- 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 injuryfull/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: LAPbring someone to their kneesto 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 knockused for saying that you feel very nervous or frightened:I stood up to speak, my knees knocking.on bended kneewith one knee or both knees on the ground:He asked her on bended knee to marry him.on your knees1. ) 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.kneeknee 2 [ ni ] verb transitiveto hurt someone by hitting them with your knee:She kneed him in the groin.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.