from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who kneels, as to pray.
  • n. Something, such as a stool, cushion, or board, on which to kneel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who kneels.
  • n. A thing that is designed to be kneeled on.
  • n. An apparatus that permits the loading door of a bus to decrease in height in order to facilitate boarding of passengers that are seniors and physically disadvantaged

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who kneels or who worships by or while kneeling.
  • n. A cushion or stool to kneel on, such as one attached to a pew in a church.
  • n. A name given to certain catechumens and penitents who were permitted to join only in parts of church worship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who kneels, or worships by kneeling.
  • n. In the early church, one of a class of penitents who were permitted to occupy a kneeling position between the ambo and the door of the church.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person in a kneeling position
  • n. a board (sometimes cushioned) for someone to kneel on


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  • I cannot imagine a person agreeing to be the "kneeler" for this act without an inch-thick wad of Benjamins firmly in hand, but you never know what'll motivate some people to perform the most sordid acts imaginable.

    Baboon Pirates

  • As the fact that, for more than a year, whoever approaches the Pope for Communion, have had to kneel down on the kneeler especially placed by the cerimonieri.

    Tornielli: The "Reform of the Reform" Proposals Approved by the Pope

  • Just then the hair on my arms stands up and the raised kneeler attached to the church pew directly behind us slams to the ground.

    Soul Trapper

  • And one of the chairs I plan on using in here is an ergonomic kneeler, so I won't be able to lean over safely.

    Back in some sort of saddle

  • My daughter kicked her patent leathers against the kneeler until I put one hand on her thigh.

    Sea Escape

  • A woman with haunted eyes and a twist and swing in her step approaches a padded kneeler placed beneath the window and painfully sinks to her knees.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • My mother would pull a small prayer book from her purse, plant herself on the kneeler, and begin to pray.

    Sea Escape

  • It was an austere space and it held only a twin bed with a thin mattress, a lamp on top of a three-drawer chest, and a kneeler.

    The Exorsistah: X Returns

  • The monks all stayed in dorms, but sure enough, she opened the door to a neatly made bed, a chair pulled away from a tiny table, and a kneeler.

    The Exorsistah: X Returns

  • As many of you may recall he does have a huge talent for tapestry work and was asked to produce a church kneeler in memory of a deceased comrade which he has been working on with a great precision and the tiniest of stitches in recent months.

    The Tinker on Tour


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