knock·​down | \ ˈnäk-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce knockdown (audio) \

Definition of knockdown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : having such force as to strike down or overwhelm a bewildering assortment of knockdown arguments— J. W. Krutch
2 : that can easily be assembled or disassembled a knockdown table
3 chiefly British : extremely low : reduced knockdown prices



Definition of knockdown (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the action of knocking down
2 : something (such as a blow) that strikes down or overwhelms
3 : something (such as a piece of furniture) that can be easily assembled or disassembled

knock down

\ ˈnäk-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce knock down (audio) \
knocked down; knocking down; knocks down

Definition of knock down (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to strike to the ground with or as if with a sharp blow : fell
2 : to dispose of (an item) to a bidder at an auction sale
3 : to take apart : disassemble
4 : to receive as income or salary : earn positions where they were able to knock down good moneyInfantry Journal
5 : reduce knocked the price down
6 basketball, informal : to succeed in making (a jump shot or foul shot) She scored 10 points on the night with three assists. She also knocked down three out of four free-throw attempts.— Niki Herbert Pierce faked right, drove left, turned and knocked down a fadeaway jumper.— Jason Mastrodonato

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of knockdown in a Sentence

Adjective Now's your chance to buy these items at knockdown prices! Verb she's knocking down a good salary, but she has to work very hard right after the holidays the stores start to knock down the window displays
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Pistons as a whole didn’t shoot well on Friday, and spacing could be an issue this season as the roster lacks knockdown shooters. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Rookie Saddiq Bey was a 'big-time bright spot' during the Detroit Pistons' preseason opener," 13 Dec. 2020 Opt for the bigger pellet for more knockdown power. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Air Rifles for Hunting Squirrels," 4 Dec. 2020 For the most part, though, the E.U. exemption is used to pluck Spanish, Dutch, Belgian and French teenagers from academies that have reared them from a young age, and to do it at a knockdown price. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Nothing Lasts Forever," 4 Dec. 2020 Precisely how does something like an unexpected furlough, a knockdown fever, or an abrupt upending of our routines translate to hundreds of hairs leaving our head every day? Jolene Edgar, Allure, "You're Not Imagining It: The Pandemic Is Triggering Stress-Induced Hair Loss," 20 Nov. 2020 Fudd is a scoring guard with a knockdown mid-range jumper, while Bueckers arguably shines brightest as a distributor. Alexa Philippou,, "‘She’s an even better kid off the court’: Getting to know Azzi Fudd, the latest No. 1 recruit to sign with the UConn women," 12 Nov. 2020 Or is this a new reality for a while that is going to make Georgia just a knockdown, drag-out fight every cycle? NBC News, "Meet the Press 11.08.20," 8 Nov. 2020 More than one of Leal’s new teammates pointed to him as a knockdown shooter. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball notes: Crossroads Classic appears to be on, for now," 14 Oct. 2020 The Celtics may be a knockdown shooter away from taking that final step to reach the finals, but who is their leader? Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Here are 5 teams positioned to challenge NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers next season," 12 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Especially egregious: the knockdown of a storefront on Elm to create a surface parking lot at the store’s rear. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "The 10 best and worst Dallas buildings, 40 years after ‘Why Is Dallas Architecture So Bad?’," 18 Dec. 2020 His last knockdown was the closing in January, after just two months, of Azul, a large sports bar in Lakeview. Beth D'addono,, "Danny Millan will open Cava Bistro in Metairie on Nov. 12," 2 Nov. 2020 Referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight at the 2-minute, 23-second mark after the second knockdown. John Whisler,, "Mario Barrios celebrates homecoming with victory," 31 Oct. 2020 Kentucky credited Stenberg with a team-best 95 knockdown blocks last season. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Detroit Lions like the nasty in Madison’s Logan Stenberg," 2 May 2020 The former realty office and the funeral home properties are both slated for knockdown. John Hilliard,, "In West Newton, landmark proposal raises thorny issues over development," 29 Jan. 2020 Michael Spinks survives near knockdowns in the 14th and 15th rounds to win a split decision over Larry Holmes and retains his world heavyweight title in Las Vegas. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: Marathon minor league game in 1981 keeps going and going," 19 Apr. 2020 Gonzalez picked up two knockdowns, in the eighth and ninth round, on the path to a dominating performance. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Mikey Garcia victorious in return, earns unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas," 29 Feb. 2020 In the 12th and final round, Wilder floored Fury with a brutal right hand now considered one of the best knockdown punches in boxing history. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Why Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch is boxing at its best," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of knockdown


1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Dec 2020

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“Knockdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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chiefly British, informal, of a price : greatly reduced from the original price : extremely low

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