• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • knock-out a blow which causes a person to become unconscious.
    • knock-out a strikingly beautiful woman.
    • n knock-out Act of knocking out, or state of being knocked out; the act of rendering a person unconscious by a blow.
    • a Knock-out That knocks out; characterized by knocking out; as, a knock-out blow; a knock-out key for knocking out a drill from a collet.
    • knock-out (Boxing) the winning of a boxing contest by rendering the opponent unable to stand for a specified period, usually a count of ten; -- in contrast to a win by a decision; as, Muhammed Ali won by a knockout in the first round.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It's safe to make love while parked in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Police officers aren't allowed to walk up and knock on the window. Any suspicious officer who thinks that sex is taking place must drive up from behind, honk his horn three times and wait approximately two minutes before getting out of his car to investigate.
    • knock-out Causing one to be knocked out, as by a blow in a fight; hence, very effective; crushing: as, a knock-out blow.
    • n knock-out In pugilism, the act of rendering insensible; a blow which produces insensibility.
    • n knock-out A knock-off; a release; specifically, a device for allowing a valve in a spring-testing machine to open when the ram encounters a resistance.
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.”
  • Clare Boothe Luce
    “Male supremacy has kept woman down. It has not knocked her out.”
  • Mary Ann Allison
    Mary Ann Allison
    “Hire the best. Pay them fairly. Communicate frequently. Provide challenges and rewards. Believe in them. Get out of their way and they'll knock your socks off.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”
  • Muhammad Ali
    “I am the greatest. Not only do I knock em out, I pick the round!”


In literature:

The conceit was already sufficiently knocked out of me to enable me to take this indifference in good part.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
Knock out the wedges on both sides as you come to them, and work your way forward until you meet us.
"The Pirate Island" by Harry Collingwood
Decent fellow, I should say, if the nonsense were knocked out of him.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Then I knocked out the bungs of the casks, and joined their contents to the flood.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
For my part, I had been so much hurt that it was as if the shrinking was all knocked out of me, and I was no less eager to begin than he.
"Burr Junior" by G. Manville Fenn
It seemed to be all knocked out of me at once.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn
You seemed ready to knock up last night, tired out.
"Marcus: the Young Centurion" by George Manville Fenn
Roger Trew knocked it out of his hand with his oar, which the savage then seized.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Besides those already wounded, another close to Mr Norman had his brains knocked out.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
It knocked out several, and stopped a little way outside.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston
Furs' man knocks out de middle-man (marble) got de game.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Who ever heard of any one knocking out the devil's eye, or injuring him in any way?
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
Aid with two well-directed taps he knocked the pins out of their sockets, and let down the backboard of the cart.
"The Mark Of Cain" by Andrew Lang
But he might knock the logs apart and put the fire out.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Gee whiz, it knocks me out!
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
Wouldn't help us much to knock out the baron's river detachment right now, would it?
"Millennium" by Everett B. Cole
Whoever knocked the most nuts out of the row won the whole lot.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
I only realized I had been knocked out when I felt myself coming to.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
Evidently our canine hero had got his nose knocked out of joint.
"Burl" by Morrison Heady
Wouldn't take much to knock out what little there is of it.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford

In poetry:

Wash sayin', Bill? Wash 'at I 'ear?
Yeh don't want me ter shout?
You been teeto'ler fer a year!
Well, 'ash a fair knock-out!
You mean er shay...lemme buy lime,
Wile you....injoyed it all er time!
"The Bar-Room Patriot" by C J Dennis
When sawcie Mirth shall knock or call at doore,
Cry out, Get hence,
Or cry no more.
Almightie God doth grieve, he puts on sense:
I sinne not to my grief alone,
But to my God's too; he doth grone.
"Ephesians IV. 30. "Grieve Not The Holy Spirit, &c."" by George Herbert
And slides across our path, a moving clot of night,
His wings knocking loudly as he flies along,
Startling the stillness. And he fades out of our sight
And in his shadowy thicket resumes the song.
"The Nightjars" by Edward Shanks
They slept in peace: in marshes here and there no doubt
A sterile dragon lingered to a natural death,
But in a year the spoor had vanished from the heath:
A kobold's knocking in the mountain petered out.
"A New Age" by W H Auden
They slept in peace: in marshes here and there no doubt
A sterile dragon lingered to a natural death,
But in a year the spoor had vanished from the heath;
The kobold's knocking in the mountain petered out.
"In the Time of War, XII" by W H Auden
Women knock at the door in vain, don’t open it.
You stay alone, the light goes out,
and in the dark your eyes glow enormous.
You’re convinced, you no longer know suffering.
And you expect nothing from friends.
"Shoulders Support The World" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

