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Meaning of node by Wiktionary Dictionary




    1. New Oxford Dictionary of English

    See also

    • NOAD
    • ODE


Explanation of node by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. any computer that is hooked up to a computer network

    2. any bulge or swelling of an anatomical structure or part

    3. the source of lymph and lymphocytes

    4. a point where an orbit crosses a plane

    5. the point of minimum displacement in a periodic system

    6. the small swelling that is the part of a plant stem from which one or more leaves emerge

    7. any thickened enlargement

    8. a connecting point at which several lines come together

    Definition of node by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Node ( nōd ), n. [L. nodus; perh. akin to E. knot. Cf. Noose, Nowed.]
      1. A knot, a knob; a protuberance; a swelling.

      2. Specifically: ( Astron. ) One of the two points where the orbit of a planet, or comet, intersects the ecliptic, or the orbit of a satellite intersects the plane of the orbit of its primary. ( Bot. ) The joint of a stem, or the part where a leaf or several leaves are inserted. ( Dialing ) 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. ( Geom. ) The point at which a curve crosses itself, being a double point of the curve. See Crunode, and Acnode. ( Mech. ) The point at which the lines of a funicular machine meet from different angular directions; -- called also knot. W. R. Johnson. ( Poet. ) The knot, intrigue, or plot of a piece. ( Med. ) 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. Dunglison. ( Mus ) One of the fixed points of a sonorous string,
      when it vibrates by aliquot parts, and produces the harmonic tones; nodal line or point. ( Zool. ) A swelling.

      3. ( Math., Computers ) A special point in a graph or diagram which is attached to other points by links. It is often labeled and represented graphically as a box or circle. A node may represent any object which is related to other objects in a conceptual structure that can be represented as a graph, the relations being represented as links between the nodes.

      4. ( Anat. ) A small mass of tissue differing from other tissue in its immediate vicinity; as, “a lymph node”.

      Ascending node ( Astron. ), the node at which the body is passing northerly, marked with the symbol , called the Dragon's head. Called also northern node. -- Descending node, the node at which the body is moving southwardly, marked thus , called Dragon's tail. -- Line of nodes, a straight line joining the two nodes of an orbit.