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[nelt] /nɛlt/

a simple past tense and past participle of .
[neel] /nil/
verb (used without object), knelt or kneeled, kneeling.
to go down or rest on the knees or a knee.
the action or position of kneeling.
a past tense and past participle of kneel
verb kneels, kneeling, knelt, kneeled
(intransitive) to rest, fall, or support oneself on one’s knees
the act or position of kneeling

Old English cneowlian, from cneow (see knee (n.)); cf. Middle Low German knelen, Middle Dutch cnielen, Dutch knielen Gothic knussjan. Past tense knelt is a modern formation (19c.) on analogy of feel/felt, etc. Related: Kneeling.


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