What does knock mean?

Definitions for knock

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. knock, knockingnoun

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

    "the knocking grew louder"

  2. knock, roastnoun

    negative criticism

  3. knock, bash, bang, smash, beltnoun

    a vigorous blow

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

  4. knocknoun

    a bad experience

    "the school of hard knocks"

  5. knock, belt, rap, whack, whangverb

    the act of hitting vigorously

    "he gave the table a whack"

  6. knock, strike hardverb

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

  7. knockverb

    rap with the knuckles

    "knock on the door"

  8. bump, knockverb

    knock against with force or violence

    "My car bumped into the tree"

  9. tap, rap, knock, pinkverb

    make light, repeated taps on a surface

    "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"

  10. pink, ping, knockverb

    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 apartverb

    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. Knockverb

    To criticise; to find fault with; to disparage.


  1. knocknoun

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

    I heard a knock on my door.

  2. knocknoun

    An impact.

    He took a knock on the head.

  3. knocknoun

    a batsman's innings.

    He played a slow but sure knock of 35.

  4. knocknoun

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

  5. knockverb

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

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

  6. knockverb

    To bump or impact.

    I knocked against the table and bruised my leg.

  7. knockverb

    To denigrate, undervalue.

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

  8. knockverb

    To pass, kick a ball towards another player.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Knocknoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Some men never conceive how the motion of the earth should wave him from a knock perpendicularly directed from a body in the air above. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Err. b. vii.

    Ajax belabours there an harmless ox,
    And thinks that Agamemnon feels the knocks. John Dryden.

    Guiscard, in his leathern frock,
    Stood ready, with his thrice-repeated knock:
    Thrice with a doleful sound the jarring grate
    Rung deaf and hollow. John Dryden, Boccace.

  2. To Knockverb

    How do you mean removing him?
    —— Why, by making him incapable of Othello’s place; knocking out his brains. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    He that has his chains knocked off, and the prison doors set open to him, is perfectly at liberty. John Locke.

    Time was, a sober Englishman would knock
    His servants up, and rise by five o’clock;
    Instruct his family in ev’ry rule
    And send his wife to church, his son to school. Dryden.

    So when the cook saw my jaws thus knock it,
    She would have made a pancake of my pocket. John Cleveland.

    At him he lanch’d his spear, and pierc’d his breast;
    On the hard earth the Lycian knock’d his head,
    And lay supine; and forth the spirit fled. Dryden.

    ’Tis the sport of statesmen,
    When heroes knock their knotty heads together,
    And fall by one another. Nicholas Rowe.

    He began to knock down his fellow citizens with a great deal of zeal, and to fill all Arabia with an unnatural medley of religion and bloodshed. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 50.

    A man who is gross in a woman’s company, ought to be knocked down with a club. Clarissa.

    He betook himself to his orchard, and walking there was knocked on the head by a tree. Robert South, Sermons.

    Excess, either with an apoplexy, knocks a man on the head; or with a fever, like fire in a strong-water-shop, burns him down to the ground. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.

  3. To Knockverb

    Etymology: cnucian, Saxon; cnoce, a blow, Welsh.

    Any hard body thrust forwards by another body contiguous, without knocking, giveth no noise. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    They may say, the atoms of the chaos being variously moved according to this catholick law, must needs knock and interfere. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Villain, I say knock me at this gate,
    And rap me well; or I’ll knock your knave’s pate. William Shakespeare.

    Whether to knock against the gates of Rome,
    Or rudely visit them in parts remote,
    To fright them, ere destroy. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I bid the rascal knock upon your gate,
    And could not get get him for my heart to do it. William Shakespeare.

    For harbour at a thousand doors they knock’d,
    Not one of all the thousand but was lock’d. Dryden.

    Knock at your own breast, and ask your soul,
    If those fair fatal eyes edg’d not your sword. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knockverb

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

  2. Knockverb

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

  3. Knockverb

    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. Knockverb

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

  5. Knocknoun

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

  6. Knocknoun

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

  7. Etymology: [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

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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. Christine Lagarde:

    Unsurprisingly, a weaker global environment has knock-on effects on the region through a variety of channels - trade, remittances, capital flows, commodity prices, and financing conditions.

  2. Ohio England Justin Rose:

    I haven't seen a putt go in all week from outside eight feet, it feels like, to knock that ball in on the last, it was a nice bonus for sure. My game's in good shape. If I look back at Augusta, that was the start of me feeling very confident.

  3. Jere Simpson:

    We thought that if we could just knock down one really big client, we could pay for the whole workforce, and anything we made past that would be extra profit.

  4. Dominic Raab:

    I knock on doors every day, no one gives a toss about the social media cut and thrust. What they care about is the substance of the issues, and of course there's a huge amount of scepticism about the claims of all politicians.

  5. Joe Conlon:

    Down in Central and South America, they’re using these thermal foggers— that can work and knock down the mosquito, but in the U.S, they’re not going to allow federal and state folks to allow them into their homes to do that, it’s not something that mosquito abatement will do, but public pressure may make them do that. People might demand something like that of their own volition.

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