node

noun

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

Examples of node in a Sentence

the doctor examined the node on my knee before deciding it was the result of arthritis
Recent Examples on the Web Four shiatsu massage nodes dig deep into muscles, helping work out those painful knots and kinks. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 15 July 2024 Legacy chips, also referred to as mature chips or mature nodes, are less advanced semiconductors used in a wide array of electronic devices, ranging from household appliances to electric vehicles. Luba Kassova, Fortune Asia, 5 July 2024 The Cancer Sun squares the lunar nodes on July 2, and the New Moon in Cancer follows closely thereafter on July 5. Steph Koyfman, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 June 2024 These units would be able to communicate with smart traffic signals, road sensors, units on board individual vehicles, and edge and cloud nodes. IEEE Spectrum, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for node 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of node was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Node.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/node. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

node

noun
1
a
: a thickened or swollen enlargement (as of a joint with rheumatism)
b
: a mass of tissue in the body resembling a knot
2
: a point on a stem at which a leaf is inserted

Medical Definition

node

noun
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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