Node meaning

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The definition of a node is a central point, swollen area or a knot.

An example of a node is a knot in a twisted rope.

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(computers) A terminal in a computer network.
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(physics) A point or region of virtually zero amplitude in a wave or periodic system.
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(mathematics) The point at which a continuous curve crosses itself.
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A knot; knob; swelling.
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A point of concentration; central point.
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(anat.) A knotty, localized swelling; protuberance.
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(astron.) Either of the two points at which the orbit of a celestial body intersects a reference plane, as the ecliptic.
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(bot.) That part, or joint, of a stem from which a leaf starts to grow.
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(geom.) The point where a continuous curve crosses or meets itself.
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(physics) The point, line, or surface of a vibrating object, as a string, that is virtually free of vibration.
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(botany) The point on a stem where a leaf is attached or has been attached; a joint.
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(physics) A point or region of virtually zero amplitude in a wave or periodic system.
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(anatomy) A small mass or lump of body tissue that either occurs naturally, as in the case of lymph nodes, or is a result of disease.
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(physics) A point or region of a vibrating or oscillating system, such as the standing wave of a vibrating guitar string, at which the amplitude of the vibration or oscillation is zero. Harmonic frequencies in oscillating systems always have nodes.
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(computer science) A computer or a peripheral that is connected to a network.
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(1) See Node.js.
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A junction point at which two or more circuits interconnect in a data network. A bridge, for example, interconnects two or more segments of a local area network (LAN). See also bridge, circuit, LAN, and network.
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In a switched network, a switching point that comprises a point of interconnection for circuits, a data switch, and control facilities. In the public switched telephone network (PSTN), for example, a great many circuits terminate in a central office (CO) and a tandem office, each of which comprises one or more switches and Signaling System 7 (SS7) network control logic, multiplexers, a wide variety of other devices. See also access node, CO, PSTN, service node, SS7, switch, and tandem switch.
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A device such as a station, bridge, computer, repeater, server, switch, or other device that connects to a network.
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In the IBM Systems Network Architecture (SNA), a physical device such as a computer, communications processor (e.g., FEP), terminal controllers, or terminal. See also SNA.
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Any devices attached to a telecommunications network such as cell phones, computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other network appliances. In the IP domain, any device having an IP address is called a node. Servers in a clustering setting, such as database clusters or Web farms (large installations of Web servers), are also called nodes. About, Inc. Node. [Online, 2004.] About, Inc. Website. http:// compnetworking.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-node.htm.
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Origin of node

  • Middle English lump in the flesh from Latin nōdus knot ned- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition