node

noun \ ˈnōd \

Definition of node

1 a :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
4 a :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
5 a :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
d :vertex 1b

Examples of node in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of node

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

node Synonyms


NODE Defined for English Language Learners

node

noun

Definition of node for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

node

noun \ ˈnōd \

Definition of node for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

node

noun \ ˈnōd \

medical Definition of node

1 a :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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