node

noun
\ ˈnōd How to pronounce node (audio) \

Definition of node

1a : a pathological swelling or enlargement (as of a rheumatic joint)
b : a discrete mass of one kind of tissue enclosed in tissue of a different kind
2 : an entangling complication (as in a drama) : predicament
3 : either of the two points where the orbit of a planet or comet intersects the ecliptic also : either of the points at which the orbit of an earth satellite crosses the plane of the equator
4a : a point, line, or surface of a vibrating body or system that is free or relatively free from vibratory motion
b : a point at which a wave has an amplitude of zero
5a : a point at which subsidiary parts originate or center
b : a point on a stem at which a leaf or leaves are inserted
c : a point at which a curve intersects itself in such a manner that the branches have different tangents

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Synonyms for node

Synonyms

bump, knot, lump, nodule, swelling

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Examples of node in a Sentence

the doctor examined the node on my knee before deciding it was the result of arthritis

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What Intel’s processor shortages mean for you Swan told analysts that part of Intel’s inability to meet expectations has come as the company has struggled to transition to the 10nm manufacturing node. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel addresses processor shortages, CEO hunt after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter results," 24 Jan. 2019 His spidery nodes and the graceful arcing lines that join them connect many shady characters and organizations, but only superficially. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy’ Review: Paranoid Imaginings," 24 Sep. 2018 The architects designed the 3,200-square-foot house around a central node that forks into three separate arms, each with a large window and distinct view. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Concrete house blends into the woods with black exterior, green roof," 10 Aug. 2018 When the sun, Earth, and moon are aligned at a node, voila! Brian Resnick, Vox, "The longest lunar eclipse of the century will be on July 27," 24 July 2018 According to a statement from the Supreme Court, doctors discovered her cancerous nodes while undergoing routine care for her injury. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Voted on Trump's Asylum Reform From Her Hospital Bed," 23 Dec. 2018 The Seattle City Council will at last on Monday take up and start debating a plan that would allow larger buildings and impose affordable-housing requirements in more than two dozen neighborhood nodes. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle City Council starts debate on upzones; here’s how neighborhoods across the city would be affected," 8 Jan. 2019 Lewis’s interest in Rubin, for instance, is in the way his show acts as a node between the most respectable side of the YouTube right (Shapiro) and its more fringe elements (Stefan Molyneux). Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rise of YouTube’s reactionary right," 24 Sep. 2018 Earth is at the center of the coin; the nodes are the two points on the coin's rim that are on the same ecliptic plane as Earth. Joe Rao, Space.com, "Friday the 13th Eclipse Visible to Lucky Few," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of node

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for node

Middle English, from Latin nodus knot, node; akin to Middle Irish naidm bond

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node

noun

English Language Learners Definition of node

technical
: a small lump or mass of tissue in your body
: the small round part on the stem of a plant where a leaf grows
: a place where lines in a network cross or meet

node

noun
\ ˈnōd How to pronounce node (audio) \

Kids Definition of node

: a thickened spot or part (as of a plant stem where a leaf develops)

node

noun
\ ˈnōd How to pronounce node (audio) \

Medical Definition of node

1a : a pathological swelling or enlargement (as of a rheumatic joint)
b : a body part resembling a knot especially : a discrete mass of one kind of tissue enclosed in tissue of a different kind — see atrioventricular node, lymph node
2 : a point, line, or surface of a vibrating body that is free or relatively free of vibratory motion

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