Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- Rhymes: -əʊd
node (plural nodes)
- A knot, knob, protuberance or swelling.
- (astronomy) The point where the orbit of a planet, as viewed from the Sun, intersects the ecliptic. The ascending and descending nodes refer respectively to the points where the planet moves from S to N and N to S. The respective symbols are ☊ and ☋.
- (botany) A stem node.
- (computer networking) A computer or other device attached to a network.
- (computing theory) A vertex or a leaf in a graph of a network, or other element in a data structure.
- (engineering) The point at which the lines of a funicular machine meet from different angular directions; -- called also knot.
- (geometry) The point at which a curve crosses itself, being a double point of the curve. See Crunode, and Acnode.
- (graph theory) A vertex of a graph.
- (medicine) A hard concretion or incrustation which forms upon bones attacked with rheumatism, gout, or syphilis; sometimes also, a swelling in the neighborhood of a joint.
- (music) One of the fixed points of a sonorous string, when it vibrates by aliquot parts, and produces the harmonic tones; nodal line or point.
- (rare) The knot, intrigue, or plot of a piece.
- (technical) A hole in the gnomon of a sundial, through which passes the ray of light which marks the hour of the day, the parallels of the Sun's declination, his place in the ecliptic, etc.
- vocative singular of nōdus