Knead Knead (n[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kneaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Kneading}.] [OE. kneden, As. cnedan; akin to D. kneden, G. kneten, Sw. kn[*a]da, Icel. kno[eth]a; cf. OSlav. gnesti.] 1. To work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; esp., to work, as by repeated pressure with the knuckles, into a well mixed mass, as the materials of bread, cake, etc.; as, to knead dough. [1913 Webster]

The kneading, the making of the cake, the heating of the oven, and the baking. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: To treat or form as by kneading; to beat. [1913 Webster]

I will knead him : I'll make him supple. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To press repeatedly with the hands or knuckles, sometimes with a twisting or squeezing motion; -- performed for example on the body of a person as a form of massage. [PJC]

{Kneading trough}, a trough or tray in which dough is kneaded. --Ex. viii. 3. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • knead — (v.) O.E. cnedan to knead, from P.Gmc. *knedanan (Cf. O.S. knedan, M.Du. cneden, Du. kneden, O.H.G. knetan, Ger. kneten, O.N. knoða to knead ). Originally a strong verb (past tense cnæd, pp. cneden) …   Etymology dictionary

  • knead — [ni:d] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: cnedan] 1.) to press a mixture of flour and water many times with your hands ▪ Knead the dough for three minutes. 2.) to press someone s muscles many times to help cure pain or to help someone relax …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • knead — [ nid ] verb transitive 1. ) to prepare DOUGH or clay by pressing it continuously: Knead the dough until smooth. 2. ) to rub or press someone s muscles hard …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • knead — [v] mix by pressing aerate, alter, blend, form, manipulate, massage, mold, ply, press, push, rub, shape, squeeze, stroke, twist, work; concepts 170,208 …   New thesaurus

  • knead — ► VERB 1) work (dough or clay) with the hands. 2) massage as if kneading. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • knead — [nēd] vt. [ME kneden < OE cnedan, akin to Ger kneten < IE * gnet , to press together < base * gen , to form into a ball, pinch, compress > KNOT1, KNOB] 1. to mix and work (dough, clay, etc.) into a pliable mass by folding over,… …   English World dictionary

  • knead — [[t]ni͟ːd[/t]] kneads, kneading, kneaded 1) VERB When you knead dough or other food, you press and squeeze it with your hands so that it becomes smooth and ready to cook. [V n] Lightly knead the mixture on a floured surface. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • knead — UK [niːd] / US [nɪd] verb [transitive] Word forms knead : present tense I/you/we/they knead he/she/it kneads present participle kneading past tense kneaded past participle kneaded 1) to prepare dough or clay by pressing it continuously Knead the… …   English dictionary

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