Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small decorative knob or boss.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small rounded projection; a stud; a button; a knob.
  • noun A bud.
  • noun Eccles., a bulb on the stem of a chalice for convenience in holding it. It is found in some of the earliest known chalices.
  • noun In architecture, same as knob.
  • noun A large tub. [Prov. Eng.]
  • To adorn with buttons, knobs, or projections of any sort.
  • noun A loop or tuft in two- (or more) ply yarn produced in doubling for ornamental purposes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A knob; a bud; a bunch; a button.
  • noun (Arch.) Any boldly projecting sculptured ornament; esp., the ornamental termination of a pinnacle, and then synonymous with finial; -- called also knob, and knosp.
  • noun (Bot.) the bur reed (Sparganium); -- so called from its globular clusters of seed vessels.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A knob, usually ornamental

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English knop, knoppe, from Old English cnop.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English cnoppa

Examples

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  • A usually bulbous part of the stem of a glass, hollow or solid, used either singly or in groups, placed contiguously or with intermediate spacing. Also, the finial at the center of a lid.

    November 9, 2007

  • One hand clutched at his lapel, the other fingered the diamond knop of his cane.

    - Bruce Chatwin, The Viceroy of Ouidah

    September 20, 2019