Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Timber or a timber of a bent or angular shape, suitable for making a knee in ship-building, etc. See knee, 3.
  • n. In a railroad-car, a deep platform-sill, cut away to embrace the end-sill.

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Examples

  • A vast shed, that has doubtless looked ready to fall for these dozen years, spreads over half the entrance to the wharf, and is filled with spars, knee-timber, and planks of fragrant wood; its uprights are festooned with all manner of great hawsers and smaller ropes, and its dim loft is piled with empty casks and idle sails.

    Oldport Days

  • A vast shed, that has doubtless looked ready to fall for these dozen years spreads over, half the entrance to the wharf, and is filled with spars, knee-timber, and planks of fragrant wood; its uprights are festooned with all manner of great hawsers and smaller ropes, and its dim loft is piled with empty casks and idle sails.

    Oldport Days

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