Definitions for: Knee


[n] joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee
[n] cloth covering consisting of the part of a trouser leg that covers the knee
[n] hinge joint in the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella



Webster (1913) Definition: Knee, n. [OE. kne, cneo, As. cne['o], cne['o]w; akin to
OS. knio, kneo, OFries. kn[=i], G. & D. knie, OHG. chniu,
chneo, Icel. kn?, Sw. kn["a],Dan. kn[ae], Goth. kniu, L.
genu, Gr. ?, Skr. j[=a]nu, ? Cf. Genuflection.]
1. In man, the joint in the middle part of the leg.

2. (Anat.)
(a) The joint, or region of the joint, between the thigh
and leg.
(b) In the horse and allied animals, the carpal joint,
corresponding to the wrist in man.

3. (Mech. & Shipbuilding) A piece of timber or metal formed
with an angle somewhat in the shape of the human knee when
bent.

4. A bending of the knee, as in respect or courtesy.

Give them title, knee, and approbation. --Shak.

Knee breeches. See under Breeches.

Knee holly, Knee holm (Bot.), butcher's broom.

Knee jerk (Physiol.) a jerk or kick produced by a blow or
sudden strain upon the patellar tendon of the knee, which
causes a sudden contraction of the quadriceps muscle; one
of the so-called tendon reflexes.

Knee joint. See in the Vocabulary.

Knee timber, timber with knees or angles in it.

Knee tribute, or Knee worship, tribute paid by kneeling;
worship by genuflection. [Obs.] ``Knee tribute yet
unpaid.'' --Milton.


Knee (n[=e]), v. t.
To supplicate by kneeling. [Obs.]

Fall down, and knee The way into his mercy. --Shak

Synonyms: articulatio genus, genu, knee joint, stifle

See Also: articulatio, articulation, cloth covering, genicular vein, ginglymoid joint, ginglymus, hind leg, hinge joint, joint, kneecap, kneepan, leg, leg, musculus articularis genus, patella, vena genus

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