knee

noun, often attributive
\ ˈnē How to pronounce knee (audio) \

Definition of knee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a joint in the middle part of the human leg that is the articulation between the femur, tibia, and patella also : the part of the leg that includes this joint
b(1) : the joint in the hind leg of a four-footed vertebrate that corresponds to the human knee
(2) : the carpal joint of the foreleg of a four-footed vertebrate
c : the tarsal joint of a bird
d : the joint between the femur and tibia of an insect
2 : something resembling the human knee: such as
a : a piece of timber naturally or artificially bent for use in supporting structures coming together at an angle (such as the deck beams of a ship)
b : a rounded or conical process rising from the roots of various swamp-growing trees cypress knee
3 : the part of a garment covering the knee
4 : a blow with the bent knee
to one's knees
: into a state of submission or defeat

knee

verb
kneed; kneeing

Definition of knee (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to strike with the knee
2 archaic : to bend the knee to

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Other Words from knee

Noun

kneed \ ˈnēd How to pronounce kneed (audio) \ adjective

Examples of knee in a Sentence

Noun

I fell down and hurt my knee. She suffered a serious knee injury. His knees trembled with fear. He got down on one knee and proposed to her. His little granddaughter sat on his knee. Her jeans had holes at the knees.

Verb

His attacker kneed him in the stomach.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Playing one man short, the Sox had another stroke of bad luck in the first inning when Yoan Moncada was hit in the right knee by a Sale pitch. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Tim Anderson is headed to the injured list with a high ankle sprain; Yoan Moncada suffers a bruised knee," 26 June 2019 Later in the night, in front of the whole club, Jake gets down on one knee and proposes to Tana. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul's Relationship," 25 June 2019 Fox was also wearing a black and white or blue and white checkered waist-length jacket, maroon flared jeans with a yellow patch on one knee, and brown sandals with a heel strap. Fox News, "New Jersey cold case includes ransom phone call that said 'your daughter's life is the buttered topping'," 25 June 2019 For months, Wang has been beset by skin rashes, migraines, back pain from sleeping on the ground, and arthritis in his knee. Laura Dean, The New Yorker, "The Threat of War Brings New Fears to an American Hostage in Iran," 24 June 2019 At some point during the altercation, someone opened fire, wounding one of the men in the right thigh and the second in the right knee. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "3 men found wounded after overnight shooting near Big T Bazaar in Oak Cliff," 22 June 2019 Lynx forward Jessica Shepard had surgery Thursday to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, the team announced. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Lynx rookie Jessica Shepard has surgery to repair torn ACL," 20 June 2019 Durant suffered a torn right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, and Thompson sustained a torn ACL in his left knee in Game 6. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors expected to offer injured Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson full max contracts," 14 June 2019 Curry walked away slowly, hands on his head on a night Splash Brother Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and departed with 30 points. Janie Mccauley, Anchorage Daily News, "Toronto survives thriller of a Game 6 to win NBA title, denying Golden State Warriors a three-peat," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Batista has made changes in his department's use-of-force policy after a series of videos showing his officers punching, kicking or kneeing people were publicly released. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 19 June 2019 In Maryland, under a unique arrangement with federal authorities, hospital rates for everything from delivering babies to knee replacements are regulated and the overall amount of revenue generated from patients services is capped. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "University of Maryland Medical Center withdraws request to boost patient rates," 13 June 2019 In one, the video showed officers kneeing and punching an unarmed man repeatedly. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Mesa police unions cast vote of no confidence against Chief Ramon Batista," 5 June 2019 Thomas Hawthorne, The Arizona Republic The Mesa Police Department released a video Tuesday showing a police officer repeatedly punching and kneeing a man while other officers also surround the man. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Mesa officers on leave after video shows man being punched," 5 June 2018 Mesa Police Department The Mesa Police Department released additional video Wednesday that provides greater insight into what led police officers to punch and knee an unarmed man late last month. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Mesa police release body camera footage of officers throwing punches at unarmed man," 6 June 2018 While the original Cary dress worn by the model features much more extreme thigh-high slits, Meghan’s own piece has clearly been adjusted to knee heigh—probably to adhere to royal protocol and expectations, and to avoid any annoying eyebrow-raises. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "How Meghan Markle Altered Her Veronica Beard Shirt Dress so it Would Adhere to Royal Protocol," 26 Oct. 2018 The Cyclones also committed just eight turnovers against the league's leader in turnover margin despite missing point guard Nick Weiler-Babb to knee tendinitis. USA TODAY, "Iowa State rolls past No. 15 West Virginia 93-77," 31 Jan. 2018 The department was already reeling after surveillance footage emerged of officers punching and kneeing an unarmed man in a May 23 arrest. Ray Sanchez And Keith Allen, CNN, "Mesa, Arizona, police video shows officers punch, mock suspect," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of knee

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for knee

Noun

Middle English, from Old English cnēow; akin to Old High German kneo knee, Latin genu, Greek gony

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knee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of knee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the joint that bends at the middle of your leg
: the upper part of your leg when you are sitting
: the part that covers the knee on a pair of pants

knee

verb

English Language Learners Definition of knee (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit (a person) with your knee

knee

noun
\ ˈnē How to pronounce knee (audio) \

Kids Definition of knee

1 : the joint or region in which the thigh and lower leg come together
2 : the part of a garment covering the knee
3 : lap entry 1 She sat on my knee.

knee

noun
\ ˈnē How to pronounce knee (audio) \

Medical Definition of knee

1a : a joint in the middle part of the human leg that is the articulation between the femur, tibia, and patella

called also knee joint

b : the part of the leg that includes this joint
2a : the joint in the hind leg of a 4-footed vertebrate that corresponds to the human knee
b : the carpal joint of the foreleg of a 4-footed vertebrate

Other Words from knee

kneed \ ˈnēd How to pronounce kneed (audio) \ adjective

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