- a projecting part, usually rounded, forming the handle of a door, drawer, or the like.
- a rounded lump or protuberance on the surface or at the end of something, as a knot on a tree trunk.
- Architecture. an ornamental boss, as of carved work.
- a rounded hill, mountain, or elevation on a ridge.
- to produce a knob on.
- to furnish with a knob.
- (in stone cutting) to knock off (excess stone) preparatory to dressing; knobble; skiffle.
Origin of knob
Related Words for knoblever, latch, doorknob, swell, protrusion, projection, bulge, swelling, hump, knot, snag, bulk, bump, tumor, stud, bunch, nub, protuberance, trigger, opener
Examples from the Web for knob
Contemporary Examples of knob
Then, after carefully replacing the knob, it could be left there undetected.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
But it was still the place where Kandynce did not need eyesight to find a door or a drawer or a knob.Killed by Donald Sterling’s Racism
May 14, 2014
When Hank comes home and has a little sip of the Knob Creek--it was in that scene.Dean Norris Deconstructs “Breaking Bad’s” Hank Schrader
September 2, 2013
Terrified, she and her son cried as the man tried to turn the knob of the door where they hid.Zimmerman’s Twin Lakes Community Was on Edge Before Trayvon Shooting
March 28, 2012
The numbers back up what I heard at places like the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot.The Real Power Behind the Tea Party
September 13, 2010
Historical Examples of knob
There was no answer to his knock, and by trying the knob he found that she had locked herself in.
He fumbled for the knob, and it turned with a grating sound.
With his hand on the knob of the drawing-room door Austin paused and looked at him.Viviette
William J. Locke
They stopped at the door, and some one fumbled noisily at the knob.The Bacillus of Beauty
We had planned a trip to the Knob the next day, and were to camp out for the night.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
- a rounded projection from a surface, such as a lump on a tree trunk
- a handle of a door, drawer, etc, esp one that is rounded
- a round hill or knoll or morainic ridge
- British taboo a slang word for penis
- and the same to you with knobs on or and the same to you with brass knobs on British informal the same to you but even more so
- (tr) to supply or ornament with knobs
- (intr) to form into a knob; bulge
- British taboo to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
Word Origin for knob
Word Origin and History for knob
late 14c., knobe, probably from a Scandinavian or German source (cf. Middle Low German knobbe "knob," Middle Dutch cnoppe, Dutch knop, Old Frisian knopp, knapp, Old High German knopf, German Knopf "button," Old Norse knyfill "short horn"). Meaning "knoll, isolated round hill" is first recorded 1640s, especially in U.S.
- A prominent, rounded hill or mountain.