\ 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 knob (audio) \ adjective
knobby \ ˈnä-​bē How to pronounce knob (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
Recent Examples on the Web The round knob at the top represents a Buddhist sacred gem. Washington Post, "Japan’s other gift at the Tidal Basin," 18 Mar. 2021 Though we are isolated in our homes, we are bound together through a shared tactile experience with the product: thousands of legs twirling at the same pace, thousands of fingers twirling the knob just so. New York Times, "This Is Your Brain on Peloton," 16 Mar. 2021 The adjustment knob is located on the bottom of the spice pod, choose the coarseness to your liking just with a twist. Maren Estrada, BGR, "This one-of-a-kind $35 gadget on Amazon was a game-changer in my kitchen," 15 Mar. 2021 Like many new grandparents, the Moores marvel at the array of gadgets their daughter uses: a bottle warmer, bottle drying rack, baby wipe warmer, Diaper Genie, baby monitor and childproofing gadgets for every knob, nook and cranny in the house. Mary Jacobs, Dallas News, "Grandparents, it’s a new day in baby care," 23 Feb. 2021 The Backcountry Ti was designed to handle inclement weather with a protective flat dark earth Cerkaote finish on the barrel, muzzle brake, receiver, and trigger guard, while the bolt, bolt knob, and safety have a black Cerakote finish. Mike Dickerson, Field & Stream, "14 Lightweight Hunting Rifles For Every Budget," 18 Feb. 2021 The heavyweight has a tight fit and retains moisture, complete with a nickel steel knob. Daria Smith, Southern Living, "The Best Dutch Ovens By Size," 3 Mar. 2021 The rifle shaves weight by use of fluted barrels, bolts, and bolt handles along with a hollow bolt knob. Mike Dickerson, Field & Stream, "14 Lightweight Hunting Rifles For Every Budget," 18 Feb. 2021 To lessen discoloring, however, stay clear of the left knob or handle on your sink. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Wash Silk at Home Like a Pro," 18 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of knob was in the 15th century

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9 Apr 2021

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“Knob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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 How to pronounce knob (audio) \ adjective

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