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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The sky that day was particularly clear — miles away, Point Conception poked through as a knob of land. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A look behind the Hollister Ranch gates. Will the public ever access these exclusive beaches?," 12 Apr. 2019 The combined effect of two touch screens, a bunch of buttons, and a rotary knob is clunky, and the whole mess feels out of place in what is otherwise a very technology-forward vehicle. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 The German silver shell-design drawer pulls and crystal knobs are from Klaffs. Lisa Selin Davis, WSJ, "A Designer’s Dream Bathroom for Herself," 16 Aug. 2018 The simple act of fiddling with these buttons and knobs in each level brings its own amusement. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Gnog turns puzzle boxes into fun dioramas," 5 Aug. 2018 The knob is handy for using while driving, instead of reaching for the screen with a wobbly hand. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Mazda6 sedan gets a major update for 2018, with more elegance, tech," 29 June 2018 In effect the policy creates a knob, which can be twiddled between a redistribution of capital and control, all the way to handing the means of production to workers wholesale (as was Mr Meidner’s original intention, until ABBA intervened). The Economist, "The winner (no longer) takes it all," 15 June 2019 That price includes the printed construction plans, digital plans on a flash drive, and a door knob, hammer, hat, and mug with the company logo. Megan Barber, Curbed, "DIY a modern A-frame house with $2K blueprints," 11 June 2019 Surfaces, handles, knobs, telephones, and curtain pulls all get sanitized. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019

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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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