doorknob

[dawr-nob, dohr-]
noun
the handle or knob by which a door is opened or closed.

Origin:
1840–50; door + knob

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Example sentences
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.
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