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  Dictionary Definition of knee

1. the joint or region in man between the thigh and the lower part of the leg.
2. the joint or region of other vertebrates homologous or analogous to the human knee, as in the leg of a bird, the hind limb of a horse, etc.
3. a joint or region likened to this but not homologous with it, as the tarsal joint of a bird, or the carpal joint in the forelimb of a horse, cow, etc.
4. the part of a garment covering the knee.
5. something resembling a knee joint, especially when bent, as a fabricated support or brace with a leg running at an angle to the main member.
6. a piece of wood or metal with an angular bend.
-- verb ( kneed, kneeing )
-- verb (t)
7. to strike or touch with the knee.
-- verb (i)
8. Obsolete or Poetic to go down on the knees; kneel.
-- phrase
9. bring someone to their knees, to compel (someone) to submit.
[ME know ( e ), kne ( w ), OE cneo ( w ), c. D knie, G Knie. Cf. KNEEL ]