knee·​cap | \ ˈnē-ˌkap How to pronounce kneecap (audio) \

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Choking off connectivity infuriates people and kneecaps economies. The Economist, "The global gag on free speech is tightening," 15 Aug. 2019 One person had broken her wrist, another fractured his kneecap. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "There Was No Gunfire in Times Square. But the Panic Was Still Real.," 7 Aug. 2019 Brewers at Cardinals: Key Injuries Brewers: RF Christian Yelich is out for the season after breaking his kneecap Tuesday. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals odds, picks and best bets," 15 Sep. 2019 Milwaukee Brewers President of Baseball operations and general manager David Stearns delivers the news that Christian Yelich suffered a fractured right kneecap in Tuesday's game against the Florida Marlins. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christian Yelich's season ends after he suffers fractured right kneecap," 11 Sep. 2019 Then on Tuesday night, the Brewers — a team with an even softer remaining schedule than what the Diamondbacks have left — lost their best player, Christian Yelich, to a fractured right kneecap. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks drop another game to New York Mets in crucial series," 10 Sep. 2019 Richburg struggled all year and battled through a leg injury which required offseason surgery to reattach his quadriceps to his kneecap. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Will 49ers offensive line be at full strength to protect Garoppolo?," 7 Sep. 2019 The car’s driver, 27-year-old Simon Robles of San Leandro, remains hospitalized with a possible broken kneecap, Monahan said. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Police: Piedmont theft suspects injured when getaway car crashes in Oakland," 24 Aug. 2019 Clifton could begin the year in the Bruins’ lineup, with fellow right-sider Kevan Miller recovering from a broken kneecap and other injuries, and depth defenseman John Moore, a lefty, out with a shoulder injury. Matt Porter,, "On opening day of NHL free agency, Bruins lose Noel Acciari to the Panthers amid a flurry of activity," 1 July 2019

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of kneecap

: a flat bone on the front of your knee


knee·​cap | \ ˈnē-ˌkap How to pronounce kneecap (audio) \

Kids Definition of kneecap

: a thick flat movable bone forming the front part of the knee


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