Hanging noose used at public executions outside Lancaster Castle, circa 1820-1830

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.

Use in hanging

The knot most closely associated with execution is the hangman's knot, which is also known as the "hangman's noose".

The anatomy of a noose is such as this:

  1. the open end is called a honda
  2. the knots are known as hangmans knots (depending on styles)
  3. the end that is plain is the hitch

In the US, a noose is sometimes left as a message in order to intimidate people. Its meaning is derived from its use in segregation era lynchings.[1][2][3][4] It is illegal to display a noose in a threatening manner in some states such as New York and Connecticut.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Noose incidents evoke segregation-era fears, MSNBC. October 10, 2007.
  2. ^ Coast Guard tries to deal with noose incidents, CNN. October 4, 2007.
  3. ^ The Many Costs of Racism, pg. 2, Joe R. Feagin, Karyn D. McKinney, ISBN 0742511189, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005
  4. ^ Haunted: the symbolism of the noose Temitope Oriola; Charles Adeyanju, African Identities, 1472-5851, Volume 7, Issue 1, 2009, Pages 89 – 103.
  5. ^ Noose displays provoke new state penalties, June 6, 2008.

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  • noose — [ nus ] noun 1. ) count a piece of rope that is formed into a circle at one end, so that if you pull the other end the circle becomes smaller. A noose is used for killing someone by hanging them by the neck. a ) the noose MAINLY LITERARY the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Noose — (n[=oo]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Noosed} (n[=oo]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Noosing}.] To tie in a noose; to catch in a noose; to entrap; to insnare. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • noose — ► NOUN ▪ a loop with a running knot which tightens as the rope or wire is pulled, used especially to hang offenders or trap animals. ► VERB ▪ catch or hold with a noose. ● put one s head in a noose Cf. ↑put one s head in a noose ORIGIN probably… …   English terms dictionary

  • noose — [no͞os] n. [ME nose, prob. via Prov nous < L nodus, knot, NODE] 1. a loop formed in a rope, cord, etc. by means of a slipknot so that the loop tightens as the rope is pulled 2. anything that restricts one s freedom; tie, bond, snare, trap, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Noose — Noose, n. [Prob. fr. OF. nous, nom. sing. or acc. pl. of nou knot, F. n[oe]ud, L. nodus. Cf. {Node}.] A running knot, or loop, which binds the closer the more it is drawn. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • noose — noose; bur·noose; …   English syllables

  • noose — noose. См. аркан. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • noose — [nu:s] n [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Probably from Provençal nous knot , from Latin nodus; NODE] a ring formed by the end of a piece of rope, which closes more tightly as it is pulled, used especially for killing someone by hanging them …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • noose — (n.) mid 15c., perhaps from O.Fr. nos or cognate O.Prov. nous knot, from L. nodus knot (see NET (Cf. net) (n.)). Rare before c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • noose — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ hangman s VERB + NOOSE ▪ fasten, tie ▪ They tied a noose around her neck. ▪ pull, tighten …   Collocations dictionary

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