knob

[ nob ]
/ nɒb /
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noun

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.

verb (used with object), knobbed, knob·bing.


Nearby words

  1. knitter,
  2. knitting,
  3. knitting needle,
  4. knitwear,
  5. knives,
  6. knob latch,
  7. knob lock,
  8. knobble,
  9. knobbler,
  10. knobbling roll

Origin of knob

1350–1400; Middle English knobbe < Middle Low German

Related formsknob·like, adjective

Can be confusedknob nob

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British Dictionary definitions for knobs

knob

/ (nɒb) /

noun

verb knobs, knobbing or knobbed

Derived Formsknobby, adjectiveknoblike, adjective

Word Origin for knob

C14: from Middle Low German knobbe knot in wood; see knop

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Word Origin and History for knobs

knob

n.

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.

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Science definitions for knobs

knob

[ nŏb ]

A prominent, rounded hill or mountain.
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