Knee definitions

The definition of knee is the joint between the thigh and lower leg.

An example of a knee is the part of the body on which a person kneels.

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Knee is defined as to hit or strike using the joint between the thigh and lower leg.

An example of knee is to hit a soccer ball with this joint.

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An analogous joint or part of a leg of a quadruped vertebrate.
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The joint between the femur and the tibia in an insect leg.
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Something resembling the human knee, such as a bent piece of pipe.
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The part of a garment, as of trousers, that covers the knee.
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A vertical, often conical, woody projection arising from the roots of certain swamp-growing trees.

Cypress knees.

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The joint between the thigh and the lower leg, formed by the articulation of the femur and the tibia and covered anteriorly by the patella.
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The region of the leg that encloses and supports this joint.
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To strike with the knee.
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A joint regarded as corresponding or similar to the human knee, as a joint in the leg of a quadruped or bird.
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Anything resembling or suggesting a knee, esp. a bent knee.
  • A bent piece of wood used as a brace.
  • A protuberant, woody growth on certain trees.
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The part of a stocking, trouser leg, etc. that covers the knee.
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The joint between the thigh and the lower part of the human leg.
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The front part of the leg at this joint.
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To hit or touch with the knee.
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To fasten with a knee or knees.
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An analogous joint or part of a leg of a quadruped vertebrate.
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The joint between the femur and the tibia in an insect leg.
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The joint between the thigh and the lower leg, formed by the articulation of the femur and the tibia and covered anteriorly by the patella.
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The region of the leg that encloses and supports this joint.
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In humans, the joint or the region of the joint in the middle part of the leg between the thigh and the shank.

Penny was wearing a miniskirt, so she skinned her exposed knees when she fell.

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In the horse and allied animals, the carpal joint, corresponding to the wrist in humans.
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The part of a garment that covers the knee.
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(shipbuilding) A piece of timber or metal formed with an angle somewhat in the shape of the human knee when bent.
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(archaic) An act of kneeling, especially to show respect or courtesy.

To make a knee.

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Any knee-shaped item or sharp angle in a line, "the knee of a graph", an inflection point.
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A blow made with the knee; a kneeing.
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(archaic) To kneel to.
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To poke or strike with the knee.
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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).