• Dad Got Down on his Knees and Tried to Say a Prayer 178
    Dad Got Down on his Knees and Tried to Say a Prayer 178
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n knee joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee
    • n knee the part of a trouser leg that provides the cloth covering for the knee
    • n knee hinge joint in the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Mare broke her knees and the Farmer his crown The Mare broke her knees and the Farmer his crown
View of Knee-joint View of Knee-joint
A nun is on her knees before a man in a short flared skirt A nun is on her knees before a man in a short flared skirt

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An elephant has 4 knees
    • Knee A bending of the knee, as in respect or courtesy. "Give them title, knee , and approbation."
    • Knee (Mech. & Shipbuilding) A piece of timber or metal formed with an angle somewhat in the shape of the human knee when bent.
    • Knee In man, the joint in the middle part of the leg.
    • Knee (Anat) In the horse and allied animals, the carpal joint, corresponding to the wrist in man.
    • Knee (Anat) The joint, or region of the joint, between the thigh and leg.
    • v. t Knee To supplicate by kneeling. "Fall down, and knee The way into his mercy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hacky Sack was invented by a football player in the mid 1970's who used it to stregthen tendons he had torn in his knee.
    • n knee The joint between the two principal parts of the leg of man or the hind limb of lower animals; the articulation of the thigh-bone or femur with the tibia or fibula, or with both. See def. 2 and knee-joint.
    • n knee Some other joint in animals other than man, likened to the human knee-joint or regarded as its representative The carpal articulation or wrist-joint of various animals, as the horse, cow, etc.: as, the horse went down on his knees.
    • n knee The tarsal articulation or heel-joint of a bird; the suffrago: as, tibiæ feathered down to the knee, The joint of an insect's leg connecting the femur and the tibia. In descriptions the word is often used to indicate the apex of the femur, sometimes including the base of the tibia: as, black or yellow knees.
    • n knee Something resembling the knee in shape.
    • n knee Specifically— In ship-building, a piece of timber or iron having an angular bend like that of the knee, used to secure the beams of a ship to her sides or timbers. The branches of the knee form an angle of greater or smaller extent, according to the situation of the pieces which it is designed to unite. Lodging-knees are knees fixed parallel to the deck. Hanging-knees are knees placed vertically, generally under a deck-beam. Diagonal hanging-knees are knees which cross the timbers in a slanting direction. Also knee-piece. See cut nnder stern.
    • n knee In carpentry, a piece of wood having a natural bend, or sawn into shape, and fitted into an angle.
    • n knee In architecture, a part of the back of a hand-rail of a convex form: the reverse of a ramp, which is concave.
    • n knee In botany a spur-like process on the roots of the bald cypress, Taxodium distichum, by which a part of their surface is kept above water.
    • n knee A genuflection; reverence.
    • knee To go down on the knees; kneel.
    • knee To kneel to.
    • knee To pass over on the knees.
    • knee In ship-building, to fit with a knee or knees.
    • n knee In graphics, a break or abrupt change in a plotted curve.
    • n knee A natural prominence; a rock, hill, or part of a hill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you lock your knee while standing long enough, you will pass out.
    • n Knee the joint between the thigh and shin bones: a piece of timber or metal like a bent knee:
    • v.t Knee (Shak.) to kneel to, to go over on one's knees
    • n Knee (Shak.) a genuflection
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We need tough days to drive us to our knees.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “If your knees are knocking, kneel on them.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.”
  • Emiliano Zapata
    Emiliano Zapata
    “Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.”
  • William Cowper
    “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.”
  • H. Ross Perot
    “Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.”


Bee's Knees - If something is the bee's knees, it's outstanding or the best in its class.
Knee slapper - A knee slapper is something that is considered funny, though it is often used sarcastically.
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.
Knee-jerk reaction - A knee-jerk reaction is an instant, instinctive response to a situation.
Weak at the knees - If people go weak at the knees, they have a powerful emotional reaction to something and feel that they might fall over.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. kne, cneo, As. cneó, cneów,; akin to OS. knio, kneo, OFries. knī, G. & D. knie, OHG. chniu, chneo, Icel. knē, Sw. knä, Dan. knæ, Goth. kniu, L. genu, Gr. go`ny, Skr. jānu, √231. Cf. Genuflection
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cneów, cneó; Ger. knie, L. genu, Gr. gonu.


