Definitions for kneeni

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

kneeni(n.; v.)kneed, knee•ing.

  1. (n.)the joint of the human leg that allows for movement between the femur and tibia and is covered by the patella; the central area of the leg between the thigh and the lower leg.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. a joint superficially similar to but not anatomically homologous with the human knee, as the tarsal joint of a bird or the carpal joint in the forelimb of a horse or cow.

  3. the part of a garment covering the knee.

    Category: Clothing

  4. something resembling a bent knee, as a rigid or braced angle between two framing members.

    Category: Building Trades

  5. a woody growth projecting from the roots of certain swamp-growing trees, as the bald cypress.

  6. (v.t.)to strike or touch with the knee.

Idioms for knee:

  1. bring someone to his or her knees, to force someone into submission or compliance.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of knee:

bef. 900; ME cneo, OE cnēo(w); c. OS knio, OHG chniu, kneo, ON knē, L genu, Gk góny, Skt janu knee

Princeton's WordNet

  1. knee, knee joint, human knee, articulatio genus, genu(noun)

    hinge joint in the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella

  2. stifle, knee(noun)

    joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee

  3. knee(noun)

    the part of a trouser leg that provides the cloth covering for the knee

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. knee(noun)ni

    the place where your leg bends

    She fell and twisted her knee.; a cut on his knee

  2. kneeni

    the part of your legs you can rest sth on when you sit; = lap

    a child sitting on his knee

  3. kneeni

    to completely destroy or stop

    The area was brought to its knees by severe flooding.


  1. knee(Noun)

    In humans, the joint or the region of the joint in the middle part of the leg between the thigh and the shank.

    Jessica was wearing shorts, so she skinned her exposed knees when she fell.

  2. knee(Noun)

    In the horse and allied animals, the carpal joint, corresponding to the wrist in humans.

  3. knee(Noun)

    The part of a garment that covers the knee.

  4. knee(Noun)

    A piece of timber or metal formed with an angle somewhat in the shape of the human knee when bent.

  5. knee(Noun)

    An act of kneeling, especially to show respect or courtesy.

  6. knee(Noun)

    Any knee-shaped item or sharp angle in a line, "the knee of a graph", an inflection point

  7. knee(Noun)

    A blow made with the knee; a kneeing

  8. knee(Verb)

    to kneel to

  9. knee(Verb)

    poke or strike with the knee

  10. Origin: cneo, from knewan (compare German Knie, Dutch knie, Swedish knä), from ǵnéwo-, a thematic derivative of ǵónu-. Compare 21002261, Latin genu, kanweṃ (dual), kenī, Ancient Greek γόνυ, γωνία, Old Armenian ծունր, Avestan 0B320B250B0E0B28, Sanskrit जानु.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knee(noun)

    in man, the joint in the middle part of the leg

  2. Knee(noun)

    the joint, or region of the joint, between the thigh and leg

  3. Knee(noun)

    in the horse and allied animals, the carpal joint, corresponding to the wrist in man

  4. Knee(noun)

    a piece of timber or metal formed with an angle somewhat in the shape of the human knee when bent

  5. Knee(noun)

    a bending of the knee, as in respect or courtesy

  6. Knee(verb)

    to supplicate by kneeling


  1. Knee

    The knee joint joins the thigh with the lower leg and consists of two articulations: one between the femur and tibia, and one between the femur and patella. It is the largest joint in the human body and is very complicated. The knee is a mobile trocho-ginglymus, which permits flexion and extension as well as a slight medial and lateral rotation. Since in humans the knee supports nearly the whole weight of the body, it is vulnerable to both acute injury and the development of osteoarthritis. It is often grouped into tibiofemoral and patellofemoral components.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knee' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4577

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knee' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3411

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knee' in Nouns Frequency: #992

Translations for knee

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the joint at the bend of the leg

He fell and cut his knee; The child sat on her father's knee; She was on her knees weeding the garden; He fell on his knees and begged for mercy.

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