- 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.
- knebworth house,
- knee action,
- knee bend,
- knee brace,
- knee breeches,
- knee drop
- 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
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|Marlow Stern|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now Benny lifted his head up, slapped his knee, and laughed so hard that he almost tumbled over backward.
She wears jeans and knee boots--the rubber kind you wear to work in the yard.
Knee deep in mud, sweat mixing with rain, they forced the Land Rover through the jungle.
I was hit in the left knee, but the bullet only grazed my knee.Amnesty Report: ISIS Committing Ethnic Cleansing on an Historic Scale|Nico Hines|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With shining eyes, Crochard dropped on one knee beside his adversary, and bent for a moment above the body.The Destroyer|Burton Egbert Stevenson
His closed right hand rested on his knee, and Eglah laid hers upon it.A Speckled Bird|Augusta J. Evans Wilson
Earl placed an elbow on his knee, using his hand as a rest for his throbbing temples.The Hindered Hand|Sutton E. Griggs
The Duchessa dropped on one knee, and then knelt for a few moments at one of the prie-dieux.Antony Gray,--Gardener|Leslie Moore
He at once blistered a hole in each side of my knee, and applied sedatives.Fifteen Years in Hell|Luther Benson
- 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