brass knuckles
Knuckle Knuc"kle, n. [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. kn["o]chel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.] 1. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the closing of the fingers. --Davenant. [1913 Webster]

2. The kneejoint, or middle joint, of either leg of a quadruped, especially of a calf; -- formerly used of the kneejoint of a human being. [1913 Webster]

With weary knuckles on thy brim she kneeled sadly down. --Golding. [1913 Webster]

3. The joint of a plant. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mech.) The joining parts of a hinge through which the pin or rivet passes; a knuckle joint. [1913 Webster]

5. (Shipbuilding) A convex portion of a vessel's figure where a sudden change of shape occurs, as in a canal boat, where a nearly vertical side joins a nearly flat bottom. [1913 Webster]

6. A contrivance, usually of brass or iron, and furnished with points, worn to protect the hand, to add force to a blow, and to disfigure the person struck; -- called also {knuckle duster}, {knuckles} or {brass knuckles}. [Slang.] [1913 Webster]

{Knuckle joint} (Mach.), a hinge joint, in which a projection with an eye, on one piece, enters a jaw between two corresponding projections with eyes, on another piece, and is retained by a pin which passes through the eyes and forms the pivot.

{Knuckle of veal} (Cookery), the lower part of a leg of veal, from the line of the body to the knuckle. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • brass knuckles — knuckles knuc kles n. pl. a small metal weapon, worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand; called also {brass knuckles} and {knuckle duster}. Syn: brass knucks, knucks, brass knuckles, knuckle duster. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brass knuckles — or knucks A weapon worn on the hand for the purposes of offense or defense, so made that in hitting with the fist considerable damage is inflicted. It is called brass knuckles because it was originally made of brass. The term is now used as the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • brass knuckles — or knucks A weapon worn on the hand for the purposes of offense or defense, so made that in hitting with the fist considerable damage is inflicted. It is called brass knuckles because it was originally made of brass. The term is now used as the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • brass knuckles — n [plural] AmE a set of connected metal rings worn over a person s fingers, used as a weapon British Equivalent: knuckleduster …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brass knuckles — noun plural AMERICAN a weapon consisting of a piece of metal that someone wears over their fingers when they PUNCH someone (=hit them with their closed hand) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • brass knuckles — ☆ brass knuckles n. linked metal rings or a metal bar with holes for the fingers, worn for rough fighting …   English World dictionary

  • Brass knuckles — For the album by Nelly, see Brass Knuckles (album). Brass knuckles carried by Abraham Lincoln s bodyguards during his train ride through Baltimore. Brass knuckles, also sometimes called Cocks, Knuckles, knucks, brass knucks, or knuckleduster …   Wikipedia

  • brass knuckles — noun a small metal weapon; worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand • Syn: ↑brass knucks, ↑knucks, ↑knuckles, ↑knuckle duster • Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form • Hypern …   Useful english dictionary

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