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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But with the turn of a knob on that television set, his mother heard the gospel for the first time. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Three college athletes, one coach, all pastors at same Greenfield church," 11 July 2019 Other details include authentic vintage door knobs and hinges, restored double-hung windows, and reproduction light fixtures. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Towering 1887 Queen Anne asks $1.3M," 9 July 2019 Outside the freezer, Slichter’s team hits keys and turns knobs to bat the ion around with electric pulses. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "Physicists Hack the Uncertainty Principle to See an Ion Wiggle," 20 June 2019 Mitsubishi hasn’t released photos of the interior yet, but the company said the cabin benefits from new quilted leather upholstery, new front seats, some different switches and knobs, and a new gauge cluster. Joseph Capparella, Car and Driver, "2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gets Powertrain Tweaks, Updated Styling," 22 Feb. 2018 Ball cabinet knob and Massey bin pull; both from rejuvenation.com. Country Living, "2015 Country Living Makeover Takeover: Buying Guide," 18 June 2015 Door knob and lock to business broken with large rock. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Towson-area crime: unlocked vehicle thefts in Towson, burglaries in Cockeysville precinct," 25 June 2019 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

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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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