knee: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (nē), [key]
— n., v., kneed, knee•ing.
- the joint of the leg that allows for movement between the femur and tibia and is protected by the patella; the central area of the leg between the thigh and the lower leg. See diag. under
- the corresponding joint or region in the hind leg of a quadruped; stifle.
- a joint or region likened to this but not anatomically homologous with it, as the tarsal joint of a bird, the carpal joint in the forelimb of the horse or cow, etc.
- the part of a garment covering the knee.
- something resembling a bent knee, esp. a rigid or braced angle between two framing members.
- Also calledthe inward curve toward the top of a cabriole leg.
- the junction of the top and either of the uprights of a bent.
- a curved member for reinforcing the junction of two pieces meeting at an angle.
- a stone cut to follow a sharp return angle.
- to force someone into submission or compliance.
- to squelch or humiliate (a person) suddenly and thoroughly: The speaker cut the heckler off at the knees.
- I came to him on my knees for the money.
- in a supplicatory position or manner:I came to him on my knees for the money.
- in a desperate or declining condition:The country's economy is on its knees.
- to strike or touch with the knee.
- to secure (a structure, as a bent) with a knee.
- to go down on the knees; kneel.
- knee (Thesaurus)