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English Dictionary: node by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a connecting point at which several lines come together
  2. any thickened enlargement
    Synonym(s): node, knob, thickening
  3. (botany) the small swelling that is the part of a plant stem from which one or more leaves emerge
    Synonym(s): node, leaf node
  4. (physics) the point of minimum displacement in a periodic system
    Antonym(s): antinode
  5. (astronomy) a point where an orbit crosses a plane
  6. the source of lymph and lymphocytes
    Synonym(s): 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
    Synonym(s): node, client, guest
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Node \Node\, n. [L. nodus; perh. akin to E. knot. Cf. {Noose},
      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
            (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[94]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
      {Line of nodes}, a straight line joining the two nodes of an

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 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 (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      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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