Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The practice of persistent attack with ulterior motives. See knock, v. i., 4.
  • noun The act of striking a door with the knuckles or with a knocker.
  • noun plural The larger pieces of stone and ore as cut or blasted from the vein.
  • noun plural A stone-masons' name for the smaller pieces knocked off in dressing stone.
  • noun The cry of harehounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A beating; a rap; a series of raps.

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  • verb Present participle of knock.
  • noun An act in which something is knocked on, or the sound thus produced

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

  • noun the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing)

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Examples

  • By way, too, of further proof that my imagination had awakened, the significance of that knocking at the door set something vibrating within me that most surely had never vibrated before, so that I suddenly realized with what atmosphere of mystical suggestion is the mere act of knocking surrounded -- _knocking at a door_ -- both for him who knocks, wondering what shall be revealed on opening, and for him who stands within, waiting for the summons of the knocker.

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  • Gwynne had the title knocking around in his brain for years and didn't know what to do with it, until he passed it on to his IRONWEED costar.

    Fred Gwynne, where are you?

  • Jeb knocking Sarah, Limpballs and Levin knocking Beck, Limpballs knocking Romney AND ‘Tea-Baggers’ and Malkin sharpening their knives for Brown. 2010 is going to very interesting indeed.

    Think Progress » Jeb Bush: Sarah Palin lacks a ‘depth of understanding.’

  • He will be under pressure next season to have the Bluejays again knocking on the NCAA tourney door after having their streak of 20 or more victories snapped at 11 straight seasons.

    Missouri Valley Conference

  • That is only a 14% drop from last weekend and it gives Avatar the highest seventh weekend of all-time – once again knocking Titanic into second place.

    Weekend Box Office – With Another $30 Million AVATAR Makes It Seven Weeks in a Row – Collider.com

  • Mr. Pataki's decision to bypass the Senate race marks another major coup for Ms. Gillibrand, who has been enormously successful in knocking out competition on both sides of the aisle despite appearing to be vulnerable politically.

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  • In the end, Obama lawyers were successful in knocking all four opponents out of the race, allowing the 34-year-old Mr. Obama to run unopposed.

    Obama Tactics Rebound on Rahm

  • What was odd was that I should lead the way and not the Colombian still engaged in knocking on the glass door.

    The Unexamined Saturday « Unknowing

  • He will be under pressure next season to have the Bluejays again knocking on the NCAA tourney door after having their streak of 20 or more victories snapped at 11 straight seasons.

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  • That set of promises and principles from 16 years ago is widely seen as one of the reasons Republicans succeeded in knocking entrenched Congressional Democrats out of power.

    GOP to unveil campaign pledge after Labor Day

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