\ ˈnäb How to pronounce knob (audio) \

Definition of knob

1a : a small rounded ornament or handle
b : a rounded protuberance : lump
2 : a rounded usually isolated hill or mountain

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Other Words from knob

knobbed \ ˈnäbd How to pronounce knobbed (audio) \ adjective
knobby \ ˈnä-​bē How to pronounce knobby (audio) \ adjective

Examples of knob in a Sentence

a carved walking stick with a silver knob toss a knob of butter into the frying pan
Recent Examples on the Web The screen is augment by a rotary knob on the center console, which can also be used to control the screen. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is good, but not nearly good enough (auto review)," 11 Jan. 2020 The self-balancing pod, which goes up to 24 mph, is controlled by a small knob on the armrest or a panel that can be removed from the pod for remote steering. Washington Post, "The future according to CES 2020: Fake meat, fake people, fake privacy," 7 Jan. 2020 Instead, the rider navigates via a knob on a navigational control panel. Adrienne So, Wired, "Segway Is Bringing the Hoverchairs From WALL-E to Life," 3 Jan. 2020 To prevent unauthorized water use, most outdoor taps don’t have a traditional knob on the valve. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "15 Everyday Survival Supplies You Should Buy Online," 27 Nov. 2019 In addition to the touchscreen, drivers can use a single rotary knob located near the bottom of the screen to control the system. NBC News, "Ford unveils Mustang electric vehicle," 18 Nov. 2019 Before that time there's like two concentric knobs for the volume and tone (controls). Matt Wake |, al, "The mystery of The Swampers’ stolen Muscle Shoals bass guitar," 12 Nov. 2019 There's also a knob in the steering wheel to set driving modes. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Road tripping in a $3 million Bugatti," 5 Oct. 2019 But Porsche has replaced the console shift knob on previous models with a stubby shift tab. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Porsche’s 2020 911 sports car is spry as ever (review)," 21 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of knob

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for knob

Middle English knobbe; akin to Middle Low German knubbe knob

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The first known use of knob was in the 15th century

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21 Jan 2020

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“Knob.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of knob

: a round switch on a television, radio, etc.
: a round handle on a door, drawer, etc.
chiefly British : a small lump or piece of something


\ ˈnäb How to pronounce knob (audio) \

Kids Definition of knob

1 : a small rounded handle
2 : a rounded switch on an electronic device
3 : a rounded lump Her dog has a knob of a tail.
4 : a rounded hill


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Medical Definition of knob

: a rounded protuberance or lump

Other Words from knob

knobby \ ˈnäb-​ē How to pronounce knobby (audio) \ adjective

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