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 knee (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 Norman Powell was able to play more than 32 minutes despite a sore right knee. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Gallinari, Bogdanovic lead Hawks past Trail Blazers 123-114," 4 May 2021 Norman Powell was able to play more than 32 minutes despite a sore right knee. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, "Gallinari, Bogdanovic lead Hawks past Trail Blazers 123-114," 3 May 2021 In 2016, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem to protest police violence against blacks. CBS News, "Cancel culture, a new wedge issue," 2 May 2021 In a case drawing comparisons to that of George Floyd, outrage is growing over the death of Mario Gonzalez after an Alameda officer put a knee on his back for more than four minutes in an encounter captured on body-camera video. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: Eli Broad dies," 1 May 2021 One officer is seen putting an elbow on his neck and a knee on his shoulder. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "'Police killed my brother': California police release footage showing officers kneeling on man for 5 minutes before he died," 28 Apr. 2021 One officer complained to two co-workers that the protest would end if the police took a knee with the demonstrators. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "10 takeaways from the inquiry into Huntsville’s racial justice protests and arrests," 28 Apr. 2021 One officer puts an elbow on his neck and a knee on his shoulder. Juliet Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Bodycam video shows Latino man being pinned by California officer for more than 5 minutes as he died," 28 Apr. 2021 One officer puts an elbow on his neck and a knee on his shoulder. NBC News, "Police video shows California man died after officers held him," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The day started with the Heat listing Dragic as questionable due to back and knee recovery. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat take down Hornets 121-111, move up in East standings," 2 May 2021 Her leg also has two large scars wrapping from her outer knee down her calf and shin. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Ashley Judd Shares an Update and Recovery Photos After ‘Shattering’ Her Leg," 27 Apr. 2021 Among the changes was a more robust use-of-force policy, rolled out in July and updated in September, that among other measures banned carotid restraints, choke holds and knee pressure on a neck, throat or head. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Months before George Floyd, Angel Hernandez died at a downtown train station with a knee to his neck, too," 25 Apr. 2021 The former Minneapolis police officer is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, who died after Chauvin kept him pinned, knee on hisneck, for nearly eight and a half minutes. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "MTS, contractor to pay $5.5M to family of San Diego man who died in custody in 2019," 19 Apr. 2021 Bishop had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in mid to late October, while Seguin had surgery on his hip to repair a torn labrum in early November. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Matt’s mail: Looking at Miro Heiskanen’s start to the season, the Stars’ drafting and more," 10 Feb. 2021 Those predictions correlated more closely with patients’ pain than the scores radiologists assigned to knee x-rays, particularly for Black patients. Tom Simonite, Wired, "New Algorithms Could Reduce Racial Disparities in Health Care," 25 Jan. 2021 Meghan wore a brown wool parka by J.Crew, over a long black sweater, black jeans, and knee high brown boots. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a J.Crew Coat for an Outing With Prince Harry in Los Angeles," 22 Dec. 2020 The Tigers had quarterback Matthew Caldwell knee down in the victory formation on three straight plays as Thompson coach Mark Freeman used his final two timeouts. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Listen to Thompson radio announcer call the frantic final seconds of improbable win," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of knee was before the 12th century

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6 May 2021

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“Knee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knee. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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 knee (audio) \ adjective

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