Definitions

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

  • v. A past tense and a past participle of kneel.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of kneel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of kneel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preterit and past participle of kneel.

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Examples

  • Anyhow, as Kevin knelt and prayed, a blackbird mistook his outstretched hand for some kind of roost and swooped down upon it, laid a clutch of eggs in it and proceeded to nest in it as if it were the branch of a tree.

    Nobel Lectures-Literature 1995

  • Then Martin knelt down, and instead of lacing the left shoe unlaced the right one, and inside the yellow slipper found the sixth key just under the instep.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • He was holding the paper open in his hand, and without a word knelt down by the bed, offering it to her mutely.

    The Squirrel-Cage

  • After tea Nadya went into Sasha's room and without saying a word knelt down before an armchair in the corner and hid her face in her hands.

    The Schoolmaster

  • When the king nodded, each man Louddon called knelt before their leader and told their lies.

    Honor’s Splendour

  • Call knelt by the boy, helpless to do one thing for him.

    Lonesome Dove

  • Immediately there was an almost noiseless step on the floor; and a figure emerged from a deep niche, that looked as if it might once have been an oratory, in ancient times; and the figure, too, might have been supposed to possess the devout and sanctified character of such as knelt in the oratories of ancient times.

    Doctor Grimshawe's Secret — a Romance

  • Most readers agree that moving "knelt" to a position of emphasis next to the period lends the sentence some added weight, some "gravitas" if you prefer.

    Poynter Online

  • I knelt on the floor, my left knee grinding in protest.

    Brush of Darkness

  • Together we can do it, my cousin said and knelt down beside me.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery

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