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 But the rest of his career was clouded by persistent knee injuries and disillusionment. Huw Richards, New York Times, "Chester Williams, Rugby Champion Who Signaled Apartheid’s Defeat, Dies at 49," 12 Sep. 2019 Stanton, who has been listed as No. 2 on Cleveland’s depth chart behind Baker Mayfield, injured his knee during practice last week. BostonGlobe.com, "Frank Reich reaffirms Colts' commitment to Adam Vinatieri," 17 Sep. 2019 Williams also is banged up, hurting his knee against the Raiders. Washington Post, "Chiefs’ Demarcus Robinson steps up in Tyreek Hill’s absence," 17 Sep. 2019 Last week, a few miles from the Pentagon, at a dance studio in a strip mall, Sean Spicer slid several feet on his knees across a polished wooden floor. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, "Dancing with Sean Spicer," 17 Sep. 2019 Brad had come up onto his knees and was resting irresistibly on his heels, an impish grin across his face. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019 Quarterback Jared Goff had a pedestrian performance, but running back Todd Gurley showed that his knee is sound - at least for now - with 97 yards on just 14 carries in the game. oregonlive, "Los Angeles Rams dominate the New Orleans Saints: Recap, score, stats and more," 15 Sep. 2019 Starter Ja’Wuan James will be out for several weeks after spraining his knee in Monday night’s loss to the Raiders. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "3 keys for the Bears against the Broncos in Week 2: Can they find a healthy balance?," 14 Sep. 2019 Soon enough, Moses and Kitch are on their knees, hands clasped behind their heads. Barbara Ellis, The Know, "Review: Curious Theatre’s “Pass Over” puts violence against young black men at center stage," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The video shows the officer kneeing Pesoa's head into the sidewalk outside a McDonald's restaurant in a shopping center as Pesoa lies prone on his stomach. Michael Kunzelman, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland officer charged with assault in videotaped arrest," 9 July 2019 Robinson's fine was the standard first-offense penalty for striking, kicking or kneeing an opponent. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "NFL fines Greg Robinson, Devaroe Lawrence," 14 Sep. 2019 Moore’s return is also welcome on defense as the Beavers lost outside linebackers Addison Gumbs and Matthew Tago to knee injuries against Hawaii. oregonlive, "Oregon State safety Jalen Moore, team’s leading tackler in 2018, makes his season debut against Cal Poly," 13 Sep. 2019 In one, the video showed officers kneeing and punching an unarmed man repeatedly. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Mesa police unions appeal to public as they try to oust Chief Ramon Batista," 28 June 2019 In one, the video showed officers kneeing and punching an unarmed man repeatedly. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Mesa police unions appeal to public as they try to oust Chief Ramon Batista," 28 June 2019 In one, the video showed officers kneeing and punching an unarmed man repeatedly. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Mesa police unions appeal to public as they try to oust Chief Ramon Batista," 28 June 2019 The video appears to show the officer kneeing 19-year-old Arnaldo Pesoa's head into the sidewalk outside a restaurant in a shopping center as Pesoa lies prone on his stomach. chicagotribune.com, "Maryland officer’s police powers suspended while arrest caught on video investigated," 5 July 2019 In one, the video showed officers kneeing and punching an unarmed man repeatedly. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Mesa police unions appeal to public as they try to oust Chief Ramon Batista," 28 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for knee

knee

noun
How to pronounce knee (audio)

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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