knee-high

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv knee-high up to the knees "we were standing knee-deep in the water"
    • n knee-high a sock or stocking that reaches up to just below the knees
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Knee-high Rising or reaching upward to the knees; as, the water is knee-high .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • knee-high As high as the knee: as, water knee-high.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Knee-high rising or reaching to the knees
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Idioms

Knee-high to a grasshopper - If something happened when you were knee-high to a grasshopper, it happened when you were a very young child.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cneów, cneó; Ger. knie, L. genu, Gr. gonu.

Usage

In literature:

The houses they passed now hardly reached as high as their knees.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
Nea, who had been trained to scientific thinking since she was knee-high, had to think up an answer.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
We circled the high wall of white marble keeping some twenty feet away, where the grass gave knee-high cover we could drop into instantly.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
Finally, Bela, with a highly indifferent air, came to him with a plate of food which she put on his knees.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
They put the pursuit on him, sure as you're knee-high to a hope of heaven!
"No Clue" by James Hay
All 't 'aint hid, holler knee high!
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Circle extended leg forward, knee high, 2.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
He hesitated a moment, then pushed between the knee-high stalks.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
The grain stood out in knee-high ridges in all directions to the limit of visibility.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
Uya following stopped knee-high across the stream, and the man who was swimming turned about.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
As she did not offer to touch the missive, His Highness presently sat down and crowded up against her knees.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
Since he was knee-high he's always had an aidge on most folks, 'count of his size an' weight.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Then he stumbled against something taut and knee-high, and he found it was the tie-rope.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Turn round, your Highness; glance at the young person Who on her knees unpacks the clothes.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
The railing around the slab was knee-high.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
After a few yards I come to an impasse; something more than knee high; boulder, ridge, I can't tell.
"The Lost Kafoozalum" by Pauline Ashwell
So he was profoundly impressed, and accordingly proud, and added half an inch to the high-knee action of his strut.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
This reunion was to occur the next spring, of 1891, when the grass was knee high.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Instantly the stick sprang to life, and a powerful, slimy coil wound itself around the man's leg as high as the knee.
"Doubloons--and the Girl" by John Maxwell Forbes
I learnt that much before I wuz knee-high to a grasshopper.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
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In poetry:

Because he has that faith which sees
Before the high Creator
A Virgin pleading on her knees —
A shining Mediator!
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
Now here is where I fail to understand,
And put my question in all reverence,
On bended knee with head most lowly bent,
To the All-High, All-Knowing Providence.
"The Question" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Dwellers in places waste and lone,
Toilers upon the seas--
Mayhap they seldom pray high heaven.
Softly--on bended knees--
Yet in the roll-call of Thy Saints,
Dear Christ--remember these.
"Saints" by Virna Sheard
And when arise serener days,
Whose air is praise,
The song of thankfulness we raise
On high shall be,
Not that to some vast All we bend the knee,
But that each soul has one sure friend in Thee.
"Praying Always" by Lucy Larcom
O mother dear! blame not your child, if then on bended knees
I dropped, and thought of Abelard, and also Eloise;
Or when, beside the altar high, he bowed before the pyx,
I envied that seraphic kiss he gave the crucifix.
"The Ritualist" by Francis Bret Harte
High in the vast cathedral of the trees
He hung the bell of bronze; there in God's name
He taught the law of Love; there on his knees
In the sun-dappled gloom, midst birds and bees,
He lifted up the cross, with words of name.
"Jean De Breboeuf" by Virna Sheard

In news:

A group of Suicide Girls from Ohio got together for a slumber party , complete with beer, knee-high socks and lots of ink.
Remember that old saying "Knee high by the 4th of July.".
Video from Costa Rica shows a tour guide playing "chicken" with a giant crocodile when he slipped into knee-high mud.
I had wanted a pair of knee-high rubber boots, the shiny kind I had seen in the catalog, and I did get a pair for Christmas.
A large study reports a high increased risk for acute MI (AMI) in the first 6 weeks after total-hip replacement (THR) or total-knee replacement (TKR) surgery.
From an early spring, to labor concerns and frost damages, Michigan specialty crop growers are knee high in one unpredictable year.
Channeling her aunt 's most iconic role, the young actress wears blonde wig, knee-high boots and tiny skirt.
Not since the nineties have knee-high socks been so popular.
A "knee jerk reaction" as defined in the Free Dictionary by Farlex is an immediate unthinking emotional reaction produced by an event or statement to which the reacting person is highly sensitive…in persons with strong feelings on a topic.
Friends and family of Danielle Jelinek searched a two-mile swath along a Chisago County highway, marching through knee-high snow and making their way slowly through the woods, hoping to find a clue to the missing woman's disappearance .
Friends and family of Danielle Jelinek searched a two-mile swath along a Chisago County highway, marching through knee-high snow and making their way slowly through the woods, hoping to find a clue to the missing woman's disappearance.
All we need are some super rad looking dudes dressed in short shorts and knee-high socks willing to crush it at the local public park.
When I checked our corn this morning, it was well shy of knee-high, that height, according to folk wisdom, it should reach by the Fourth of July.
This is video of a girls' high school soccer match in Salt Lake City, where East High girls soccer player Petiola Manuta intentionally knee-lifted Woods Cross player Makenzie Clark in the head.
Senior Lindsey Jasperse (right, No 21) goes knee-to-knee with an Analy opponent during a recent SCL match at the high school field.
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In science:

