[ nee-kap ]
/ ˈniˌkæp /


the patella.
a protective covering, usually knitted, for the knee.

verb (used with object), knee·capped, knee·cap·ping.

to cripple (a person) by shooting in the knee: Terrorists were kneecapping prospective jurors.

Origin of kneecap

First recorded in 1650–60; knee + cap1

Related forms

knee·cap·per, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kneecap


/ (ˈniːˌkæp) /


anatomy a nontechnical name for patella
another word for poleyn

verb -caps, -capping or -capped (tr)

(esp of certain terrorist groups) to shoot (a person) in the kneecap, esp as an act of retaliation
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Medicine definitions for kneecap


[ nēkăp′ ]


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Science definitions for kneecap


[ nēkăp′ ]

See patella.
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