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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 That means its Alchemist Arc graphics silicon will be made by TSMC on its N6 node. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 19 Aug. 2021 More recently, a continuing shortage of semiconductor chips has highlighted Taiwan’s role as an indispensable node in the global supply chain for the chips, which power everything from iPhones to German cars. Amy Qin And,, 10 Nov. 2021 On the downside, my XT8 node initially refused to update its firmware, which took a couple of attempts to fix. Simon Hill, Wired, 27 Oct. 2021 Almost immediately after entering Venus, Montúfar says the planet will conjunct the south node of the moon, which means one thing: changes are coming. Elizabeth Gulino,, 6 Oct. 2021 If a router fails for whatever reason, traffic simply gets routed via another node in the network. Pavel Krapivin, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The research group investigated whether tech companies had supplanted financial firms as a key node in the economy, and if the economy was growing too dependent on them. New York Times, 23 July 2021 Jamaica long served as a key node in a slave trade network that spanned continents, driven by Spain and then Britain. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 Yet, such a web of trust is a lot easier to establish than relations between one central node and everyone else, notably as distances grow. Kevin Korte, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021

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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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English Language Learners Definition of node

: a small lump or mass of tissue in your body especially : lymph node
: the small round part on the stem of a plant where a leaf grows
: a place where lines in a network cross or meet


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Kids Definition of node

: a thickened spot or part (as of a plant stem where a leaf develops)


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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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