. or acc. pl. of nou, knot, F. nœud, L. nodus,. Cf. Node


In literature:

A temporary substitute for a curb is made by noosing a string, and putting the noose round the horse's lower jaw.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
She suspended the noose, wherewith she strangled herself.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
On the completion of one full year, one such noose is loosened.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
In thy (six) other arms thou bearest a vessel, a lotus, a bell, a noose, a bow, a large discus, and various other weapons.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
A slip-noose is so arranged that the tiger thrusts his head through it in order to reach the meat with which the cord holding the tree is baited.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
Running open the noose of the lariat, she dropped it surely over his shoulders.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
A rope with a noose in it was swung close to him.
"Stories of American Life and Adventure" by Edward Eggleston
A third Mexican threw his lasso, but the noose only touched his flying tail.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
If they deliberately put their necks into the noose, who can pity them?
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Yet another complete circle, and, tearing at the noose, he managed to get his head free.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey

In poetry:

Each snarling lash of the stormy sea
Curled like a hungry tongue.
One desperate splash--and no use to me
The noose that swung!
"Rescue" by Jean Starr Untermeyer
Aye! I could take her by the throat
More sure than hangman’s noose,
And set my teeth and set my nails,
And hate would set my thews.
And fling her to the drought-starved swine,
Were all my brethren Jews.
"The Peace Maker" by Henry Lawson
How well she knows to cast the noose,
And yet not pay the cattle tax!
She casts the noose on me with her hair,
She captures me with her eye;
She curbs me with her necklace,
She brands me with her seal ring.
"How Well She Knows To Cast The Noose" by Anonymous Africas
Three days were scarcely turned about
Before the Parson was sought out,
To tye a knot 'twixt man and wife,
Which very often galls for life,
Though he's a fee to make the noose,
They'd double it to set them loose.
"The Wager" by William Hutton
"The moss, that creeps from bough to bough,
And hangs in many a dull festoon;—
There, peeping through thy curtain, thou
Mayest catch some 'glimpses of the moon';
Or, better, twist of it a string,
Noose in thy neck, repent, and—swing!"
"The Gag" by John Pierpont
On a far night, the glinting pine needles
Accepted lettings of remorseful tears.
On a far night, the skies were frosty-white,
The lofty pine clutched the hanging noose.
Love made descent on the lofty pine,
He was suspended in the posture of prayer.
"Aerial Strangulation" by Sakutaro Hagiwara

In news:

Display follows noose left at library last week.
Noose-Door Columbia Prof Claims Computers Hacked in Plagiarism Hunt.
Noose placed around employee's neck .
Noose on empty chair display causes concern in Horry County.
Noose placed around employee's neck.
Manning admits at WikiLeaks hearing to making a noose .
Soldier charged in WikiLeaks case, admits making noose .
I Made Noose After 2010 Arrest.
On Second Day On Stand, WikiLeaks Suspect Manning Admits He Made Noose .
An Army private charged with leaking classified material to WikiLeaks says he tied a bedsheet into a noose while considering suicide during his pretrial confinement.
Bradley Manning's noose shown at hearing.
What's Good for the Noose is Good for the Pander.
D.C.'s dangerous debt noose .
Obama " Noose " Sign Draws Fire.
The sign reads "Hang in there Obama" with a picture of a noose .