In literature:

Or the hot bathing of a sore knee may be most effective for a while, and then may give rise to sore pain.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Roach recoiled, then sunk upon his knees with an abject whine for mercy.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
He shut it in and rose from his knees.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
On the shore every one fell to his knees in prayer.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
He was a little uncertain about the knees, but very sanguine for all that.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
They were heavy-set men in leather jackets and short, wide knee-length trousers.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
Were it not in a ball-room, I should beg the favour upon my knees.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Whenever she had an easy moment, she used to like to have him placed on her knee.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
As Julius rose his knees gave under him.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Finally the excavation was three feet deep, and high enough to admit Hamp on his hands and knees.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

What sweet solemnity to see
The little life upon thy knee,
And whisper as so soft it lies,—
'Our little babe!'
"The Wonder Child" by Richard Le Gallienne
But if my brothers thou dost call
As children to thy knee,
Thou givest me my being's all,
Thou sayest child to me.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
And Nature, the old nurse, took
The child upon her knee,
Saying: "Here is a story-book
Thy Father has written for thee."
"The Fiftieth Birthday Of Agassiz. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And mother dear, take my young son,
(Since I was born of thee)
And care for all his little ways
And nurse him on thy knee.
"At Last" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
Underneath thine open sky,
Father, as we bend the knee,
May we feel thy presence nigh,
--Nothing 'twixt our souls and thee!
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston
"O Mother, Mother, come to me,
For I am sore distrest,
And I would kneel beside your knee
And weep upon your breast. . . ."
"An Old Story" by Robert W Service

In news:

Chas is an honor-roll student and has been a big help to his family after his mother's knee surgery.
Dena Cooper never imagined that at age 47 her doctor would recommend double knee-replacement surgery.
Surgery at age 14 to remove bone chips in his right knee.
Ken knocked out the room's two 12-foot-long knee walls, reframed both eaves , and then Sheetrocked the studded walls.
On my knees in Ohio, prayin' for an echo chamber .
The fracture failed to set properly, and soon his hip and knee had stiffened up as well.
Former UT star puts knee injury behind him with historic outing.
Vail knee surgeon awarded esteemed orthopaedic reseach award.
Pittsburgh lost rookie guard David DeCastro to a gruesome right knee injury in the first quarter of an otherwise dominant 38-7 preseason win over the Buffalo Bills.
Fans will now be patted down from the ankles to the knees, and from the waist up.
Laurence Bowers had 20 points and seven rebounds in his return from a knee.
Tra Thomas has some pain in his back these days where he had surgery once, and his knees bark at him occasionally, but for a man who played a dozen seasons of offensive tackle in the NFL, Thomas got away almost clean.
Jose Aldo knees Mike Brown during the World Featherweight Championship Wednesday at the Palms.
Brown Knee Out for the season.
'Family' lifted Eric Maynor after knee injury, literally and figuratively .

In science:

In the second case, cosmic ray protons peaking at ∼ 1015 − 1016 eV (close to the knee in the CR spectrum) are produced. A distinct model of UHECR particles above the GZK cutoff has been recently proposed .
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
We recover the knee at low luminosities that is found in observations.
The phase-diagram of the IGM and the entropy floor of groups and clusters: are clusters born warm?
This, of course, is a direct consequence of the fact that the velocity spectrum of planetesimals has a knee at xk , see §4.2.1.
Dynamical evolution of planetesimals in protoplanetary disks
As a result, mass spectrum exhibits a pronounced “knee” at this mass.
Dynamical evolution of planetesimals in protoplanetary disks
Note that the separation of ℓ2 (L, p) and Lξ increases with increasing number of shortcuts x in the system, making the “knee” of the first-return distribution more pronounced.
Scaling Properties of Random Walks on Small-World Networks