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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The lights also feature City IQ sensor nodes that generate data on things such as pedestrian and vehicle movement, parking activity, the temperature and humidity. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Learn about City of San Diego’s Smart Streetlight program on Tuesday," 4 Sep. 2019 As Witherspoon continued to trot out different expressions of female ambition, each extending from her real-life image like a new node in an elaborate diagram, audiences responded in kind. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Reese Witherspoon Built an Empire Out of Blonde Ambition," 31 July 2019 The goal is to have every resident live within a 20-minute walk of a node, which would be a suitable location for a grocery, coffee shop, housing, transit station and other amenities. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan heads to Met Council. Here’s what’s in it.," 25 June 2019 According to the report, the system could easily have been upgraded by replacing what is known as the firmware in the dozens of nodes, or antennas, that make up the network. New York Times, "The Bug That Crashed New York’s Wireless Network," 24 June 2019 During the beta test, Andile will also manage the nodes, where blockchain transactions are stored and cryptographically verified, using cloud servers rented out from companies like Amazon. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 As these nodes failed, the result was multiple outages across CenturyLink's network. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "How malformed packets caused CenturyLink’s 37-hour, nationwide outage," 19 Aug. 2019 In 2021, Intel expects to transition to the 7nm manufacturing process node, an aggressive change of pace that will put Intel back on the pace of change defined by Moore’s Law, Swan said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel will increase low-end CPU production now that its 10nm Ice Lake transition is complete," 25 July 2019 Saturn and Pluto align with the south node showing a release of the structures which have held you back in the past. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eclipse Season July 2019 and What it Means for You," 2 July 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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