Knee breeches
Knee Knee (n[=e]), n. [OE. kne, cneo, As. cne['o], cne['o]w; akin to OS. knio, kneo, OFries. kn[=i], G. & D. knie, OHG. chniu, chneo, Icel. kn[=e], Sw. kn["a], Dan. kn[ae], Goth. kniu, L. genu, Gr. go`ny, Skr. j[=a]nu, [root]231. Cf. {Genuflection}.] 1. In man, the joint in the middle part of the leg. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) (a) The joint, or region of the joint, between the thigh and leg. (b) In the horse and allied animals, the carpal joint, corresponding to the wrist in man. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mech. & Shipbuilding) A piece of timber or metal formed with an angle somewhat in the shape of the human knee when bent. [1913 Webster]

4. A bending of the knee, as in respect or courtesy. [1913 Webster]

Give them title, knee, and approbation. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Knee breeches}. See under {Breeches}.

{Knee holly}, {Knee holm} (Bot.), butcher's broom.

{Knee joint}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Knee timber}, timber with knees or angles in it.

{Knee tribute}, or {Knee worship}, tribute paid by kneeling; worship by genuflection. [Obs.] ``Knee tribute yet unpaid.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Knee breeches — Breeches Breech es (br[i^]ch [e^]z), n. pl. [OE. brech, brek, AS. br[=e]k, pl. of br[=o]c breech, breeches; akin to Icel. br[=o]k breeches, ODan. brog, D. broek, G. bruch; cf. L. bracae, braccae, which is of Celtic origin. Cf. {Brail}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knee-breeches — kneeˈ breeches plural noun Breeches extending to just below the knee • • • Main Entry: ↑knee …   Useful english dictionary

  • knee breeches — n. BREECHES (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • knee breeches — knee .breeches n [plural] tight trousers that end at your knee, worn especially in the past …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • knee breeches — knee ,breeches noun plural pants that cover only as far down as your knees, worn by men in the past …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • knee breeches — knee′ breech es n. pl. clo breeches 1) • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • knee breeches — breeches (def. 1). [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • knee breeches — noun trousers ending above the knee • Syn: ↑breeches, ↑knee pants, ↑knickerbockers, ↑knickers • Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • knee breeches — /ˈni brɪtʃəz/ (say nee brichuhz) plural noun breeches reaching to or just below the knee …   Australian English dictionary

  • knee breeches — plural noun historical short trousers fastened at or just below the knee …   English new terms dictionary

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