What does knee mean?

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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


  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

  7. Origin: [OE. kne, cneo, As. cne, cnew; akin to OS. knio, kneo, OFries. kn, G. & D. knie, OHG. chniu, chneo, Icel. kn, Sw. kn, Dan. kn, Goth. kniu, L. genu, Gr. go`ny, Skr. jnu, 231. Cf. Genuflection.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knee

    nē, n. the joint between the thigh and shin bones: a piece of timber or metal like a bent knee: (Shak.) a genuflection.—v.t. (Shak.) to kneel to, to go over on one's knees.—n.pl. Knee′-breech′es, breeches extending to just below the knee, as in court-dress.—n. Knee′-cap, the bone above the protuberance of the knee: a cap or strong covering for the knees, used chiefly for horses, to save their knees in case of a fall.—n.pl. Knee′-cords, knee-breeches of corduroy.—adjs. Knee′-crook′ing, obsequious: fawning; Kneed, having knees: (bot.) having angular joints like the knee; Knee′-deep, rising to the knees: sunk to the knees; Knee′-high, rising or reaching to the knees.—ns. Knee′-holl′y, butcher's broom: Knee′-joint, a joint with two pieces at an angle, so as to be very tight when pressed into a straight line; Knee′-pan, a flat, round bone on the front of the knee-joint; Knee′-piece, or -raft′er, an angular piece of timber strengthening a joint where two roof-timbers meet: any defensive appliance covering the knee; Knee′-stop, -swell, a lever worked by the performer's knee, for regulating the wind-supply of a reed-organ, &c.; Knee′-tim′ber, timber bent into a shape suitable for a knee in shipbuilding, &c.; Knee′-trib′ute (Milt.), the homage of kneeling.—Give, or Offer, a knee, to act as second or bottle-holder in a fight, the principal resting on the second's knee during the pauses between the rounds. [A.S. cneów, cneó; Ger. knie, L. genu, Gr. gonu.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knee in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edward Abbey (Vox Clamans in Deserto):

    The only thing worse than a knee-jerk liberal is a knee-pad conservative.

  2. Phyllis Diller:

    My mother-in-law had a pain beneath her left breast. Turned out to be a trick knee.

  3. Rona Barrett:

    The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul.

  4. William F. Buckley Jr., "The Wit and Wisdom of Vlad the Impaler":

    Knee-jerk liberals and all the certified saints of sanctified humanism are quick to condemn this great and much-maligned Transylvanian statesman.

  5. Jeremy Smith:

    We are not asking the school to teach Christianity or Islam or Buddhism, but if a Christian wants to take a knee with students, they should take a knee.

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