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knee

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noun, often attributive \ ˈnē \

Definition of knee

1 a :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

kneed

play \ˈnēd\ adjective
to one's knees
:into a state of submission or defeat

Examples of knee in a Sentence

  1. I fell down and hurt my knee.

  2. She suffered a serious knee injury.

  3. His knees trembled with fear.

  4. He got down on one knee and proposed to her.

  5. His little granddaughter sat on his knee.

  6. Her jeans had holes at the knees.

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Origin and Etymology of knee

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


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knee

verb

Definition of knee

kneed; kneeing
transitive verb
1 :to strike with the knee
2 archaic :to bend the knee to

Examples of knee in a Sentence

  1. His attacker kneed him in the stomach.

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First Known Use of knee

before 12th century



KNEE Defined for English Language Learners

knee

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noun

Definition of knee for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of knee for English Language Learners

  • : to hit (a person) with your knee


KNEE Defined for Kids

knee

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noun \ ˈnē \

Definition of knee for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

knee

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noun \ ˈnē \

medical Definition of knee

1 a :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
2 a :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

kneed

play \ˈnēd\ adjective


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