node: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (nōd), [key]
— n.
  1. a knot, protuberance, or knob.
  2. a centering point of component parts.
  3. a knotlike mass of tissue: lymph node.
  4. circumscribed swelling.
    1. a joint in a stem.
    2. a part of a stem that normally bears a leaf.
  5. knot (def. 12).
  6. a point on a curve or surface at which there can be more than one tangent line or tangent plane.
  7. a point, line, or region in a standing wave at which there is relatively little or no vibration.
  8. either of the two points at which the orbit of a heavenly body intersects a given plane, esp. the plane of the ecliptic or of the celestial equator. Cf.
  9. an element of a tree diagram that represents a constituent of a linguistic construction.
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  12. nodus.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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