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

  • n. A small decorative knob or boss.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A knob, usually ornamental

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A knob; a bud; a bunch; a button.
  • n. Any boldly projecting sculptured ornament; esp., the ornamental termination of a pinnacle, and then synonymous with finial; -- called also knob, and knosp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


Middle English knopp, knoppe, from Old English cnop.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English cnoppa (Wiktionary)



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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