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Meaning of KNOCK

Pronunciation:  nâk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of hitting vigorously; "he gave the table a whack"
  2. [n]  negative criticism
  3. [n]  a bad experience; "the school of hard knocks"
  4. [n]  the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing); "the knocking grew louder"
  5. [n]  a vigorous blow; "the sudden knock floored him"; "he took a bash right in his face"; "he got a bang on the head"
  6. [v]  deliver a sharp blow or push :"He knocked the glass clear across the room."
  7. [v]  knock against with force or violence; "My car bumped into the tree"
  8. [v]  rap with the knuckles; "knock on the door"
  9. [v]  of car engines, when firing too early
  10. [v]  make light, repeated taps on a surface; "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"

KNOCK is a 5 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: bang, bash, belt, belt, bump, knocking, ping, pink, rap, rap, roast, smash, strike hard, tap, whack, whang
 See Also: bad luck, batter, blow, blow, bowl over, buffet, bump, bump into, butt against, coldcock, collide with, criticism, critique, deck, dump, floor, go, hit, impinge on, jar against, kayo, knap, knock about, knock against, knock cold, knock down, knock out, knock over, misfortune, overturn, rap, run into, sound, sound, strike, tip over, turn over, upset



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Knock\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knocked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Knocking}.] [OE. knoken, AS. cnocian, cnucian; prob. of
    imitative origin; cf. Sw. knacka.Cf. {Knack}.]
    1. To drive or be driven against something; to strike against
       something; to clash; as, one heavy body knocks against
       another. --Bacon.
    2. To strike or beat with something hard or heavy; to rap;
       as, to knock with a club; to knock on the door.
             For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked.
             Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
             opened unto you.                      --Matt. vii.
    {To knock about}, to go about, taking knocks or rough usage;
       to wander about; to saunter. [Colloq.] ``Knocking about
       town.'' --W. Irving.
    {To knock up}, to fail of strength; to become wearied or worn
       out, as with labor; to give out. ``The horses were
       beginning to knock up under the fatigue of such severe
       service.'' --De Quincey.
    {To knock off}, to cease, as from work; to desist.
    {To knock under}, to yield; to submit; to acknowledge one's
       self conquered; -- an expression probably borrowed from
       the practice of knocking under the table with the
       knuckles, when conquered. ``Colonel Esmond knocked under
       to his fate.'' --Thackeray.
  2. \Knock\ (n[o^]k), v. t.
    1. To strike with something hard or heavy; to move by
       striking; to drive (a thing) against something; as, to
       knock a ball with a bat; to knock the head against a post;
       to knock a lamp off the table.
             When heroes knock their knotty heads together.
    2. To strike for admittance; to rap upon, as a door.
             Master, knock the door hard.          --Shak.
    {To knock down}.
       (a) To strike down; to fell; to prostrate by a blow or by
           blows; as, to knock down an assailant.
       (b) To assign to a bidder at an auction, by a blow or
           knock; to knock off.
    {To knock in the head}, or {on the head}, to stun or kill by
       a blow upon the head; hence, to put am end to; to defeat,
       as a scheme or project; to frustrate; to quash. [Colloq.]
       -- {To knock off}.
       (a) To force off by a blow or by beating.
       (b) To assign to a bidder at an auction, by a blow on the
       (c) To leave off (work, etc.). [Colloq.] -- {To knock
    out}, to force out by a blow or by blows; as, to knock out
       the brains.
    {To knock up}.
       (a) To arouse by knocking.
       (b) To beat or tire out; to fatigue till unable to do
           more; as, the men were entirely knocked up. [Colloq.]
           ``The day being exceedingly hot, the want of food had
           knocked up my followers.'' --Petherick.
       (c) (Bookbinding) To make even at the edges, or to shape
           into book form, as printed sheets.
  3. \Knock\, n.
    1. A blow; a stroke with something hard or heavy; a jar.
    2. A stroke, as on a door for admittance; a rap. `` A knock
       at the door.'' --Longfellow.
             A loud cry or some great knock.       --Holland.
    {Knock off}, a device in a knitting machine to remove loops
       from the needles.
  4. \Knock\, v. i.
    To practice evil speaking or fault-finding; to criticize
    habitually or captiously. [Vulgar Slang, U. S.]
  5. \Knock\, v. t.
    To impress strongly or forcibly; to astonish; to move to
    admiration or applause. [Slang, Eng.]
Easton Bible Dictionary

"Though Orientals are very jealous of their privacy, they never knock when about to enter your room, but walk in without warning or ceremony. It is nearly impossible to teach an Arab servant to knock at your door. They give warning at the outer gate either by calling or knocking. To stand and call is a very common and respectful mode. Thus Moses commanded the holder of a pledge to stand without and call to the owner to come forth (Deut. 24:10). This was to avoid the violent intrusion of cruel creditors. Peter stood knocking at the outer door (Acts 12:13, 16), and the three men sent to Joppa by Cornelius made inquiry and 'stood before the gate' (10:17, 18). The idea is that the guard over your privacy is to be placed at the entrance."

Knocking is used as a sign of importunity (Matt. 7:7, 8; Luke 13:25), and of the coming of Christ (Luke 12:36; Rev. 3:20).

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