To fasten with a knee or knees.
(archaic) To kneel to.
- To kneel down on one knee.
- To kneel down on one knee while holding the ball so as to down the ball, as in one's own end zone for a touchback.
- to force someone to submit or give in
- to kneel on one knee, as to rest or pray
players took a knee for a pre-game prayer
Other Word Forms of Knee
Origin of Knee
From Middle English kne, from Old English cnēo, from Proto-Germanic *knewą (compare Low German Knee, Dutch knie, German Knie, Danish knæ, Swedish knä), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵnéwo-, a thematic derivative of Proto-Indo-European *ǵónu. Compare Hittite (genu), Latin genū, Tocharian A kanweṃ (dual), Tocharian B kenī, Ancient Greek γόνυ (góny, “knee”), γωνία (gōnía, “corner, angle”), Old Armenian ծունր (cunr), Avestan (žnum), Sanskrit जानु (jānu).
Middle English from Old English cnēo genu-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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