- capable of knocking something down; overwhelming; irresistible: a knockdown blow.
- constructed in separate parts that can readily be taken apart for easy storage, shipping, etc.: a knockdown toolshed.
- offered or acquired for less than the prevailing rate: first-rate goods at knockdown prices.
- a knockdown object.
- an act or instance of knocking down, especially by a blow.
- something that fells or overwhelms.
- reduction or lowering, as in price or number: The store offered a knockdown of 15 percent to its own employees.
- Slang. an introduction, especially to a person: He gave me a real knockdown to the company.
- Nautical. the capsizing of a small boat as a result of a strong gust of wind.
Origin of knockdown
First recorded in 1680–90; adj., noun use of verb phrase knock down
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Examples from the Web for knockdown
Electrolyte is not supplied with batteries shipped in a knockdown condition.The Automobile Storage Battery
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This Harvey thought would be a knockdown blow, and it was—indirectly."Captains Courageous"
Souls have in them a wonderful capacity for recovering after knockdown blows.The Girl Wanted
He comes up again after every knockdown, as fresh as a daisy.Fast Nine
Toppy shook his head, like a pugilist clearing his wits after a knockdown.The Snow-Burner