Knelt to Knock
(Knelt) imp. & p. p. of Kneel.
(Knew) imp. of Know.
(Knick"er) n. [D. knikker.] A small ball of clay, baked hard and oiled, used as a marble by
boys in playing. [Prov. Eng. & U. S.] Halliwell. Bartlett.
(Knick"er*bock`ers) n. pl. The name for a style of short breeches; smallclothes.
(Knick"knack`) n. [See Knack.] A trifle or toy; a bawble; a gewgaw.
(Knick"knack`a*to*ry) n. A collection of knickknacks. Richardson.
(Knick"knack`er*y) n. Knickknacks.
(Knife) n.; pl. Knives [OE. knif, AS. cnif; akin to D. knijf, Icel. knifr, Sw. knif, Dan. kniv.]
1. An instrument consisting of a thin blade, usually of steel and having a sharp edge for cutting, fastened
to a handle, but of many different forms and names for different uses; as, table knife, drawing knife,
putty knife, pallet knife, pocketknife, penknife, chopping knife, etc..
2. A sword or dagger.
The coward conquest of a wretch's knife.Shak. Knife grass (Bot.) a tropical American sedge having leaves with a very sharp and hard edge, like a
knife. War to the knife, mortal combat; a conflict carried to the last extremity.
(Knife), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knifed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Knifing ]
1. (Hort.) To prune with the knife.
2. To cut or stab with a knife. [Low]
(Knife"board`) n. A board on which knives are cleaned or polished.
Knife-edge file. See Illust. of File.
(Knife"-edge`) n. (Mech.) A piece of steel sharpened to an acute edge or angle, and resting
on a smooth surface, serving as the axis of motion of a pendulum, scale beam, or other piece required
to oscillate with the least possible friction.
(Knight) n. [OE. knight, cniht, knight, soldier, As. cniht, cneoht, a boy, youth, attendant, military
follower; akin to D. & G. knecht servant; perh. akin to E. kin.]
1. A young servant or follower; a military attendant. [Obs.]
2. (a) In feudal times, a man-at-arms serving on horseback and admitted to a certain military rank with
special ceremonies, including an oath to protect the distressed, maintain the right, and live a stainless
life. (b) One on whom knighthood, a dignity next below that of baronet, is conferred by the sovereign,
entitling him to be addressed as Sir; as, Sir John. [Eng.] Hence: (c) A champion; a partisan; a lover.
"Give this ring to my true knight." Shak "In all your quarrels will I be your knight." Tennyson.
Knights, by their oaths, should right poor ladies' harms.Shak.
Formerly, when a knight's name was not known, it was customary to address him as Sir Knight. The
rank of a knight is not hereditary.