- the junction of the top and either of the uprights of a bent.
- a curved member for reinforcing the junction of two pieces meeting at an angle.
verb (used with object), kneed, knee·ing.
verb (used without object), kneed, knee·ing.
- in a supplicatory position or manner: I came to him on my knees for the money.
- in a desperate or declining condition: The country's economy is on its knees.
Origin of knee
Examples from the Web for knee
Contemporary Examples of knee
At 15, she developed iliotibial band syndrome, injuring her knee, and had to surrender her dream.The Making of Kiesza: From Navy Sharpshooter to Beauty Queen to Pop Diva
October 20, 2014
Now Benny lifted his head up, slapped his knee, and laughed so hard that he almost tumbled over backward.Why Comedians Still Think Bill Cosby Is a Genius
October 5, 2014
She wears jeans and knee boots--the rubber kind you wear to work in the yard.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Knee deep in mud, sweat mixing with rain, they forced the Land Rover through the jungle.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
I was hit in the left knee, but the bullet only grazed my knee.Amnesty Report: ISIS Committing Ethnic Cleansing on an Historic Scale
September 2, 2014
Historical Examples of knee
She merely turned her head and rubbed his knee with her nose.Way of the Lawless
He had somehow injured his knee that he could not walk a step.Weighed and Wanting
He sat forward in his chair, his hands folded around his knee, and looked at it.
Hot tears fell on Harriet's fashion-book as it lay on her knee.
She unfolded a Star clipping and proudly spread it upon my knee.The Bacillus of Beauty
- the area surrounding and above this joint
- (modifier)reaching or covering the kneeknee breeches; knee socks
verb knees, kneeing or kneed
Word Origin for knee
Old English cneo, cneow "knee," from Proto-Germanic *knewam (cf. Old Norse kne, Old Saxon kneo, Old Frisian kni, Middle Dutch cnie, Dutch knie, Old High German kniu, German Knie, Gothic kniu), from PIE root *g(e)neu- (cf. Sanskrit janu, Avestan znum, Hittite genu "knee;" Greek gony "knee," gonia "corner, angle;" Latin genu "knee"). Knee-slapper "funny joke" is from 1955.
early 13c., "to bend the knee, kneel," from Old English cneowian, from cneow (see knee (n.)). The meaning "to strike with the knee" is first recorded 1892. Related: Kneed; kneeing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with knee
, also see
- bring to one's knees
- on bended knee