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[dawr-nob, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌnɒb, ˈdoʊr-/
the handle or knob by which a door is opened or closed.
1840-50; door + knob Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • He was sitting fixed, chilled, when the doorknob turned.
  • Projecting laser beams through a crystal doorknob creates dripping swirls of red, green, and blue light.
  • Software-based setup easier to handle than a doorknob.
  • You've seized on this doorknob, and there's a paradigm of the cosmic experience of doorknob-ness.
  • One useful thing that you've discovered in your bumbling about is a metal doorknob set at waist level into what might be a door.
  • Put your own hand on a doorknob close by, and turn it.
  • Also look for a doorknob and look at your hand as you turn it.
  • Desperately, as he heard footsteps coming from above, he used a screwdriver to remove the doorknob.
  • Still in bed, replace pajamas with the two damp swimsuits drying on the bedroom doorknob and pull them up halfway.
  • Examples include bicycle wheels, roller skates, and a doorknob.
Word Origin and History for doorknob

1847, American English, from door + knob.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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