knee
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cnēow; akin to Old High German kneo knee, Latin genu, Greek gony Date: before 12th century 1. a. a joint in the middle part of the human leg that is the articulation between the femur, tibia, and patella; also the part of the leg that includes this joint b. (1) the joint in the hind leg of a four-footed vertebrate that corresponds to the human knee (2) the carpal joint of the foreleg of a four-footed vertebrate c. the tarsal joint of a bird d. the joint between the femur and tibia of an insect 2. something resembling the human knee: as a. a piece of timber naturally or artificially bent for use in supporting structures coming together at an angle (as the deck beams of a ship) b. a rounded or conical process rising from the roots of various swamp-growing trees <
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3. the part of a garment covering the knee 4. a blow with the bent knee • kneed adjective II. transitive verb (kneed; kneeing) Date: before 12th century 1. archaic to bend the knee to 2. to strike with the knee

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knee — [nē] n. [ME kne < OE cneow, akin to Ger knie < IE base * ĝeneu > Sans jānu, Gr gony, gonia, L genu, a knee] 1. a) the joint between the thigh and the lower part of the human leg b) the front part of the leg at this joint 2. a joint… …   English World dictionary

  • knee — ► NOUN 1) the joint between the thigh and the lower leg. 2) the upper surface of a person s thigh when sitting. 3) something resembling a knee in shape or position, e.g. an angled piece of wood or metal. ► VERB (knees, kneed, kneeing) ▪ hit with… …   English terms dictionary

  • Knee — (n[=e]), v. t. To supplicate by kneeling. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Fall down, and knee The way into his mercy. Shak [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knee — knee; knee·let; knee·sie; …   English syllables

  • Knee — Infobox Anatomy Name = Knee joints Latin = articulatio genus GraySubject = 93 GrayPage = 339 Caption = Diagram of human knee |Caption2 = Precursor = System = Artery = Vein = Nerve = femoral, obturator, sciatic Lymph = MeshName = Knee MeshNumber …   Wikipedia

  • knee — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ left, right ▪ bony, knobbly, knobby (esp. AmE) ▪ bare ▪ bent …   Collocations dictionary

  • Knee — The knee is a joint which has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the large shin bone (the tibia) to form the main knee joint. This joint has an inner (medial) and an outer (lateral) compartment. The kneecap (the patella) joins the… …   Medical dictionary

  • knee — n. & v. n. 1 a (often attrib.) the joint between the thigh and the lower leg in humans. b the corresponding joint in other animals. c the area around this. d the upper surface of the thigh of a sitting person; the lap (held her on his knee). 2… …   Useful english dictionary

  • knee — /nee/, n., v., kneed, kneeing. n. 1. Anat. the joint of the leg that allows for movement between the femur and tibia and is protected by the patella; the central area of the leg between the thigh and the lower leg. See diag. under skeleton. 2.… …   Universalium

  • knee — knee1 W2S2 [ni:] n [: Old English; Origin: cneow] 1.) the joint that bends in the middle of your leg ▪ Lucy had a bandage round her knee. on your knees ▪ She was on her knees (=kneeling) weeding the garden. sink/fall/drop to your knees (=move so… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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