- 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 knees
Contemporary Examples of knees
Sprawled on chaise lounges with their knees high in the air and their legs spread wide.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
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
December 20, 2014
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
December 13, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of knees
Andrew had dropped to his knees and turned the body upon its back.
His knees pressed the long holster of an old-fashioned rifle.
He sat with his elbows on his knees and his head in his hands, staring at the grass.Viviette
William J. Locke
Still on my knees, I had thrown my face across the chair she had sat in.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Hester threw herself on her knees, and buried her face in her mother's lap.Weighed and Wanting
- 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