from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To go down or rest on one or both knees.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To stoop down and rest on the knee or knees.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To bend the knee; to fall or rest on the knees; -- sometimes with down.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. supporting yourself on your knees
- v. rest one's weight on one's knees
Middle English knelen, from Old English cnēowlian; see genu-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)