knob

noun
\ 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

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To the right was another small knob for volume and switching radio stations. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "1,160 miles in 11 days: A grand tour with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio," 15 Aug. 2018 Woodgrain console gives it that upscale touch, while the center stack has big climate and audio knobs for the gloved among us in the snowbelt. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Subaru climbs into 3-row class with 2019 Ascent," 26 June 2018 This ultrasonic cool mist humidifier has an easy-to-control dial knob to control the output. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Humidifiers to Buy This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018 That said, get ready for the knob to be twisted to 11 if Democrats take a House majority on Tuesday. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "We Are a Homicidal Species," 2 Nov. 2018 Emissivity is the knob that the researchers turn to control the infrared appearance of their material. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Salt-infused graphene creates an infrared cloaking device," 3 Aug. 2018 In the center console, right elbow, the siren control, with a big knob marked WAIL. Dan Neil, WSJ, "When WSJ’s Car Critic Played Fireman for a Day...," 31 Aug. 2018 The object Vassell pointed turned out to be a short pipe with a knob on the end, Monahan said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Family outraged after NYPD shoots unarmed black man," 5 Apr. 2018 The touch screen, flanked with a tuning AND volume knob is mounted high in the dash, which takes away from the overall neat design. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Believe the hype: 2018 Honda Accord is that good," 25 Jan. 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.
chiefly British : a small lump or piece of something

knob

noun
\ 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

knob

noun
\ ˈnäb How to pronounce knob (audio) \

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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