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1 a connecting point at which several lines come together
2 any thickened enlargement [syn: knob, thickening]
3 (physics) the point of minimum displacement in a periodic system [ant: antinode]
4 (astronomy) a point where an orbit crosses a plane
5 the source of lymph and lymphocytes [syn: lymph node, lymph gland]
6 any bulge or swelling of an anatomical structure or part
7 (computer science) any computer that is hooked up to a computer network [syn: client, guest]

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node (plural nodes)
  1. A knot, a knob; a protuberance; a swelling.
  2. The point where the orbit of a planet, as viewed from the sun, intersects the ecliptic. The ascending and descending nodes refer respetively to the points where the planet moves from S to N and N to S. The respective symbols are ☊ and ☋.
  3. The joint of a stem, or the part where a leaf or several leaves are inserted.
  4. A hole in the gnomon of a dial, 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.
  5. The point at which a curve crosses itself, being a double point of the curve. See Crunode, and Acnode.
  6. The point at which the lines of a funicular machine meet from different angular directions; -- called also knot.
  7. The knot, intrigue, or plot of a piece.
  8. 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.
  9. One of the fixed points of a sonorous string, when it vibrates by aliquot parts, and produces the harmonic tones; nodal line or point.
  10. A swelling.
  11. A vertex of a graph.
  12. In the context of "computer networking": A vertex or a leaf in a graph of a network; a computer or other device attached to a network

Related terms


  • In the context of "computer networking": host


vertex of a graph

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Extensive Definition

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Node may also be: Nodal may refer to:

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  • In other languages, the words for some meanings of "node" and "knot" are the same.
node in Catalan: Node
node in German: Knoten
node in Spanish: Nodo
node in French: Nœud
node in Japanese: ノード
node in Latvian: Node
node in Dutch: Node

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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