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

Los Angeles announced Weddle suffered a head laceration on the play in question where Carolina's star running back tried to leap the two-time All-Pro safety but ended up hitting him in the helmet with his knee. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Rams' Eric Weddle Takes Knee to Helmet From Christian McCaffrey," 8 Sep. 2019 To prepare for the season, Johnson, who did not need surgery on his knee, spent the winter training both at Auburn and at his father’s gym in Huntsville. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Kerryon Johnson, Trey Flowers and a Detroit Lions takeover at an Alabama church," 8 Sep. 2019 Wilson is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his knee Sunday to determine the extent of the injury. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Mark Stoops: Terry Wilson's injury does not change goals for Kentucky football," 8 Sep. 2019 Hawks junior quarterback Luke Leongas injured his knee in the opener. Jakub Rudnik, chicagotribune.com, "Dan Lazic fills in admirably, but Maine South can’t solve Mount Carmel," 7 Sep. 2019 Diehl needed assistance from some teammates getting to the sideline, and sat on a bench with his left knee wrapped for the remainder of the game. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Football: Francis Scott Key can’t hold lead in opener, Poly prevails," 7 Sep. 2019 But QB Jimmy Garoppolo blew out his knee in the third game of the season. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Go with the head or heart? It’s a tough call when predicting Cleveland Browns’ record — Terry Pluto," 6 Sep. 2019 Despite concerns over his knee, running back Todd Gurley is still one of the best running backs in football. Allen Kim, CNN, "The NFL is back. Here are all the best games to watch in Week 1," 6 Sep. 2019 Pressly, who is coming back from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, threw 10 to 15 pitches, including a few breaking balls, while throwing from about two-thirds up the slope of the mound. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Astros injury report: Updates for Ryan Pressly, Carlos Correa, George Springer," 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Earlier on Tuesday, a police officer from Silver Spring was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct after a video of him kneeing a young man during an arrest went viral. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "After arrest of officer accused of assault, Montgomery County considers a ‘Policing Advisory Commission’," 9 July 2019 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

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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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