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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tabor’s detailed system, which adds or subtracts points for just about everything imaginable — tackles, key blocks, knockdowns, penalties drawn, penalties committed — hadn’t been finalized when players left in January. Brad Biggs,, "The Bears have made a major improvement in at least 1 area: Chris Tabor’s special teams units are among the NFL’s best," 9 Nov. 2019 He is ranked seventh in several striking categories, including knockdowns landed with five. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Lewis-Ivanov odds: Blagoy Ivanov slightly favored over Derrick Lewis at UFC 244," 1 Nov. 2019 The redshirt-senior tied for the team lead with six knockdowns and did not allow a sack. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks RB CJ Verdell, OL Shane Lemieux, K Camden Lewis recognized by Pac-12," 28 Oct. 2019 Jonah Jackson, senior, left guard Jackson was credited with six knockdowns on his 55 plays. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Who were Ohio State football’s Players of the Game against Northwestern?," 20 Oct. 2019 No stranger to the joy of knockdowns, Nolan continues to make a fairly impressive career off sometimes striking a ball cleanly that happens to fall to him perfectly., "Three Years On: How 2019 England Might Have Looked if Sam Allardyce Was Still in Charge," 4 Sep. 2019 Its big Swiss rival Cie Financiere Richemont SA, which owns Cartier, has been buying back its stock for the past few years rather than letting dealers sell it for knockdown prices. Washington Post, "Finding a Cheap Omega Watch Has Just Got a Lot Harder," 17 July 2019 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

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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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19 Nov 2019

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“Knockdown.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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