doorknob

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Doorknob

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From door +‎ knob.

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doorknob ‎(plural doorknobs)

  1. A circular device attached to a door, the rotation of which permits the unlatching of the door.
    • 2012 March 1, Henry Petroski, “Opening Doors”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, page 112-3:
      A doorknob of whatever roundish shape is effectively a continuum of levers, with the axis of the latching mechanism—known as the spindle—being the fulcrum about which the turning takes place.

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