• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Knee-piece an angular piece of timber strengthening a joint where two roof-timbers meet: any defensive appliance covering the knee
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cneów, cneó; Ger. knie, L. genu, Gr. gonu.


In literature:

True to form, Tarzan at once dropped to his hands and knees and searched beneath the bed for the lost gold piece.
"Jungle Tales of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
It was the end of the piece, and his answer was lost in the general clearing of throats and tapping of knees.
"The Voyage Out" by Virginia Woolf
Tearing my handkerchief in two, I tied the pieces round my knees, and then encountered another difficulty.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
When seated, a small piece of pine board, about a foot square, is placed across his knees.
"The Twin Hells" by John N. Reynolds
Having done so, he drew his sword, laid it across his knees, broke the blade, and flung away the pieces.
"The Chouans" by Honore de Balzac
The women wore a piece of red or coloured cotton from their waist to their knees.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
Presently seeing he needed help she dropped to her knees beside him and tried to shove a piece of wood into place.
"The Burglar and the Blizzard" by Alice Duer Miller
Her head had fallen forward on her breast, a piece of hemming on her knee.
"Bought and Paid For" by Arthur Hornblow
His left side was torn and bleeding where a piece of shell had raked him from shoulder to knee.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces in the Red Cross" by Edith Van Dyne
The shell struck him full in the thigh, leaving his left leg hanging only by a piece of flesh, and shattering the right just at the knee.
"Ladysmith" by H. W. Nevinson

In poetry:

Now she has kilted her robes of green,
A piece below her knee:
And a' the live-lang winter night
The dead corpse followed she.
"Sweet William's Ghost" by Henry Morley

In news:

IN desperation, Rebekah Howell recently took the extreme step of having a piece of cartilage from a cadaver transplanted into her knee.
"Not everyone wants to make one of these," Hammond said, holding a small milled steel piece that keeps knee replacements aligned.