noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin nodus knot, node; akin to Middle Irish naidm bond Date: 15th century 1. a. 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 4. a. 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 5. a. 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 d. vertex 1b

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  • Node — (n[=o]d), n. [L. nodus; perh. akin to E. knot. Cf. {Noose}, {Nowed}.] 1. A knot, a knob; a protuberance; a swelling. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: (a) (Astron.) One of the two points where the orbit of a planet, or comet, intersects the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • node — [nəud US noud] n technical [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: nodus knot, node ] 1.) the place on the stem of a plant from which a leaf or branch grows 2.) a place where lines in a network cross or join 3.) a part of a computer network where… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • node — node. См. узел. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Node —   [engl.], Knoten …   Universal-Lexikon

  • node — [ noud ] noun count * ▸ 1 where lines cross/meet ▸ 2 small lump in body ▸ 3 where leaf grows ▸ 4 where two parts meet ▸ 5 in computing 1. ) the place where lines cross or meet, for example on a GRAPH 2. ) MEDICAL a small lump in your body 3. )… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • node — (n.) early 15c., a knot or lump, from L. nodus knot (see NET (Cf. net) (n.)). Originally borrowed c.1400 in Latin form, meaning lump in the flesh. Meaning point of intersection (originally of planetary orbits with the ecliptic) first recorded… …   Etymology dictionary

  • node — / nodule [n] knot, growth bud, bulge, bump, burl, clot, knob, lump, protuberance, swelling, tumor; concepts 471,831 …   New thesaurus

  • node — ► NOUN technical 1) a point in a network at which lines intersect or branch. 2) a computer or other device attached to a network. 3) Botany the part of a plant stem from which one or more leaves emerge. 4) Anatomy a small mass of distinct tissue …   English terms dictionary

  • node — [nōd] n. [L nodus, a knot: see NET1] 1. a knot; knob; swelling 2. a point of concentration; central point 3. Anat. a knotty, localized swelling; protuberance 4. Astron. either of the two diametrically opposite points at which the orbit of a… …   English World dictionary

  • Node — In general, a node is a localised swelling (a knot ) or a point of intersection (a vertex). Node may refer to: In mathematics Node (autonomous system), behaviour for an ordinary differential equation near a critical point Node (graph theory), a… …   Wikipedia

  • Node — Literally a knot, a node is a collection of tissue. For example a lymph node, is a collection of lymphoid tissue. A nodule is a small node, a little collection of tissue. * * * 1. A knob or nodosity; a circumscribed swelling; in anatomy, a… …   Medical dictionary

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