AskDefine | Define noose

Dictionary Definition



1 a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a noose [syn: snare, gin]
2 a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot; it binds tighter as the cord or rope is pulled [syn: running noose, slip noose]


1 make a noose in or of
2 secure with a noose

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. An adjustable loop of rope, e.g. the one placed around the neck in hangings, or the one at the end of a lasso.


an adjustable loop or rope

Extensive Definition

A noose is a loop at the end of a rope in which the knot slides to make the loop collapsible.
Knots used for making nooses include the running bowline, the tarbuck knot, and the slip knot. The knot most closely associated with execution is the Hangman's knot, which is also known as the "hangman's noose".
noose in Portuguese: Nó de correr

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