- 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 knees
Sprawled on chaise lounges with their knees high in the air and their legs spread wide.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After tightening her collar, Stella assumed slave posture: on her knees, legs slightly spread, palm resting face-up on her thighs.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A doctor comes to his house and gives him shots of cortisone to calm the arthritic pain in his knees.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I made my way, on hands and knees, to a bed near the dictating voice.
“Now get on your knees and crawl,” he demanded with the slap of a leather horse crop against the palm of his hand.
I learned later that he had implored the Superior on his knees not to lay this dreadful command upon him, but all in vain.The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter|Adolphe Danziger De Castro and Ambrose Bierce
Then suddenly I flung myself on my knees, and prayed—though what about and to whom I cannot say.Memoirs of a Midget|Walter de la Mare
She then fell on her knees and prayed to the gods of her fathers to forgive her for her apostasy from them.An Egyptian Princess, Complete|Georg Ebers
She fell on her knees and took his hands, looking up beseechingly to his face.Marietta|F. Marion Crawford
Hardly had Brunhild's voice ceased to be heard than he felt his head swim and his knees sink under him.
- 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