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Meaning of KNUCKLE

Pronunciation:  'nukul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a joint of a finger when the fist is closed
  2. [v]  shoot a marble while keeping one's knuckles on the ground
  3. [v]  press or rub with the knuckles

KNUCKLE is a 7 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: knuckle joint, metacarpophalangeal joint
 See Also: articulatio synovialis, finger, press, shoot, synovial joint



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Knuc"kle\, n. [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to
    D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. kn["o]chel, Sw.
    knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.]
    1. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by
       the closing of the fingers. --Davenant.
    2. The kneejoint, or middle joint, of either leg of a
       quadruped, especially of a calf; -- formerly used of the
       kneejoint of a human being.
             With weary knuckles on thy brim she kneeled sadly
             down.                                 --Golding.
    3. The joint of a plant. [Obs.] --Bacon.
    4. (Mech.) The joining pars of a hinge through which the pin
       or rivet passes; a knuckle joint.
    5. (Shipbuilding) A convex portion of a vessel's figure where
       a sudden change of shape occurs, as in a canal boat, where
       a nearly vertical side joins a nearly flat bottom.
    6. A contrivance, usually of brass or iron, and furnished
       with points, worn to protect the hand, to add force to a
       blow, and to disfigure the person struck; as, brass
       knuckles; -- called also {knuckle duster}. [Slang.]
    {Knuckle joint} (Mach.), a hinge joint, in which a projection
       with an eye, on one piece, enters a jaw between two
       corresponding projections with eyes, on another piece, and
       is retained by a pin which passes through the eyes and
       forms the pivot.
    {Knuckle of veal} (Cookery), the lower part of a leg of veal,
       from the line of the body to the knuckle.
  2. \Knuc"kle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knuckled};; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Knuckling}.]
    To yield; to submit; -- used with down, to, or under.
    {To knuckle to}.
    (a) To submit to in a contest; to yield to. [Colloq.] See {To
        knock under}, under {Knock}, v. i.
    (b) To apply one's self vigorously or earnestly to; as, to
        knuckle to work. [Colloq.]
  3. \Knuc"kle\, v. t.
    To beat with the knuckles; to pommel. [R.] --Horace Smith.
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