kneel

Definitions

  • the Kneeling Scribe in The Gizeh Museum
    the Kneeling Scribe in The Gizeh Museum
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v kneel rest one's weight on one's knees "In church you have to kneel during parts of the service"
    • n kneel supporting yourself on your knees
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing kneeling winged bulls Showing kneeling winged bulls
The Rose, chained, kneels on the floor before her captors The Rose, chained, kneels on the floor before her captors
The lovers kneeling to receive Don Pedro's blessing The lovers kneeling to receive Don Pedro's blessing
Joan kneels before the throne Joan kneels before the throne
The elephant kneels after the dog bites its trunk The elephant kneels after the dog bites its trunk
Knave kneeling Knave kneeling
William kneeling behind his door, with a curl of smoke rising from it William kneeling behind his door, with a curl of smoke rising from it

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Kneel nēl To bend the knee; to fall or rest on the knees; -- sometimes with down.☞ The act of kneeling, when performed in front of a person, is often done as a sign of respect, humility, or supplication. It has a similar significance when performed in front of religious objects, such as an altar or shrine. "And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.""As soon as you are dressed, kneel and say the Lord's Prayer."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • kneel To go down on the knees or a knee; bend the legs at the knees and rest for a time upon them, or upon one of them, as in supplication or homage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Kneel nēl to bend the knee: to rest or fall on the knee
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If your knees are knocking, kneel on them.”
  • Billy Wilder
    Billy Wilder
    “I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “The surest way to hit a woman's heart is to take aim kneeling.”
  • Leonard Ravenhill
    Leonard Ravenhill
    “"If you kneel before God, you will stand before men."”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. knelen, cneolien,; akin to D. knielen, Dan. knæle,. See Knee
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Knee.

Usage

In literature:

Usually, when thus taken by surprise, the springboks stop for a moment or two and gaze at the kneeling hunter.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
Understanding at once the purpose for which I had been called, I kneeled at the head while the Indian kneeled at the feet.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
Again he asked a curt question, and Mansoor, kneeling in front of him, answered it.
"A Desert Drama Being The Tragedy Of The "Korosko"" by A. Conan Doyle
Zaidos, kneeling, buried his face in the pillow.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
The greatest difficulty was the mounting and dismounting, both of which performances had to be done when the camel was kneeling.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
Kneel doon, Robin, an' say it to me, an' we'll baith say it to God, for I'm weary tae.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
And therewithal Sir Tristram kneeled adown, and yielded him up his sword.
"Stories of King Arthur and His Knights" by U. Waldo Cutler
He kneels beside her, sometimes reciting with her, sometimes wrapt in solemn silence.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
He stuck a slice of bread on a toasting fork, but did not kneel down before the fire for a moment or two.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Meanwhile Rosita had drawn out her loom, and, kneeling down in front of it, went on with her work as if no stranger were present.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

And when she came to us again,
She moved with lighter air;
We thought the angels ministered
To her while kneeling there.
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Once more I kneel. The earth is dark,
And darker yet the air;
If light there be, 'tis but a spark
Amid a world's despair—
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Before life's sweetest mystery still
The heart in reverence kneels;
The wonder of the primal birth
The latest mother feels.
"Child-Songs" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A woman is kneeling beside him;
A fair young head is pressed,
In the first wild passion of sorrow,
Against his aged breast.
"After All" by William Winter
Till all the memory of that early look,
My kneeling by his knee,
The gentle warning and the soft rebuke,
Would waken up in me
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
"Is it choice whereby the Parsee
Kneels before his mother's fire?
In his black tent did the Tartar
Choose his wandering sire?
"What The Voice Said" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Followers of paddleboarding point to Hawaii as the source of the activity, in which a person stands or kneels on an oversized surfboard and uses long paddles to move through the water.
This is the photo of Johannes Mehserle taken by Oscar Grant with his cell phone moments before Mehserle shot him in the back as he lay face down on the BART platform, restrained by Officer Tony Pirone kneeling on his head and neck.
All hail, Neil Young: Linneman's Riverwest Inn holds its eighth annual "Kneel to Neil," a concert to benefit the rocker's favorite charity, The Bridge School, and WMSE-FM (91.7).
Muslim protesters kneel down to pray at an event challenging the NYPD's surveillance program.
This photo shows the police officer kneeling down to give this homeless man a pair of boots on a cold November night.
Kneeling left to right are Caitlyn Gomez, Kaitlyn Upton and Selina Anzaldua.
Sikeston head coach Doyle Noe (kneeling) talks to his team during the Class 2, District 1 semifinal against Cape Central Tuesday at Farmington High School.
A group of detainees kneels during an early morning Islamic prayer at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
United States' Jorge Villafana kneels on the field after the US team tied 3-3 with El Salvador in a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying soccer match on Monday in Nashville.
With three-quarters of the season complete, a snapshot look at playing time for Patriots offensive skill-position players, which in some cases highlights their value (snaps include penalties but not kneel-downs).
I'm kneeling in the sand, and it's eerily quiet all around me.
(Kneel-down at end of half not included.
Here's the media release: The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed free agent goaltender Christopher Nihlstorp (pronounced kneel-storp) to a one year, two-way contract.
Chargers Returner Goodman Won't Kneel.
Steve David kneels on his Oh Boy.
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