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 To be sure, round 12 is living in a lot of heads lately because ESPN and Fox Sports have replayed the knockdown hundreds of times in a relentless buildup for the fight. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury II (2/22/2020) time, channel, live stream; watch championship fight online," 21 Feb. 2020 This was not, however, of the knockdown drag-out social-media variety. Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life, "5 Critical Deer Clues You Probably Missed This Season," 29 Jan. 2020 As a player, Hoiberg was never a star in the NBA but craved out a 10-year career as a knockdown shooter and a no nonsense glue guy. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Rob Phinisee return gives IU much-needed steadying backcourt presence," 14 Dec. 2019 After moving into a starting role midway through his freshman campaign, May led South with 65 knockdown blocks and an 87 percent grade to be chosen first-team all-conference in 2013. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Everett, Reaves headline South Alabama players named to Sun Belt’s CFB150 honor roll," 6 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Moorer rebounded and the two fighters exchanged knockdowns leading into the fifth. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "25 greatest heavyweight fights of the last 100 years," 18 Feb. 2020 Lock gets an extra rating point for absorbing the punishment (two sacks/nine knockdowns) and getting up each time. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Rating the Broncos: Offensive struggles against Kansas City started on second play," 16 Dec. 2019 Granit Xhaka and Sokratis both jumped for it, but neither got there which meant that when Son Heung-min collected Harry Kane’s knockdown, there was a fatal gap. Jonathan Wilson,, "Tottenham Recaptures Some of Last Season's Form Against Arsenal," 1 Sep. 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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“Knockdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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