pertaining to or of the nature of a node.

Origin of nodal

First recorded in 1825–35; node + -al1
Related formsno·dal·i·ty, nounmul·ti·nod·al, adjectivepost·nod·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nodal

Historical Examples of nodal

  • All the roads of his speculation start from that nodal point in the story of man.

    Hilaire Belloc

    C. Creighton Mandell

  • But no other raider was in sight; there was no other “nodal centre” of gun-fire and searchlights.

    Many Fronts

    Lewis R. Freeman

  • He has another name, Nodal Wehlinmuk, which means “salt in the south.”

  • He was their nodal point, their focus, their expression in a single term.

    Jude the Obscure

    Thomas Hardy

  • Every point which he marks is the nodal point for numberless relations.

    The Photoplay

    Hugo Mnsterberg

British Dictionary definitions for nodal



of or like a node
Derived Formsnodality, nounnodally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nodal

1831, from node + -al (1). Related: Nodality.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nodal in Medicine




Of, relating to, resembling, being, or situated near or at a node.
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