\ 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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Its three-drummer lineup forces Levin to switch knobs on his on-stage sound monitors, making on-the-spot decisions on which player to lock in with. Steve Knopper,, "After almost four decades, there is still no room for error in the work of King Crimson," 5 Sep. 2019 Inside, the Taycan has almost no physical switches, knobs or gauges. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Porsche's first electric car can go from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds," 4 Sep. 2019 Rotary-knob settings make throttle and suspension adjustments for mud/sand, rock/dirt and snow. Dallas News, "Toyota's RAV4 wants to play rough and adds Adventure to its name," 17 Aug. 2019 This season, MiLB sanctioned the use of sensors embedded inside the bat, though most minor leaguers still use the ones attached to the knob. Alex Speier,, "Baseball’s latest tech tool for hitters: Bat sensors," 9 Aug. 2019 The flowered knobs decorate the back of the chair next to each other, with the gray wheel on the side. Rachel Berry,, "Happen's Toy Lab brings a sense of child-like creativity for all ages," 23 July 2019 Many have pinnacoli on their rooftops; these knob-like pinnacles vary in shape and may have helped the trulleros, or trulli builders, to identify their work. Margarita Gokun Silver, National Geographic, "Hobbit homes in Italy? Not quite, but just as charming," 10 July 2019 When police approached the vehicle, the driver attempted to turn down the radio, but instead grabbed the climate control knob, according to police. Bruce Geiselman,, "Speeding stop leads to marijuana charge: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 20 June 2019 Ariel pushed a bright little knob of blue perfectly into its hollow. Daniel Poppick, Harper's magazine, "Rumors," 16 Sep. 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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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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