door·​knob | \ ˈdȯr-ˌnäb How to pronounce doorknob (audio) \

Definition of doorknob

: a knob that releases a door latch

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Each uncovered sneeze can spread viruses, bacteria, or other pathogens more than 20 feet away, according to MIT research, but those same germs can pass from your fingers and palms to doorknobs, desks, and handrails. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "It’s 2019: How Are People Still Not Sneezing the Right Way?!?," 8 Feb. 2019 The New York Times reported that it was placed on the doorknob, citing unnamed officials. William Booth, Washington Post, "British lab confirms Novichok was used in spy attack but can’t determine source," 3 Apr. 2018 At the same time, dozens of other companies across South Korea also are jockeying for any edge to jump into North Korea if Kim Jong Un’s outreach eventually opens investment in a country that needs everything from new roads to designer doorknobs. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "The Choco Pie dividend: South Korean firms are drooling at the prospect of business in the North," 17 June 2018 Another was seen biting the doorknob to a building. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Southwest Alaska village ‘on edge’ after fox and dog test positive for rabies," 9 June 2018 When police interviewed him last year, the wound made simple tasks such as turning a doorknob impossible, the affidavit says. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester Police Arrest Man In Stabbing Last Summer Outside Movie Theater," 22 May 2018 On a doorknob hangs an antique buoy from Boston, where both Moffetts lived before Charlotte. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "A Yankee Chef’s Southern Habitat," 25 Apr. 2018 Authorities say Skripal and her father, Sergei, were poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent known as Novichok, which investigators suspect was smeared on the doorknob of their home in Salisbury. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "‘My strength is growing daily:’ Yulia Skripal speaks out for the first time since poisoning," 5 Apr. 2018 Use loosely fitting doorknob covers so that the cover turns instead of the actual knob., "How to prevent dementia-related wandering," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of doorknob

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doorknob was in 1835

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English Language Learners Definition of doorknob

: a round handle that you turn to open a door

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