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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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 Nanjing is a major node in the Yangtze River Economic Belt, the driving economic force generating more than 40% of China’s GDP. Baker Institute, Forbes, "Chinese Firms Position For An Energy Transition Copper Supercycle," 5 Apr. 2021 But, a swollen node under your armpit can also be mistaken for metastasized cancer in a mammogram, The Post’s Ben Guarino reports. Washington Post, "What to know before heading into your vaccine appointment," 29 Mar. 2021 The situation is a giant headache, given that Suez is the node in the global shipping network with the greatest effect on world trade. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The Suez Canal is the linchpin in the world’s trade network," 26 Mar. 2021 Since every node of transit operations is laid bare, glitches become easier to pinpoint and fix. Poornima Apte, Forbes, "Transportation 2025: Achieving Resilience Amid Profound Change," 1 Mar. 2021 The degree distribution describes how likely a node is to have each degree. Kelsey Houston-edwards, Scientific American, "The Mathematics of How Connections Become Global," 16 Mar. 2021 The mesh router system has access to all three of the Wi-Fi bands, and the company says each node can cover up to 3,000 square feet. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Best of CES 2021: The Most Promising and Exciting Tech This Year," 15 Jan. 2021 Linksys will start selling the AXE8400 this spring or summer, with prices starting at $449.99 for one node. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Best of CES 2021: The Most Promising and Exciting Tech This Year," 15 Jan. 2021 The user's client software will formulate the transaction and send it to a nearby node in the bitcoin network. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Want to really understand how bitcoin works? Here’s a gentle primer," 26 Dec. 2020

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

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15 Apr 2021

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“Node.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/node. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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