What does knuckle mean?

Definitions for knuckle
ˈnʌk əlknuck·le

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. knuckle, knuckle joint, metacarpophalangeal jointverb

    a joint of a finger when the fist is closed

  2. knuckleverb

    press or rub with the knuckles

  3. knuckleverb

    shoot a marble while keeping one's knuckles on the ground

Wiktionary

  1. knucklenoun

    Any of the joints between the phalanges of the fingers.

    Etymology: From the diminutive of a word for bone, found in Knochen

  2. knucklenoun

    A mechanical joint.

    Etymology: From the diminutive of a word for bone, found in Knochen

  3. knucklenoun

    A cut of meat.

    Etymology: From the diminutive of a word for bone, found in Knochen

  4. knucklenoun

    The curved part of the cushion at the entrance to the pockets on a cue sports table.

    Etymology: From the diminutive of a word for bone, found in Knochen

  5. knuckleverb

    To apply pressure, or rub or massage with one's knuckles.

    He knuckled the sleep from his eyes.

    Etymology: From the diminutive of a word for bone, found in Knochen

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knucklenoun

    the joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the closing of the fingers

    Etymology: [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. knchel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.]

  2. Knucklenoun

    the kneejoint, or middle joint, of either leg of a quadruped, especially of a calf; -- formerly used of the kneejoint of a human being

    Etymology: [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. knchel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.]

  3. Knucklenoun

    the joint of a plant

    Etymology: [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. knchel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.]

  4. Knucklenoun

    the joining pars of a hinge through which the pin or rivet passes; a knuckle joint

    Etymology: [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. knchel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.]

  5. Knucklenoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. knchel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.]

  6. Knucklenoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. knchel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.]

  7. Knuckleverb

    to yield; to submit; -- used with down, to, or under

    Etymology: [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. knchel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.]

  8. Knuckleverb

    to beat with the knuckles; to pommel

    Etymology: [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. knchel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.]

Freebase

  1. Knuckle

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knuckle

    nuk′l, n. projecting joint of the fingers; (cook.) the knee-joint of a calf or pig.—v.i. to bend the fingers: to touch the forehead as a mark of respect: to yield.—v.t. (rare) to touch with the knuckle.—ns. Knuck′le-bones, a game (called also Dibs); Knuck′le-bow, the curved part of a sword-guard that covers the fingers; Knuck′le-dust′er, a kind of modern cestus, devised as a protection against garrotters; Knuck′le-joint, a joint where the forked end of a connecting-rod is joined by a bolt to another piece of the machinery.—Knuckle down, to apply one's self with vigour to a task: to submit—in this sense, also Knuckle under. [M. E. knokil; cf. Dut. knokkel; prob. Celt., W. cnwc.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. knuckle

    A sudden angle made on some timbers by a quick reverse of shape, such as the knuckles of the counter-timbers.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knuckle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knuckle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of knuckle in a Sentence

  1. Emma Shaw:

    And that's really frustrating for me, because it's always like,' loyalists, or knuckle draggers, they're in the past, they don't want society to move forward.' And that actually couldn't be further from the truth, especially in regards to the women.

  2. Kim Jong:

    If it (the United States) keeps thinking that way, it will never be able to move the DPRK even a knuckle nor gain any interests no matter how many times it may sit for talks with the DPRK.

  3. Jeff Gordon:

    Spectators need to understand how white-knuckle an experience it is, how mentally draining and how not fun it is, i would rather watch those races than participate in them.

  4. Ian Russell:

    The anti-science, knuckle-dragging -- if not anti-vax, certainly vaccine-skeptic -- wing of the Republican Party that's on the rise these days, that's not how you win a general election, president Joe Biden needs Covid to be in the rearview mirror by the height of the election season next year in the midterms, so we've got to do everything we can -- within the bounds of reason -- to lower Covid cases so that we can fully reopen the economy, fully reopen schools and just be done with this. A vaccine mandate is a tool that President Joe Biden has to accomplish that goal of getting Covid in a rearview mirror.

  5. Emma Shaw:

    The word loyalist is always portrayed in a really negative light, and that's really frustrating for me, because it's always like,' loyalists, or knuckle draggers, they're in the past, they don't want society to move forward.' And that actually couldn't be further from the truth, especially in regards to the women.

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    joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
    • A. anil
    • B. mitre
    • C. concoction
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