\ 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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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,, "Believe the hype: 2018 Honda Accord is that good," 25 Jan. 2018 Oh, and tilting it in either direction adjusts the volume, making the entire speaker essentially a giant volume knob. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Bang & Olufsen’s Edge speaker can be rolled to adjust the volume," 29 Aug. 2018 For a creative twist, try installing a statement knob or handle on a select cabinet or door. Lydia Culp, Fox News, "Freshen up your home for spring with these 7 steps," 16 Apr. 2018 The cockpit is typical BMW, with all the knobs and buttons necessary to tweak your Ultimate Driving Machine to your preferences. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Party in the front, pain in the back: The BMW X4 reviewed," 18 Oct. 2018 Every molded piece is the same, with two knobs that face each other diagonally and subtle curves throughout. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Curvy concrete seating looks potentially comfortable," 22 Aug. 2018 Do this by either turning off the water supply knob behind the toilet (remember, rightytighty) and flushing, or pulling on gloves and using a small plastic container to empty the water into a bucket. 2. Arianne Cohen, Woman's Day, "Time-Saving Household Cleaning Tricks," 21 Nov. 2011

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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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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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