- a simple past tense and past participle of kneel.
- 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 knelt
Her tender face bent in compassion over a marble form so exquisitely pure that I knelt and signed myself.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
He knelt beside Glover just as he once had by that injured boy back in Brooklyn.Why Was My Son Killed in Fallujah—and His Murderer Set Free?
January 12, 2014
Outside the courthouse, supporters of Martin's family jeered, wept, or knelt in prayer as the verdict came.George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty; Looks Forward to 'Getting His Life Back'
July 14, 2013
Harry also knelt on one knee and layed poppies at the grave of the unknown soldier as the last post was played.
One of her favorite memories at a red carpet was meeting Jodie Foster, who knelt down to speak at her level.‘Matilda’ Star Mara Wilson Reviews ‘Matilda the Musical’
April 16, 2013
Into the little parlor filed the nurses, and knelt, folding their tired hands.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
She then returned to the mouth of the cave, and knelt down at Richard Digby's feet.The Man of Adamant
Miss Whitmore knelt and examined the cattle thief curiously.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Linda rushed to the boulder and knelt again, but she could get no response to her questions.Her Father's Daughter
For some minutes he knelt motionless, as if in prayer, though no sound escaped him.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
- a past tense and past participle of kneel
- (intr) to rest, fall, or support oneself on one's knees
- the act or position of kneeling
Word Origin and History for knelt
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.