knee1 [ ni ] noun count ***
1. ) the part in the middle of your leg, where it bends:
Bend your knees when you pick up heavy objects.
We were up to our knees in mud.
She wore a black dress reaching to just above the knee.
Her knees buckled and she fell to the floor.
Shirley sat in the corner, hugging her knees.
a serious knee injury
full/drop etc. to your knees (=put your knees on the ground): He dropped to his knees and started praying.
a ) the part of a pants leg that covers your knee:
His jeans had holes in both knees.
2. ) the upper part of your legs when you are sitting down, where you can hold a child or object: LAP
bring someone to their knees
to almost defeat someone, or make them extremely weak:
The marathon brought quite a few runners to their knees.
The strike nearly brought the government to its knees.
your knees knock
used for saying that you feel very nervous or frightened:
I stood up to speak, my knees knocking.
on bended knee
with one knee or both knees on the ground:
He asked her on bended knee to marry him.
on your knees
1. ) with your knees on the ground:
I was on my hands and knees looking under the bed.
2. ) used for emphasizing that you are very sorry:
He should be on his knees begging for forgiveness.
3. ) used for emphasizing that you want someone to help you:
Do I have to go down on my knees and beg?
4. ) extremely weak after a very difficult period:
The economy was on its knees.
knee 2 [ ni ] verb transitive
to hurt someone by hitting them with your knee:
She kneed him in the groin.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Knee — (n[=e]), n. [OE. kne, cneo, As. cne[ o], cne[ o]w; akin to OS. knio, kneo, OFries. kn[=i], G. & D. knie, OHG. chniu, chneo, Icel. kn[=e], Sw. kn[ a], Dan. kn[ae], Goth. kniu, L. genu, Gr. go ny, Skr. j[=a]nu, [root]231. Cf. {Genuflection}.] 1. In …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knee — [nē] n. [ME kne < OE cneow, akin to Ger knie < IE base * ĝeneu > Sans jānu, Gr gony, gonia, L genu, a knee] 1. a) the joint between the thigh and the lower part of the human leg b) the front part of the leg at this joint 2. a joint… …   English World dictionary

  • knee — ► NOUN 1) the joint between the thigh and the lower leg. 2) the upper surface of a person s thigh when sitting. 3) something resembling a knee in shape or position, e.g. an angled piece of wood or metal. ► VERB (knees, kneed, kneeing) ▪ hit with… …   English terms dictionary

  • Knee — (n[=e]), v. t. To supplicate by kneeling. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Fall down, and knee The way into his mercy. Shak [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knee — knee; knee·let; knee·sie; …   English syllables

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  • Knee — The knee is a joint which has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the large shin bone (the tibia) to form the main knee joint. This joint has an inner (medial) and an outer (lateral) compartment. The kneecap (the patella) joins the… …   Medical dictionary

  • knee — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ left, right ▪ bony, knobbly, knobby (esp. AmE) ▪ bare ▪ bent …   Collocations dictionary

  • knee — n. & v. n. 1 a (often attrib.) the joint between the thigh and the lower leg in humans. b the corresponding joint in other animals. c the area around this. d the upper surface of the thigh of a sitting person; the lap (held her on his knee). 2… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • knee — knee1 W2S2 [ni:] n [: Old English; Origin: cneow] 1.) the joint that bends in the middle of your leg ▪ Lucy had a bandage round her knee. on your knees ▪ She was on her knees (=kneeling) weeding the garden. sink/fall/drop to your knees (=move so… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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