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 The software error again routed re-registration attempts to the last node on record, which was likely already experiencing severe congestion. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "T-Mobile screwups caused nationwide outage, but FCC isn’t punishing carrier," 23 Oct. 2020 Also, this system does not require any node to be trustworthy, thus removing any security-sapping weak links. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Physicists Create City-Sized Ultrasecure Quantum Network," 3 Sep. 2020 Philadelphia activism is only one node in the web of what ordinary people may be willing to do to defend themselves as public officials waste precious time. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "Voting Trump Out Is Not Enough," 9 Nov. 2020 Instead of dropping a packet (and losing all or part of the message) when the next link in the chain goes dark, an intermediate node in a DTN saves the packet until the next connection comes back online. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "The moon will soon have cell service," 22 Oct. 2020 What's remarkable this time, the only node in the system that isn't really working well in terms of election defense is Capitol Hill and the White House this time. CBS News, "Former FBI special agent analyzes election threat posed by Russia, China and Iran," 28 Oct. 2020 The core idea is to delegate responsibility to every node (device) in the network, not just the end points. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "The moon will soon have cell service," 22 Oct. 2020 This wouldn't be a problem if AT&T deployed fiber-to-the-home or fiber-to-the-node in these areas, but the company is meeting its obligations with wireless service. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T has trouble figuring out where it offers government-funded Internet," 13 Oct. 2020 This may be driven by stronger-than-expected 5-nanometer A14 chipset orders from Apple and mature-node chips, in addition to rush orders from Huawei. Chris Horton, Bloomberg.com, "TSMC Leads Chipmakers’ Sales Surge Ahead of New iPhones," 8 Oct. 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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28 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Node.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/node. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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node

noun
How to pronounce node (audio)

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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