In news:

From Knock-out Blow to Knock-out Plant.
Target's deputy tries to knock out a Dayton.
Talk about a knock out.
Torrential Sierra Foothills storm knocks out power (video).
Right over the plate like a hung curveball, just waiting to be knocked out of the park.
Knock out your novel in just 90 days with a little help from: 90 Days to Your Novel.
La Salle lost to the Central Section champion as Clovis won 19-25, 25-23, 25-15, 18-25, 15-11 to knock out the fifth-seeded Lancers, who finished 34-3.
On my way home from Ellensburg i thought i would catch the amazing lightning show on video after watching the video i noticed i caught the lightning strike that knocked out power for most of yakima.
Storm knocks out power in Hixson.
Car crash knocks out power on 23rd Street in Chattanooga.
Manny Pacquiao knocked out by Juan Marquez in 6th round of non-title welterweight bout.
Marquez knocks out Pacquiao in the sixth round.
(CNN) — With a crushing right hand, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of a non-title bout in Las Vegas late Saturday, scoring a definitive victory after three previous bouts that ended in close judgments.
The midsummer windstorm that knocked out power for days and left much of central Ohio miserable had one good effect: It got Dawes Arboretum to finally clean out that old forest.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III has been knocked out of two games, on more.

In science:

The recoil due to the scattering of photons knocks atoms out of the condensate and depletes it with a rate γs .
Comment on the paper: Quantum backaction of optical observations on Bose-Einstein condensates by U. Leonhardt, T. Kiss, and P. Piwnicki, Eur. Phys. J. D7, 413 (1999)
Results are presented for proton knock-out from closed-shell nuclei, for moderate to high momentum transfer.
Meson Exchange Currents in (e,e'p) recoil polarization observables
Figure 13: Transferred polarization ratios P ′l and P ′t for proton knock-out from the p shells in 16O, and q = 460 MeV/c, ω = 100 MeV.
Meson Exchange Currents in (e,e'p) recoil polarization observables
In the knockout reaction a nucleon at the surface of the pro jectile is knocked out of its orbital by a peripheral collision with the target nucleus.
New magic numbers
The cross-section for the knock-out reaction can be reliably calculated using Glauber theory and can be used as a measure of the occupation of the orbital, which can be compared with the predication of shell model calculations.
New magic numbers
Thus in Path 1 we can think of a new ion coming in and knocking the present ion out the other side.
From Brownian Dynamics to Markov Chain: an Ion Channel Example
At the end of the hadronic cascade, some quasiparticles remain in the nuclear Fermi gas as “holes” (Nh ), which are knocked-out nucleons, and particles (Np ), which are slow cascade nucleons trapped by the nuclear potential.
Evaluation of the total photoabsorption cross sections for actinides from photofission data and model calculations
The scattered electrons and knocked out particles are detected in the halls with various spectrometer detector packages.
New Results on Nucleon Spin Structure
Early conclusions drawn from the longitudinal/transverse ratio of the cross section for electron-induced proton knock-out have since been convincingly refuted.
Recent Experimental Results from JLab
Polarization transfer in quasi-elastic nucleon knock-out, ((cid:126)e, e(cid:48) (cid:126)N ), provides the required sensitivity to the properties of the nucleon in the nuclear medium.
Recent Experimental Results from JLab
One of the two high-resolution spectrometers in Hall A was used to detect the scattered electron, the other to detect the knocked-out proton.
Recent Experimental Results from JLab
The nucleon-nucleon force is strongly attractive at long range, but at short range the nuclear force changes sign and then becomes highly repulsive. A survey of proton knock-out by electrons has shown that the spectroscopic strengths for valence orbitals amounts to only ∼60% of its sum rule value.
Recent Experimental Results from JLab
In the past decade a series of double-polarization measurements of neutron knock-out from a polarized 2H or 3He target have provided accurate data on Gn E .
Recent Experimental Results from JLab
The scattered electron and the knocked-out neutron were detected in coincidence using the open-geometry electron spectrometer BigBite and the large neutron detector BigHAND.
Recent Experimental Results from JLab
Here as per our model the νµ beam knocks out an h(3He).
On the New Puzzling Results from MiniBooNE