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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Node  \Node\,  n.  [L.  nodus;  perh.  akin  to  E.  knot.  Cf  {Noose}, 
  {Nowed}.] 
  1.  A  knot,  a  knob;  a  protuberance;  a  swelling. 
 
  2.  Specifically: 
  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 
  {Acnode}. 
  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  (Zo["o]l.)  A  swelling. 
 
  {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 
  tail. 
 
  {Line  of  nodes},  a  straight  line  joining  the  two  nodes  of  an 
  orbit. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  node 
  n  1:  a  connecting  point  at  which  several  lines  come  together 
  2:  any  thickened  enlargement  [syn:  {knob}] 
  3:  (astronomy)  a  point  where  an  orbit  crosses  a  plane 
  4:  the  source  of  lymph  and  lymphocytes  [syn:  {lymph  node},  {lymph 
  gland}] 
  5:  any  bulge  or  swelling  of  an  anatomical  structure  or  part 
  6:  (computer  science)  any  computer  that  is  hooked  up  to  a 
  computer  network  [syn:  {client},  {guest}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  node  n.  1.  [Internet,  UUCP]  A  host  machine  on  the  network.  2. 
  [MS-DOS  BBSes]  A  dial-in  line  on  a  BBS.  Thus  an  MS-DOS  {sysop}  might 
  say  that  his  BBS  has  4  nodes  even  though  it  has  a  single  machine  and  no 
  Internet  link,  confusing  an  Internet  hacker  no  end 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  node 
 
  1.  A  point  or  vertex  in  a  {graph}. 
 
  2.  An  addressable  device  attached  to  a  computer  {network}. 
  More  often  called  a  "host". 
 
  3.  A  {hypertext}  document. 
 
 




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