[syn: node, client, guest]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Node \Node\ (n[=o]d), n. [L. nodus; perh. akin to E. knot. Cf.
1. A knot, a knob; a protuberance; a swelling.
(a) (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.
(b) (Bot.) The joint of a stem, or the part where a leaf
or several leaves are inserted.
(c) (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.
(d) (Geom.) The point at which a curve crosses itself,
being a double point of the curve. See Crunode, and
(e) (Mech.) The point at which the lines of a funicular
machine meet from different angular directions; --
called also knot. --W. R. Johnson.
(f) (Poet.) The knot, intrigue, or plot of a piece.
(g) (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.
(h) (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.
(i) (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 [astascending],
called the Dragon's head. Called also northern node.
Descending node, the node at which the body is moving
southwardly, marked thus [astdescending], called Dragon's
Line of nodes, a straight line joining the two nodes of an
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a connecting point at which several lines come together
2: any thickened enlargement [syn: node, knob, thickening]
3: (botany) the small swelling that is the part of a plant stem
from which one or more leaves emerge [syn: node, leaf
4: (physics) the point of minimum displacement in a periodic
system [ant: antinode]
5: (astronomy) a point where an orbit crosses a plane
6: the source of lymph and lymphocytes [syn: lymph node,
lymph gland, node]
7: any bulge or swelling of an anatomical structure or part
8: (computer science) any computer that is hooked up to a
computer network [syn: node, client, guest]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
70 Moby Thesaurus words for "node":
Gordian knot, amplitude, antinode, block, body, cake, clump,
cluster, concrete, concretion, conglomerate, conglomeration, crest,
crux, de Broglie wave, diffraction, dilemma,
electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, enigma, frequency,
frequency band, frequency spectrum, guided wave, in phase,
interference, knot, knotty point, light, longitudinal wave, lump,
mass, mechanical wave, nodosity, nodulation, nodule, nodulus,
nodus, nonplus, out of phase, oxymoron, paradox, period,
periodic wave, perplexity, pons asinorum, poser, puzzle, quandary,
radio wave, ray, reinforcement, resonance, resonance frequency,
seismic wave, shock wave, solid, solid body, sound wave,
surface wave, teaser, tidal wave, transverse wave, trough,
vexed question, wave, wave equation, wave motion, wave number,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
1. A point or vertex in a graph.
2. network node.
3. A hypertext document.