knee-jerk reflex n.
See patellar reflex.
A sudden involuntary forward movement of the lower leg that can be produced by a firm tap to the tendon located just below the kneecap.
Note: The term is loosely applied to any response or belief that is automatic rather than thoughtful. In this sense, it is usually a term of reproach: “Smith is a knee-jerk liberal.”
- Knee joint
knee joint n. A compound condylar joint consisting of the joint between the condyles of the femur and the condyles of the tibia, and the articulation between the femur and the patella.
[neel] /nil/ verb (used without object), knelt or kneeled, kneeling. 1. to go down or rest on the knees or a knee. noun 2. the action or position of kneeling. /niːl/ verb kneels, kneeling, knelt, kneeled 1. (intransitive) to rest, fall, or support oneself on one’s knees noun 2. the act or position of kneeling […]
adjective 1. reaching to the knee: a knee-length skirt, knee-length boots
[nee-ler] /ˈni lər/ noun 1. a person or thing that . 2. a bench, pad, or the like, to on. 3. a stone for supporting inclined masonry, as coping stones. 4. (def 8).