from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor or ground, as in worship.
- intransitive v. To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bend the knee, as in servitude or worship
- v. To behave in a servile manner; to grovel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To bend the knee, as in worship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bend the knee, as in an act of worship or of respect; perform genuflection.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. bend the knees and bow in church or before a religious superior or image
- v. bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
Late Latin genūflectere : Latin genū, knee; see genu-1 in Indo-European roots + Latin flectere, to bend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From around 1620–1630 from Medieval Latin genūflectō ("I bend the knee") equivalent to the Latin genū ("knee") + flectō ("to bend"). (Wiktionary)