• WordNet 3.6
    • v kneecap shoot in the kneecap, often done by terrorist groups as a warning "They kneecapped the industrialist"
    • n kneecap a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • kneecap A cap or protection for the knee.
    • kneecap (Anat) A roundish, flattened, sesamoid bone in the tendon in front of the knee joint; the patella; the kneepan.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kneecap The bone capping the protuberance of the knee; the kneepan; the patella. See cut under knee-joint.
    • n kneecap Any covering for the knee, worn as a protection from injury either to the joint or to the clothing that covers it.
    • n kneecap Milit., same as genouillère.
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In literature:

As well as I could make out, the kneecap seemed turned up on edge in the midst of the swelling.
"The Sea-Wolf" by Jack London
He wears a cuirass, and yellow gloves, gray stockings, and boots with large tops, and kneecaps of cloth.
"Roundabout Papers" by William Makepeace Thackeray
My kneecap is hurting me.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
His elevation above the valley was about the kneecap of the Generoso.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
His kneecaps never splayed in the normal outward direction of crossed legs.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
In aiming kneeling, the left elbow rests on the left knee, point of elbow in front of kneecap.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
A nude, hardy boy six years old reveals ankle-bones, kneecap, sharp hips, ribs, collar-bone and shoulder-blade with startling fidelity.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
In aiming kneeling, the left elbow rests on the left knee, point of elbow in front of kneecap.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
They caught him up, and when at close range fired on him and wounded him in the knee, smashing the kneecap.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
I'd bunged up my kneecap more than I wanted to think about.
"Card Trick" by Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett

In poetry:

Pale white in private moonlight,
Like round-eyed sores,
Flap your scabby kneecaps apart,
My ugly whores!
"My Little Lovelies" by Arthur Rimbaud

In news:

Did Obama Kneecap the 9/11 Suspects' Defense Lawyers .
Newsome plays on despite dislocated kneecap.
Hampton coach Mike Smith says quarterback Deon Newsome is good to go Friday night after dislocating his kneecap in last week's loss to Phoebus.
BSU's Moore Suffers Dislocated Kneecap.
Boise State's Brittany Moore will miss the next 2-3 weeks after suffering a dislocated kneecap in the Broncos loss to Arizona.
I have been having kneecap pain for years.
Taking It On the Kneecap.
Did Obama Kneecap the 9/11 Suspects' Defense Lawyers.
Wizards' John Wall is suffering from a bone bruise under kneecap, could miss more time.
ST PAUL (AP) — Minnesota Wild center James Sheppard (FSY) broke his left kneecap Saturday night, and there is no timetable for his return.
Kansas third baseman Tony Thompson, the reigning Big 12 Conference player of the year, will miss the first few weeks of the season after fouling a pitch off his kneecap in practice last week.
Taking It On the Kneecap .
Wizards' John Wall is suffering from a bone bruise under kneecap , could miss more time.
BSU's Moore Suffers Dislocated Kneecap .
PARIS (AP) — The Quick Step team says former world champion Tom Boonen will miss the Tour de France next month due to tendinitis around his left kneecap.