What does Knock mean?

Definitions for Knock

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Knock.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. knock, knocking(noun)

    the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing)

    "the knocking grew louder"

  2. knock, roast(noun)

    negative criticism

  3. knock, bash, bang, smash, belt(noun)

    a vigorous blow

    "the sudden knock floored him"; "he took a bash right in his face"; "he got a bang on the head"

  4. knock(noun)

    a bad experience

    "the school of hard knocks"

  5. knock, belt, rap, whack, whang(verb)

    the act of hitting vigorously

    "he gave the table a whack"

  6. knock, strike hard(verb)

    deliver a sharp blow or push :"He knocked the glass clear across the room"

  7. knock(verb)

    rap with the knuckles

    "knock on the door"

  8. bump, knock(verb)

    knock against with force or violence

    "My car bumped into the tree"

  9. tap, rap, knock, pink(verb)

    make light, repeated taps on a surface

    "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"

  10. pink, ping, knock(verb)

    sound like a car engine that is firing too early

    "the car pinged when I put in low-octane gasoline"; "The car pinked when the ignition was too far retarded"

  11. knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart(verb)

    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

    "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"


  1. Knock(v. t.)

    To criticise; to find fault with; to disparage.


  1. knock(Noun)

    An abrupt rapping sound, as from an impact of a hard object against wood

    I heard a knock on my door.

  2. knock(Noun)

    An impact.

    He took a knock on the head.

  3. knock(Noun)

    a batsman's innings.

    He played a slow but sure knock of 35.

  4. knock(Noun)

    A type of abnormal combustion occurring in spark ignition engines caused by self-ignition or the characteristic knocking sound associated with it.

  5. knock(Verb)

    To rap one's knuckles against something, especially wood.

    Knock on the door and find out if they're home.

  6. knock(Verb)

    To bump or impact.

    I knocked against the table and bruised my leg.

  7. knock(Verb)

    To denigrate, undervalue.

    Don't knock it until you've tried it.

  8. knock(Verb)

    To pass, kick a ball towards another player.

  9. Origin: Akin to Old Norse knoka (compare Swedish knocka, Danish knuge, to hug) and Middle High German knochen, to hit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knock(verb)

    to drive or be driven against something; to strike against something; to clash; as, one heavy body knocks against another

  2. Knock(verb)

    to strike or beat with something hard or heavy; to rap; as, to knock with a club; to knock on the door

  3. Knock(verb)

    to strike with something hard or heavy; to move by striking; to drive (a thing) against something; as, to knock a ball with a bat; to knock the head against a post; to knock a lamp off the table

  4. Knock(verb)

    to strike for admittance; to rap upon, as a door

  5. Knock(noun)

    a blow; a stroke with something hard or heavy; a jar

  6. Knock(noun)

    a stroke, as on a door for admittance; a rap

  7. Origin: [OE. knoken, AS. cnocian, cnucian; prob. of imitative origin; cf. Sw. knacka. Cf. Knack.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knock

    nok, v.i. to strike with something hard or heavy: to drive or be driven against: to strike for admittance: to rap.—v.t. to strike: to drive against.—n. a sudden stroke: a rap.—adj. Knock′-down, such as to overthrow.—ns. Knock′er, the hammer suspended to a door for making a knock: a goblin inhabiting a mine who points out the presence of ore by knocks; Knock′ing, a beating on a door: a rap.—adj. Knock′-kneed, having knees that knock or touch in walking.—Knock about (slang), to saunter, loaf about; Knock down, to fell with a blow: assign to a bidder with a tap of the auctioneer's hammer; Knock into a cocked hat (see Cock); Knock off, to desist, cease: to accomplish hastily; Knock on the head, to bring to a sudden stop; Knock out, to beat in a boxing match, to overcome generally: to lose the scent—of hounds in fox-hunting; Knock-out auction, an auction where the bidders are largely swindling confederates; Knock together, to get together or construct hastily; Knock under, to give in, yield; Knock up, to rouse by knocking: weary out, or be worn out: to construct hastily: (U.S.) to get with child. [A.S. cnucian, cnocian; imit. like knack; cf. Gael. cnac, cnag, &c.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Knock' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1853

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Knock' in Verbs Frequency: #430

How to pronounce Knock?

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How to say Knock in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Knock in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Knock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Knock in a Sentence

  1. Edward Blackwell:

    Hark, a knock at the door!

  2. Manny Pacquiao:

    The knock down was a big factor.

  3. Donald Trump:

    If you knock 'em out, nothing can happen.

  4. Pennsylvania State Trooper Robert Hicks:

    When they heard the knock, they knew who it was.

  5. Eduardo Marzagao:

    He had to knock on the cell door to go to the toilet.

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