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Updated June 2021

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Pioneering (scout movement) is the art of using ropes and wooden spars joined by knots and lashings to create a structure. 


To tie the knot is to get married. In the old days, traditional Chinese weddings are not complete without the symbol of happiness, 囍, knotted by hand, in flaming red cord. It has since been largely replaced by paper-cuttings or printed stickers. 


In topology, knot theory is the study of mathematical knots. While inspired by knots which appear in daily life in shoelaces and rope, a mathematical knot differs in that the ends are joined together so that it cannot be undone, the simplest knot being a ring. 



A knot of people is a group of people who are standing very close together.

If you feel a knot in your stomach, you get an uncomfortable tight feeling in your stomach, usually because you are afraid or excited.

A knot in a piece of wood is a small hard area where a branch grew.​


A knot is a unit of speed. The speed of ships, aircraft, and winds is measured in knots.

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