Definitions for knuckleˈnʌk əl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
knuck•leˈnʌk əl(n.; v.)-led, -ling.
(n.)any joint of a finger, esp. one of the articulations of a metacarpal with a phalanx.
the rounded prominence of such a joint when the finger is bent.
a cut of meat including the carpal, tarsal, or hock joint, esp. of a pig.
an angle at the intersection of two members or surfaces, as in the timbers of a ship or in a roof.
Category: Building Trades
Ref: brass knuckles.
a cylindrical projecting part on a hinge, through which an axis or pin passes; the joint of a hinge.
Category: Building Trades
(v.t.)to rub or press with the knuckles.
Category: Common Vocabulary
knuckle down, to apply oneself vigorously and earnestly; become serious. Also, knuckle under. to submit; yield.
Category: Verb Phrase
Origin of knuckle:
1400–40; late ME knokel, prob. < MD knokel, c. MHG Knüchel, dim. of a word represented by MHG Knoche bone
knuckle, knuckle joint, metacarpophalangeal joint(verb)
a joint of a finger when the fist is closed
press or rub with the knuckles
shoot a marble while keeping one's knuckles on the ground
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the bending bony parts on your fingers and hands
Any of the joints between the phalanges of the fingers.
A mechanical joint.
A cut of meat.
The curved part of the cushion at the entrance to the pockets on a cue sports table.
To apply pressure, or rub or massage with one's knuckles.
He knuckled the sleep from his eyes.
Origin: From the diminutive of a word for bone, found in Knochen
the joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the closing of the fingers
the kneejoint, or middle joint, of either leg of a quadruped, especially of a calf; -- formerly used of the kneejoint of a human being
the joint of a plant
the joining pars of a hinge through which the pin or rivet passes; a knuckle joint
a convex portion of a vessel's figure where a sudden change of shape occurs, as in a canal boat, where a nearly vertical side joins a nearly flat bottom
a contrivance, usually of brass or iron, and furnished with points, worn to protect the hand, to add force to a blow, and to disfigure the person struck; as, brass knuckles; -- called also knuckle duster
to yield; to submit; -- used with down, to, or under
to beat with the knuckles; to pommel
The knuckles are the joints of the fingers which are brought into prominence when the hand is clenched and a fist is made. The word is cognate to similar words in other Germanic languages, such as the Dutch "Knokkel" or German "Knöchel", i.e., Knöchlein, the diminutive of the German word for bone. Anatomically, it is said that the knuckles consist of the metacarpophalangeal and interphalangeal joints of the finger. The knuckles at the base of the fingers may be referred to as the 1st or major knuckles while the knuckles at the midfinger are known as the 2nd and 3rd, or minor, knuckles. However, the ordinal terms are used inconsistently, and can be found referring to any of the knuckles. The physical mechanism behind the popping or cracking sound heard when cracking joints such as knuckles is still uncertain, although it is widely believed to be caused by synovial fluid filling the vacuum left by the joint's displacement.
Translations for knuckle
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a joint of a finger
She hit her hand against the wall and grazed her knuckles.
- مَفْصَل الأصَبَعArabic
- nós dos dedosPortuguese (BR)
- kloub (na prstě ruky)Czech
- der KnöchelGerman
- άρθρωση δαχτύλουGreek
- بند انگشتFarsi
- עֶצֶם פֶּרֶק הָאֶצבַּעHebrew
- उंगली की गांठ, घुटने या टखने का जोड़ जानवरों मेंHindi
- zglob prstaCroatian
- buku jariIndonesian
- 손가락 관절Korean
- pirksta locītava/kauliņšLatvian
- buku jariMalay
- główka kości palcowej, kostka (u ręki)Polish
- بند انگشتPersian
- د ګوتو بندPashto
- nós dos dedosPortuguese
- articulaţie/încheietură (a degetului)Romanian
- сустав пальцаRussian
- parmak eklemi/oynak yeriTurkish
- 指節Chinese (Trad.)
- суглоб пальцяUkrainian
- انگلیوں کا جوڑUrdu
- khớp đốt tayVietnamese
- 指节Chinese (Simp.)
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