verb (used with object), knobbed, knob·bing.
- knitting needle,
- knob latch,
- knob lock,
- knobbling roll
Origin of knob
Examples from the Web for knobs
He required others to open doors for him because he so abhorred touching the knobs or other metal objects.We Already Know What Adam Lanza’s Real Motive Was at Sandy Hook|Michael Daly|November 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
My ribs are like a xylophone, and the knobs of my spine stick up like ponderous cairns in the landscape of my back.
The slender stems are called stalks or filaments and the knobs anthers.The First Book of Farming|Charles L. Goodrich
Carefully turn the knobs so that the block on the inside fits like those shown in Fig. 226.Shelters, Shacks and Shanties|D.C. Beard
The Knobs Industrial University would be a vast school of modern science and practice, worthy of a great nation.The Gilded Age, Complete|Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
To-morrow I will have three knobs put on that door and have it fixed so that it cant close itself.Paul and His Dog, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIV)|Charles Paul de Kock
A crocodile has a long and very strong tail, with knobs and sharp ridges on it.Nero, the Circus Lion|Richard Barnum
verb knobs, knobbing or knobbed
Word Origin 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.