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knuckle Explained

knuckle at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


knuckle at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1375, knokel "finger joint," common Gmc. (cf. M.L.G. kn?kel, M.Du. cnockel, Ger. kn?chel), lit. "little bone," a dim. of P.Gmc. root *knuck- "bone" (cf. Ger. Knochen "bone). To knuckle down "apply oneself earnestly" is 1864 in Amer.Eng., extended from game of marbles; to knuckle under is first recorded 1740. Knuckle-duster is from 1858; knucklehead "stupid person" first recorded 1944. Knuckleball, type of baseball pitch, is from 1927. ///

knuckle at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Middle Low German; Origin: kn[hA177]kel 'small bone, knuckle']//
1 your knuckles are the joints in your fingers, including the ones where your fingers join your hands: --Her knuckles whitened as she gripped the gun.//
2 a piece of meat around the lowest leg joint of a pig: --a knuckle of pork//
3 near the knuckle: BrE informal rude, or likely to give offence// --Some of his jokes are a bit near the knuckle.// a rap on/over the knuckles at rap1 (6), rap sb on/over the knuckles at rap2 (5)//
knuckle 2 v knuckle down phr v// to suddenly start working or studying hard// get down to// --If he doesn't knuckle down soon, he'll never get through those exams.// knuckle down to// --He is clearly ready to knuckle down to the task.// knuckle under phr v// to accept someone's authority or orders although you do not want to//

knuckle at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

78 Moby Thesaurus words for "knuckle":
Chateaubriand, ankle, articulation, blade roast, boundary, bow,
breast, brisket, butt, capitulate, cave, cervix, chuck,
chuck roast, clinch, clod, closure, cold cuts, connecting link,
connecting rod, connection, coupling, defer, dovetail, elbow,
embrace, filet mignon, flank, gliding joint, hinge, hinged joint,
hip, interface, join, joining, joint, juncture, knee,
knuckle under, link, loin, miter, mortise, neck, pivot,
pivot joint, plate, plate piece, pot roast, rabbet, rack,
rib roast, ribs, roast, rolled roast, round, rump, rump roast,
saddle, scarf, seam, shank, short ribs, shoulder, shoulder clod,
sirloin, stitch, submit, succumb, suture, symphysis, tenderloin,
tie rod, toggle, toggle joint, union, weld, wrist

knuckle at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Angularity): angularity, angle, cusp, bend, fold, notch, fork, bifurcation, elbow, knee, joint, knuckle, ankle, zigzag, corner, nook, right angle, perpendicularity, obliquity.

knuckle at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb

1 [C] any of the joints in the fingers, especially those connecting the fingers to the rest of the hand

2 (also hock especially in AmE) [U, C] a piece of meat from the lower part of an animal's leg, especially a pig:
knuckle of pork


near the knuckle (BrE, informal) (of a remark, joke, etc.) concerned with sex in a way that is likely to offend people or make them feel embarrassed:
His act is too near the knuckle for me.
more at RAP n., RAP v.
knuckle down (to sth) (informal) to begin to work hard at sth:
I'm going to have to knuckle down to some serious study.
knuckle under (to sb/sth) (informal) to accept sb else's authority

Knuckle at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Knuckle \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.]

Knuckle \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.

Knuckle \Knuc"kle\, v. t.
To beat with the knuckles; to pommel. [R.] --Horace Smith.

knuckle at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : a joint of a finger when the fist is closed [syn: {knuckle
joint}, {metacarpophalangeal joint}]

v 1: press or rub with the knuckles
2: shoot a marble while keeping one's knuckles on the ground

knuckle at English (WD) Of Explained:



* Inter: audio » en-us-knuckle.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » ʌkəl


    From the diminutive of a word for bone, found in Inter: etyl » de|en Inter: term » Knochen|lang=de

  • Category: File - :Knuckles.jpg|thumb|Knuckles (def. 1) of a human hand, circled in red
    Category: File - :Schweizerhaus roast knuckle dsc02946.jpg|thumb|Roast knuckle (def. 3) from Schweizerhaus, Vienna


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • Any of the joints between the phalanges of the fingers.
    1. Inter: by extensio » n A mechanical joint.
    2. A cut of meat.
    3. Inter: sports » billiards|snooker|pool The curved part of the cushion at the entrance to the pockets on a cue sports table.

      Derived terms

      Inter: rel-top » Terms derived from “knuckle

  • brass knuckles
  • knuckle down
  • knuckle under
  • knuckleball
  • knuckledragger

  • Inter: rel-mi » d
    • knuckleduster
    • knucklehead
    • knuckle sandwich
    • near the knuckle
    • white-knuckled
    • white knuckle ride

    Inter: rel-botto » m


    Inter: trans-top » joint of the finger
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|برجمة|f|tr=búrjuma, Inter: t- » ar|مفصل|m|tr=máfṣil
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|指關節|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|指关节|tr=zhīguānjié|sc=Hani
  • Danish: Inter: t+ » da|kno|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|knokkels
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|rysty, Inter: t- » fi|rystynen
  • French: Inter: t- » fr|articulation du doigt|f, Inter: t+ » fr|articulation|f, Inter: t- » fr|jointure du doigt|f
  • Inter: trreq » Georgian
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Fingerknöchel|m, Inter: t+ » de|Knochen|m
  • Inter: trreq » he
  • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|kjúka|f
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|nocca|f

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|指関節|tr=ゆびかんせつ, yubikansetsu
    • Korean: Inter: l » ko|손가락Inter: l » ko|마디 (songarak-madi)
    • Latin: articulus digiti {{m}}
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|глужд|m|tr=glužd
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|knoke|m
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|مفصل|tr=mafsal
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|kostka|f
    • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|сустав пальца|m|tr=sustáv pálʹca
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|rùdan|m
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|zglob
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|nudillo|m
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|knoge

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-verb » knuckl|ed
  • To apply pressure, or rub or massage with one's knuckles.
    1. : He knuckled the sleep from his eyes.

    Translation: et » knuckle
    Translation: eo » knuckle
    Translation: fa » knuckle
    Translation: fr » knuckle
    Translation: ko » knuckle
    Translation: io » knuckle
    Translation: it » knuckle
    Translation: kn » knuckle
    Translation: ml » knuckle
    Translation: my » knuckle
    Translation: nl » knuckle
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    Translation: ru » knuckle
    Category: simple:knuckle -
    Translation: fi » knuckle
    Translation: tl » knuckle
    Translation: ta » knuckle
    Translation: te » knuckle
    Translation: tr » knuckle
    Translation: vi » knuckle
    Translation: zh » knuckle