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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But no one can spend their coins twice, because once a transaction is recorded in the ledger, every node in the network will know about it. Klint Finley, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to the Blockchain," 9 July 2019 Some of the details vary from Aldrin’s concept, but the basic elements are the same: nodes in low-Earth orbit and lunar orbit, tugs moving in between, mining propellant from the Moon and relying on smaller launch vehicles. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Buzz Aldrin is looking forward, not back—and he has a plan to bring NASA along," 9 July 2019 The next step would be to transfer quantum states directly between nodes. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time," 19 June 2019 As the first nodes of the internet were being wired together, the Catalog became a paperbound search engine. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019 Download speeds will vary significantly depending on your proximity to one of the carrier’s 5G nodes. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Verizon’s 5G network is coming to Denver today and Providence on July 1st," 27 June 2019 Each member organization has one vote, and the number of voting members and processing nodes is set to increase as Libra grows, with each new user adding cash to the reserve in exchange for Libra. Sam Dean, latimes.com, "Why Facebook wants its own currency — and why that scares its critics," 18 June 2019 The study suggested promoting the development of coordinated commercial nodes at key locations rather than widespread strip commercial development. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "New residential development planned on Aurora's far East Side," 10 June 2019 The system will support 12 concurrent data streams to deliver four times the capacity per node compared to previous Orbi systems. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "Netgear takes its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system to the next level with Wi-Fi 6," 7 Jan. 2019

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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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