\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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Teddy Naples was at Richard’s heavy front door, slipping his suit jacket back on, turning the knob slowly. Rebecca Makkai,, "An excerpt from 'The Great Believers' by Rebecca Makkai: 1985," 21 May 2018 Each is filled with rice and suspended from two lengths of rubber tubing joined with a knob of beeswax. Sharon Mizota,, "Eight ceramic octopus traps? Why Daniel Silva's show at Baert Gallery has us hooked," 23 June 2018 Let that last knob of it dry out, then blitz it into homemade bread crumbs for roast chicken legs. Alex Van Buren,, "Making No-Knead Bread Is So Much Easier Than You Think—and You’ll Use It in Meals All Week Long," 23 May 2018 In Game 4 Thursday night, for example, Boucher detected that Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne had actually made a save with the knob of his stick. Sam Donnellon,, "A.J. Mleczko, NHL broadcasting pioneer, leaves chauvinists little to complain about," 8 May 2018 The device is built from just an Arduino microcontroller, a tiny flashlight, a digital display, a few knobs, and a model of the moon. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Brilliant Turntable Hack Displays the Phase of the Moon on Any Date," 6 Apr. 2015 The bad: This model doesn't have a tool rack, and the knobs feel less than sturdy. Hartford Courant,, "CNET: Get Fired Up About These New Gas Grills," 11 July 2018 Singer Theo Bleckmann — one of the evening’s three vocalists — stood before Owens’ jazz quartet and alongside a sound board jammed with knobs, dials and levers. Howard Reich,, "'Songs of Freedom' digs into bracing music of the 1960s," 7 Apr. 2018 Aside from a thumb controller on the steering wheel, there aren’t buttons or knobs for changing stations or adjusting the volume, just the screen and touchpads positioned around it that are inconvenient to use while driving. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross proves times have changed," 13 June 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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Phrases Related to knob

with knobs on

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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.

: a small lump or piece of something


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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 \ adjective

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