knob

noun
\ ˈnäb \

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 \ adjective
knobby \ ˈnä-​bē \ adjective

Examples of knob in a Sentence

a carved walking stick with a silver knob toss a knob of butter into the frying pan

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In a recent project, Max used a polished nickel faucet with satin brass knobs on the cabinetry. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "These Trends Are Officially So 2018. Here's What's Replacing Them," 13 Nov. 2018 Like most cars in its class, the NX 300h offers Sport, Normal, and Eco settings, all selectable via a large knob on the center console. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Luxury on a budget: The Lexus NX 300h hybrid reviewed," 14 Oct. 2018 Shift the odd gear knob on the column to drive and away it whirs. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2017 BMW i3 electric vehicle goes longer on style than miles," 8 Aug. 2017 Place 2 licorice pieces on sides of head for neck knobs. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Frankenstein and His Bride Cupcakes," 2 Oct. 2018 These help prevent clothes from snagging on the knob or handle and keep hands from sliding off the end of a regular door lever handle. Brenda Richardson, The Seattle Times, "Design for living: Modifications can remove the obstacles to aging in place," 3 Sep. 2018 The spinner knob placed at two o’clock on the steering wheel and turn signal crossover bar allow me to operate a car with only my right hand. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How 10-year stroke survivor Steven L. Patterson gets around St. Louis," 5 Apr. 2018 One of his favorite moments of the project was watching a researcher at Kathmandu University turn a knob and spark a blue flame with methane from a prototype digester, all produced by excrement removed from the mountain. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Seattle Times, "Mount Everest is a ‘fecal time bomb.’ Here’s one man’s idea for handling 14 tons of human waste.," 7 Aug. 2018 Littlefield dressed, shuffled out into the hallway between his apartment and the academic rooms, and turned the knob on the lab door. Paul Collins, BostonGlobe.com, "What lies in the lab: The gruesome murder at Harvard that transfixed New England," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of knob

14th 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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knob

noun

English Language Learners Definition of knob

: a round switch on a television, radio, etc.

: a round handle on a door, drawer, etc.

: a small lump or piece of something

knob

noun
\ ˈnäb \

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

knob

noun
\ ˈnäb \

Medical Definition of knob

: a rounded protuberance or lump

Other Words from knob

knobby \ ˈnäb-​ē \ adjective

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