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 & Antonyms for knockdown

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 In the fourth round, Maxwell got Johnson with a clean knockdown courtesy of his right hand. oregonlive, 7 June 2021 Chad Johnson, the retired NFL star receiver, was on the undercard Sunday night and suffered the lone knockdown in his bout. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 7 June 2021 Randle became a knockdown perimeter shooter, upping his numbers from 27.7% last season to 41.1% from 3-point range, and surgical passer, finishing with a career-best 6.0 assists. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 18 May 2021 The 6-foot-4, 265-pound tackle totaled 78 knockdown blocks and anchored an offensive line that averaged 323 yards and 38.7 points per game. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, 13 May 2021 The first key for him was turning from a competent 3-point shooter to a knockdown one. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 May 2021 The knockdown, drag-out battle ultimately ended with Bad Bunny and Priest victorious. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2021 Just be aware that lighter projectiles don’t produce as much knockdown power. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 2 Mar. 2021 Due to a positive COVID-19 test, Purdue was without second-leading scorer Sasha Stefanovic, a knockdown shooter who certainly makes their offense more potent. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, 23 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The match was contested in the rain under the open skies of Hard Rock Stadium, and a slippery surface appeared to lead into an Arias fall in the ninth round, one erroneously registered as a Hurd knockdown. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2021 The 43-year-old Johnson was loose and smiling in the early going, but the matchup became more intense as at wore on, culminating with a a knockdown in the fourth round, courtesy of a Maxwell right hand. Danny Segura And John Morgan, The Enquirer, 8 June 2021 Both teams make their living on the defensive end, so this could be a knockdown-drag out affair. cleveland, 12 Feb. 2021 Especially egregious: the knockdown of a storefront on Elm to create a surface parking lot at the store’s rear. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 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,, 2 Nov. 2020 Referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight at the 2-minute, 23-second mark after the second knockdown. John Whisler,, 31 Oct. 2020 Kentucky credited Stenberg with a team-best 95 knockdown blocks last season. Mark Inabinett |, al, 2 May 2020 The former realty office and the funeral home properties are both slated for knockdown. John Hilliard,, 29 Jan. 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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10 Jul 2021

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“Knockdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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