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 Getting stronger, being more of a knockdown shooter, and being able to make shots more consistently. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Recruitment finished, IU commit Trey Galloway has eyes on state title in 2020," 30 July 2019 While the group stretched defenses to their limits, with three knockdown shooters paired with Green’s and Iguodala’s expert passing and playmaking, their biggest impact might have been on defense. Dan Woike,, "Kevin Durant’s ruptured Achilles could signal the end of one of the great NBA lineups," 12 June 2019 Kristin Dziczek, an analyst with the Center for Automotive Research, said knockdown-kit exports also provide manufacturers a way to enter emerging markets where the auto industry is underdeveloped. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Ports See Growth in Exports of Partly-Assembled Cars," 30 May 2018 Thomas is a knockdown shooter, going 62 of 151 (41.1%) on three-pointers last season. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Creighton's Thomas could fit in with Bucks' 'Team All-Length'," 17 May 2018 Sol has 12 months left to run on his Willem II contract and may be available at a knockdown price as a result - something that would surely intrigue Palace boss Roy Hodgson., "Palace & Watford Linked With Eredivisie Hotshot After Striker Spotted at Vicarage Road Clash," 27 Apr. 2018 Russell Westbrook probably didn’t turn into a knockdown jump shooter at halftime. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Russell Westbrook Inquisition Will Have to Wait," 26 Apr. 2018 Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been touted as would-be suitors for the France international and could secure Umtiti's services for a knockdown price due to his current release clause fee only being worth around £52m., "Barcelona Set to Hand Samuel Umtiti New Deal With Huge Buyout Clause to Ward Off Suitors," 19 Apr. 2018 She was recently named a first-team All-American and is a deadly knockdown shooter that is extremely competitive. Jonas Shaffer,, "Maryland women sign junior-college All-American guard Sara Vujačić," 18 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The player to Jackson’s immediate right, center Josh Myers, piled up six knockdowns of his own while making his first career start. Nathan Baird,, "Jonah Jackson and Ohio State football’s offensive line continuing to come together," 6 Sep. 2019 Pacquiao looked sharp, out throwing Thurman (57-48 per round, per CompuBox), out jabbing him (82-18) and scoring the only knockdown of the fight. Chris Mannix,, "12 Rounds: Manny Pacquiao's Next Fight, Mayweather's Retirement and More," 22 July 2019 The knockdowns reduced the total gain in housing units from 4,815 to 3,590. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "New home construction rises in Connecticut in 2018, but what’s holding back more impressive gains?," 27 July 2019 But Byrd did Lee a favor, saving him from more knockdowns and punishment. Los Angeles Times, "Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman by split decision for welterweight title," 20 July 2019 One of those knockdowns came on the fourth place of the game — a 51-yard Justin Fields touchdown run. Nathan Baird,, "Jonah Jackson and Ohio State football’s offensive line continuing to come together," 6 Sep. 2019 In February, Cancio, a big underdog, overcame anxiety, a cut and a knockdown en route to technical-knockout win in the fourth round. Manouk Akopyan,, "Andrew Cancio retains title with early knockout over Alberto Machado," 21 June 2019 The knockdown, drag-out contest for the remaining expansion spots is still on, with groups from Indianapolis, Sacramento, Charlotte, San Diego, and Las Vegas vying to be part of MLS. Pat Brennan,, "The Touchline Newsletter, Issue No. 3: Positivity at FC Cincinnati, MLS expansion, USWNT," 15 Aug. 2019 More than a handful of passes were batted away, including a couple impressive knockdowns by outside linebacker Isaac Garcia and inside linebacker Jack Colletto., "Oregon State center Nathan Eldridge calls for advice, and instead finds an opportunity in Corvallis: Day 2 recap," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of knockdown

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

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