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

Definition of doorknob

: a knob that releases a door latch

Examples of doorknob in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the dweeb, the doorknob insists he is being guided by the spirit. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 May 2022 Fotis left behind two pieces of evidence critical to the investigation, says the sergeant: his DNA on the doorknob of the mudroom and a mixture of his and Jennifer's DNA on a faucet inside Jennifer's house. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 21 May 2022 Kyle Pudenz wedged himself next to the vacuum cleaner in his hall supply closet and white-knuckled the doorknob, pulling with all his might. William Deshazer For Cnn, CNN, 7 May 2022 While studying the twisting motion, the engineers also discovered the torque required to successfully open an Oreo is about the same as what’s needed to turn a doorknob—a tenth of the torque required to open a bottle cap. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2022 Her bedroom doorknob is heavy with medals, which hang alongside posters from her favorite Broadway shows. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 Christo swiped the doorknob to his room for an installation at the Leo Castelli Gallery. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Seemingly mesmerized by its power, Suzume reaches for the doorknob. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 10 Apr. 2022 For a touch more pizazz, the client swapped in an octagonal doorknob of chunky green glass. Alice Welsh Doyle, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of doorknob

1835, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2022

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“Doorknob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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