Behaviour of primary cosmic ray nuclei spectra in the vicinity of the ‘knee’ is, undoubtedly, one of the key elements for solution of problem of high energy cosmic rays sources and for establishment of acceleration mechanisms.
Energy spectrum and mass composition of primary cosmic rays around the `knee' in the framework of the model with two types of sources
Besides the issue of the hadronic or leptonic origin of the gamma ray emission from SNRs, the problem of the (unexpected) high level of isotropy observed from CRs up to the energy of the knee still persists (e.g. ).
Gamma Ray Astronomy and the Origin of Galactic Cosmic Rays
The differences decrease at intermediate masses, around the “knee” of the observed mass function, where the simulated masses are only high by a factor of 1.5–2.
Galaxies in a Simulated $\Lambda$CDM Universe II: Observable Properties and Constraints on Feedback
NGC 1333 contains a high number of embedded protostars, cores and outflows (Knee & Sandell 2000), and while showing a spread in isochronal ages was found to have a median age of 2 Myrs (Winston et al. 2009).
The Properties of X-ray Luminous Young Stellar Objects in the NGC 1333 and Serpens Embedded Clusters
Examples for new results on the primary cosmic ray flux are the measurements below the knee by AMS, BESS and ATIC, in the knee energy region by KASCADE and TIBET, and at the highest energies by the High Resolution Fly’s Eye (HiRes) experiment.
Very High Energy Cosmic Rays and Their Interactions
Whereas there are several detectors measuring the cosmic ray flux in the knee region and at ultra-high energy, there is a lack of data in the energy range 1017 − 1019 eV.
Very High Energy Cosmic Rays and Their Interactions
This is getting close to the knee of the CR spectrum, ∼1015.5 eV, that signals the high-energy end of the Galactic CR distribution (e.g., Blasi 2005).
VHE astrophysics: recent developments
When used to scan images by means of a sliding window, however, their high computational complexity can bring even the most powerful hardware to its knees.
Fast Image Scanning with Deep Max-Pooling Convolutional Neural Networks
It is known that shock wave acceleration in a supernova explosion does not explain the high energy component of cosmic rays (above the so called knee energy 1016 eV).
Cosmic Rays, Gamma Rays and Neutrinos from Point Sources
The main astrophysical questions related to high-energy cosmic rays (CR) are those for the source and the acceleration mechanisms of CR and the origin of the knee in the all-particle spectrum.
High-Energy Interactions and Extensive Air Showers
The multi-muon event rate is high enough to make studies of the knee region possible with one year of data taking.
Study of Multi-muon Events from EAS with the L3 Detector at Shallow Depth Underground
The very high energy (VHE) region of γ -rays from 100 GeV to 100 TeV presents a special interest, because these γ -rays carry direct information about the sources responsible for formation of the most energetic part of the spectrum of GCRs extending to the so-called ‘knee’ around 1015 eV.
Gamma Rays from Molecular Clouds
It has also been suggested that the knee is not a property of the primary energy spectrum itself, but rather may be caused by changing high-energy interactions in the earth atmosphere6 .
Cosmic Rays in the Energy Range of the Knee - Recent Results from KASCADE --
In an elliptical galaxy, where the SFR was quite high but lasted for a relatively short time (∼ 0.2 − 0.4 Gyr), (tI a)E ∼ 0.3 Gyr. • The knee observed in the [α/Fe] vs. [Fe/H] relations in the solar neighbourhood stars corresponds to a timescale tknee = 1 Gyr.
On the typical timescale for the chemical enrichment from SNeIa in Galaxies
Comparison with Figure 1 shows the ‘value’ of the SNR trapping: particles above the knee ( at 3 PeV ) have now a higher intensity and thus this model is better able to explain the observation of particles of these high energies in practice.
Are there pulsars in the knee ?
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