knuckle

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1knuck·le

noun \ˈnə-kəl\

: any one of the thick, bony parts (called joints) in your fingers

: a piece of meat that includes a joint from the leg of an animal

Full Definition of KNUCKLE

1
a :  the rounded prominence formed by the ends of the two adjacent bones at a joint —used especially of those at the joints of the fingers
b :  the joint of a knuckle
2
:  a cut of meat consisting of the tarsal or carpal joint with the adjoining flesh
3
:  something resembling a knuckle: as
a (1) :  one of the joining parts of a hinge through which a pin or rivet passes
(2) :  knuckle joint
b :  the meeting of two surfaces at a sharp angle (as in a roof)
c :  a pivotal point
4
plural :  a set of metal finger rings or guards attached to a transverse piece and worn over the front of the doubled fist for use as a weapon —called also brass knuckles
knuck·led adjective

Examples of KNUCKLE

  1. She rapped her knuckles on the table.

Origin of KNUCKLE

Middle English knokel; akin to Middle High German knöchel knuckle
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

Rhymes with KNUCKLE

2knuckle

verb
knuck·ledknuck·ling \ˈnə-k(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of KNUCKLE

intransitive verb
:  to place the knuckles on the ground in shooting a marble
transitive verb
:  to press or rub with the knuckles

First Known Use of KNUCKLE

1740

Rhymes with KNUCKLE

knuck·le

noun \ˈnək-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of KNUCKLE

1
a : the rounded prominence formed by the ends of the two adjacent bones at a joint—used especially of those at the joints of the fingers b : the joint of a knuckle
2
: a sharply flexed loop of intestines incarcerated in a hernia

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