Anatomy. 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.
Zoology. the corresponding joint or region in the hind leg of a quadruped; stifle.
a joint or region likened to this but not anatomically homologous with it, as the tarsal joint of a bird, the carpal joint in the forelimb of the horse or cow, etc.
the part of a garment covering the knee.
something resembling a bent knee, especially a rigid or braced angle between two framing members.
Also called hip, shoulder. Furniture. the inward curve toward the top of a cabriole leg.
Also called kneeler. a stone cut to follow a sharp return angle.
verb (used with object), kneed, kneeing.
to strike or touch with the knee.
to secure (a structure, as a bent) with a knee.
verb (used without object), kneed, kneeing.
Obsolete. to go down on the knees; kneel.
bring someone to his / her knees, to force someone into submission or compliance.
cut (someone) off at the knees, to squelch or humiliate (a person) suddenly and thoroughly:
The speaker cut the heckler off at the knees.
on one’s / its knees,
the joint of the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella Technical name genu, related adjective genicular
a corresponding or similar part in other vertebrates
the part of a garment that covers the knee
the upper surface of a seated person’s thigh: the child sat on her mother’s knee
anything resembling a knee in action, such as a device pivoted to allow one member angular movement in relation to another
anything resembling a knee in shape, such as an angular bend in a pipe
any of the hollow rounded protuberances that project upwards from the roots of the swamp cypress: thought to aid respiration in waterlogged soil
bend the knee, bow the knee, to kneel or submit
bring someone to his knees, to force someone into submission
bring something to its knees, to cause something to be in a weakened or impoverished state
verb knees, kneeing, kneed
(transitive) to strike, nudge, or push with the knee
Old English cneo, cneow “knee,” from Proto-Germanic *knewam (cf. Old Norse kne, Old Saxon kneo, Old Frisian kni, Middle Dutch cnie, Dutch knie, Old High German kniu, German Knie, Gothic kniu), from PIE root *g(e)neu- (cf. Sanskrit janu, Avestan znum, Hittite genu “knee;” Greek gony “knee,” gonia “corner, angle;” Latin genu “knee”). Knee-slapper “funny joke” is from 1955.
early 13c., “to bend the knee, kneel,” from Old English cneowian, from cneow (see knee (n.)). The meaning “to strike with the knee” is first recorded 1892. Related: Kneed; kneeing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with
[nee-deep] /ˈniˈdip/ adjective 1. reaching the knees: knee-deep mud. 2. submerged or covered up to the knees: knee-deep in water. 3. deeply embroiled; enmeshed; involved: knee-deep in trouble. adjective 1. so deep as to reach or cover the knees: knee-deep mud 2. (postpositive) often foll by in adj. 1530s, from knee (n.) + deep (adj.). […]
- Knee drop
noun 1. a wrestling attack in which a wrestler lifts his opponent and drops him onto his bent knee
[adjective nee-hahy; noun nee-hahy] /adjective ˈniˈhaɪ; noun ˈniˌhaɪ/ adjective 1. as high as the knees. noun 2. knee-highs, Also, knee highs, knee-hi’s, knee his. socks, stockings, or boots that cover the lower legs to just below the knees. adjective 1. another word for knee-deep (sense 1) 2. as high as the knee: a knee-high child […]
- Knee-elbow position
knee-elbow position n. A prone position in which the patient rests on the knees and elbows, assumed for a rectal or gynecologic examination or an operation. Also called genucubital position.