Gordian Knot. This was a knot made by Gordian, in one of the cords of his yoke, or, as some have it, in the leathers of his chariot harness, which was so very intricately twisted, that it was impossible to discover where it began or ended. The oracle of Apollo having declared, that whosoever should untie the knot should be master of all Asia, many attempted it. but without success, till at last Alexander the Great, after attempting in vain to untie it, cut it asunder with his sword, and thus either eluded or fulfilled the prediction.