Etymology
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knob (n.)

late 14c., knobe, probably from a Scandinavian or German source (compare Middle Low German knobbe "knob," Middle Dutch cnoppe, Dutch knop, Old Frisian knopp, knapp, Old High German knopf, German Knopf "button," Old Norse knyfill "short horn"). Meaning "knoll, isolated round hill" is first recorded 1640s, especially in U.S. For pronunciation, see kn-.

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Definitions of knob

knob (n.)
a circular rounded projection or protuberance;
Synonyms: boss
knob (n.)
a round handle;
knob (n.)
any thickened enlargement;
Synonyms: node / thickening
knob (n.)
an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger;
Synonyms: pommel
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