- to go down or rest on the knees or a knee.
- the action or position of kneeling.
Origin of kneel
Examples from the Web for kneel
Contemporary Examples of kneel
As he went to kneel, I took a shot at him and [he] jumped in the door.Killer Eric Frein Held in Murdered Cop’s Cuffs
October 31, 2014
I kneel with the journalist in the sand, my face stoic and yet terrified, crying, knowing that I can do nothing but wait.Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin!
September 14, 2014
The three who were killed had been forced to kneel in a prayer position while assassins shot each in the forehead.Catholic Nuns Aiding Africa's Battered Wives Are Raped and Murdered
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 10, 2014
The nurse then forces him to stand up, kneel down before his father, and address him as “father” thirty times in a row.‘Web Junkie’ Is a Harrowing Documentary on China’s Internet Addiction Rehab Clinics
January 20, 2014
Beyond the Wall, the free folk do not kneel to anyone, unlike their supposedly more civilized neighbors.‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 for Dummies
March 27, 2013
Historical Examples of kneel
I kneel not, repenting of what I have vowed in such a case as that I have supposed.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Then, as he was about to kneel down, he saw her before him at his feet.The Dream
Peter, I'll just kneel and kiss your hands if you can fix this for me.Her Father's Daughter
"Then kneel on the ground and pull them up with your hands," said the farmer.What Sami Sings with the Birds
Let me not kneel in vain, Madam: let me not be thus despised.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- (intr) to rest, fall, or support oneself on one's knees
- the act or position of kneeling
Word Origin for kneel
Old English cneowlian, from cneow (see knee (n.)); cf. Middle Low German knelen, Middle Dutch cnielen, Dutch knielen Gothic knussjan. Past tense knelt is a modern formation (19c.) on analogy of feel/felt, etc. Related: Kneeling.