Knead meaning

nēd
To squeeze, press, or roll with the hands, as in massaging.

Kneading a painful calf muscle.

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The definition of knead is to work or massage something with your hands, such as to work dough to make bread.

When you work flour into bread dough with your hands to make bread, this is an example of knead.

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To mix and work into a uniform mass, as by folding, pressing, and stretching with the hands.

Kneading dough.

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To make or shape by or as if by folding, pressing, and stretching with the hands.
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To mix and work (dough, clay, etc.) into a pliable mass by folding over, pressing, and squeezing, usually with the hands.
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To press, rub, or squeeze with the hands; massage.
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To make or form by or as if by kneading.
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​ To work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; especially, to work, as by repeated pressure with the knuckles, into a well mixed mass, the materials of bread, cake, etc.
  • 2001, Özcan Ozan, Carl Tremblay, The Sultan's Kitchen: A Turkish Cookbook.
    Knead the dough by pressing down on it with the heels of both your palms and pushing it forward to stretch it, then pulling it back toward you...
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(figuratively) To treat or form as if by kneading; to beat.
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(intransitive, of cats) To make an alternating pressing motion with the two front paws.
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Origin of knead

  • Middle English kneden from Old English cnedan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English kneden, from Old English cnedan, from Proto-Germanic *knedaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gnet- ‘to press together’ (cf. Old Prussian gnode ‘kneading trough’, Albanian ngjesh, Slovenian gnésti ‘to knead, press’), from *gen- ‘to ball up, pinch, compress’.

    From Wiktionary