American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To go down or rest on one or both knees.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go down on the knees or a knee; bend the legs at the knees and rest for a time upon them, or upon one of them, as in supplication or homage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To bend the knee; to fall or rest on the knees; -- sometimes with down.
- n. supporting yourself on your knees
- v. rest one's weight on one's knees
- From Middle English knelen, knewlen, from Old English cnēowlian ("to kneel"), equivalent to knee + -le. Cognate with Dutch knielen ("to kneel"), Low German knelen ("to kneel"), German dialectal knielen, kneulen, knülen ("to kneel"), Danish knæle ("to kneel"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English knelen, from Old English cnēowlian; see genu-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Davies fell victim to his old tropes: sexualising the doctor by having him kiss yet another female companion, fetishising him by having Lee Evans as an eccentric boffin kneel at his feet and declare he loved him, and granting him another soliloquy about his cosmic solitariness.”
“The inability to kneel is seen as the very essence of the diabolical.”
“Sure, we've gotten used to saying "African American," but it has become a kind of frozen expression, like, indeed ice cream (we don't think about it being "cream of ice" when saying "eyescream") or even knee-l (the word kneel has knee in i--- did you ever think about it)?”
“Sure, we've gotten used to saying "African American," but it has become a kind of frozen expression, like, indeed ice cream (we don't think about it being "cream of ice" when saying "eyescream") or even knee-l (the word kneel has knee in it - did you ever think about it)?”
“It was Thomas, tousle-haired and serious, who went without a word to kneel down by Will.”
“Nature intended us to kneel, which is preferable to standing, statue-like, exacting obeisance from others.”
“In the sport known as the kneel jump, the athlete crouches in a hunting position on frozen water and aims to jump as far a span as possible with good balance.”
“Phillips took the blame, but Garrett, obviously, should have known to call a kneel down.”
“Yeah, I remember this book being a slog, but no comments on the "kneel" scene at the end of the novel?”
“Do the drivers of those same buses, upon seeing someone using a cane, think to use the 'kneel' function of their bus to let said passenger with cane on?”
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