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KNIT Knit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knit or Knitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Knitting.] Etym: [OE. knitten, knutten, As. cnyttan, fr. cnotta knot; akin to Icel. kn, Sw. knyta, Dan. knytte. See Knot.] 1. To form into a knot, or into knots; to tie together, as cord; to fasten by tying. A great sheet knit at the four corners. Acts x. 11. When your head did but ache, I knit my handkercher about your brows. Shak. 2. To form, as a textile fabric, by the interlacing of yarn or thread in a series of connected loops, by means of needles, either by hand or by machinery; as, to knit stockings. 3. To join; to cause to grow together. Nature can not knit the bones while the parts are under a discharge. Wiseman. 4. To unite closely; to connect; to engage; as, hearts knit together in love. Thy merit hath my duty strongly knit. Shak. Come , knit hands, and beat the ground, In a light fantastic round. Milton. A link among the days, toknit The generations each to each. Tennyson. 5. To draw together; to contract into wrinkles. knits his brow and shows an angry eye. Shak.


KNIT Knit, v. i. 1. To form a fabric by interlacing yarn or thread; to weave by making knots or loops. 2. To be united closely; to grow together; as, broken bones will in time knit and become sound. To knit up, to wind up; to conclude; to come to a close. It remaineth to knit up briefly with the nature and compass of the seas. [Obs.] Holland.


KNIT Knit, n. Defn: Union knitting; texture. Shak.


KNITBACK Knitback`, n. (Bot.) Defn: The plant comfrey; -- so called from its use as a restorative. Dr. Prier.


KNITCH; KNITCHET Knitch, Knitchet, n. Etym: [Cf. Knit.] Defn: A number of things tied or knit together; a bundle; a fagot. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. When they [stems of asphodel] be dried, they ought to be made up into knitchets, or handfuls. Holland.


KNITS Knits, n. pl. Etym: [Prob. same word as nit a louse's egg.] (Mining) Defn: Small particles of ore. Raymond.


KNITSTER Knitster, n. Defn: A woman who knits. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.


KNITTER Knitter, n. Defn: One who, or that which, knits, joins, or unites; a knitting machine. Shak.


KNITTING Knitting, n. 1. The work of a knitter; the network formed by knitting. 2. Union formed by knitting, as of bones. Knitting machine, one of a number of contrivances for mechanically knitting stockings, jerseys, and the like. -- Knitting , a stiff rod, as of steel wire, with rounded ends for knitting yarn or threads into a fabric, as in stockings. -- Knitting sheath, a sheath to receive the end of a needle in knitting.


KNITTLE Knittle, n. Etym: [From Knit.] 1. A string that draws together a purse or bag. [Prov. Eng.] Wright. 2. pl. (Naut.) Defn: See Nettles.


KNIVES Knives, n. pl. Defn: of Knife. See Knife.


KNOB Knob, n. Etym: [A modification of knop. Cf. Nob.] 1. A hard protuberance; a hard swelling or rising; a bunch; a lump; as, a knob in the flesh, or on a bone. 2. A knoblike ornament or handle; as, the knob of a lock, door, or drawer. Chaucer. 3. A rounded hill or mountain; as, the Pilot Knob. [U. S.] Bartlett. 4. (Arch.) Defn: See Knop. Knob latch, a latch which can be operated by turning a knob, without using a key.


KNOB Knob, v. i. Defn: To grow into knobs or bunches; to become knobbed. [Obs.] Drant.


KNOBBED Knobbed, a. Defn: Containing knobs; full of knobs; ending in a nob. See Illust of Antenna. The horns of a roe deer of Greenland are pointed at the top, and knobbed or tuberous at the bottom. Grew.


KNOBBER Knobber, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: See Knobbler.


KNOBBING Knobbing, n. (Stone Quarrying) Defn: Rough dressing by knocking off knobs or projections.


KNOBBLER Knobbler, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: The hart in its second year; a young deer. [Written also knobber.] Halliwell. He has hallooed the hounds upon a velvet-headed knobbler. Sir W. Scott.


KNOBBLING FIRE Knobbling fire Defn: . A bloomery fire. See Bloomery.


KNOBBY Knobby, a. Etym: [From Knob.] 1. Full of, or covered with, knobs or hard protuberances. Dr. H. More. 2. Irregular; stubborn in particulars. [Obs.] The informers continued in a knobby kind of obstinacy. Howell. 3. Abounding in rounded hills or mountains; hilly. [U.S.] Bartlett.


KNOBKERRIE Knobker`rie, n. [Boer D. knopkirie, fr. D. knop-hout, knotty stick + Hottentot k?rri club.] Defn: A short club with a knobbed end used as a missile weapon by Kafir and other native tribes of South Africa.


KNOBSTICK Knobstick`, n. Defn: One who refuses to join, or withdraws from, a trades union. [Cant, Eng.]


KNOCK Knock, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knocked; p. pr. & vb. n. Knocking.] Etym: [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. Dryden. Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matt. vii. 7. 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.


KNOCK Knock, 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. Rowe. 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 counter. (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.


KNOCK 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.


KNOCK-KNEE Knock-knee`, n. (Med.) Defn: A condition in which the knees are bent in so as to touch each other in walking; inknee.


KNOCK-KNEED Knock-kneed`, a. Defn: Having the legs bent inward so that the knees touch in walking. [Written also knack-kneed.]


KNOCK-OFF Knock-off`, a. Defn: That knocks off; of or pertaining to knocking off.


KNOCK-OFF Knock-off`, n. Defn: Act or place of knocking off; that which knocks off; specif. (Mach.), Defn: a cam or the like for disconnecting something, as a device in a knitting machine to remove loops from the needles.


KNOCK-OUT Knock-out`, n. Defn: Act of knocking out, or state of being knocked out.


KNOCK-OUT Knock-out`, a. Defn: That knocks out; characterized by knocking out; as, a knock-out blow; a knock-out key for knocking out a drill from a collet.


KNOCK-OUT DROPS Knock-out drops. Defn: Drops of some drug put in one's drink to stupefy him for purpose of robbery, etc. [Slang, U. S.]


KNOCKABOUT Knocka*bout`, a. 1. Marked by knocking about or roughness. 2. Of noisy and violent character. [Theat. Slang] 3. Characterized by, or suitable for, knocking about, or traveling or wandering hither and thither. 4. That does odd jobs; -- said of a class of hands or laborers on a sheep station. [Collog., Australia]


KNOCKABOUT Knocka*bout`, n. 1. (Naut.) A small yacht, generally from fifteen to twenty-five feet in length, having a mainsail and a jib. All knockabouts have ballast and either a keel or centerboard. The original type was twenty-one feet in length. The next larger type is called a raceabout. 2. A knockabout performer or performance. [Theat. Slang] 3. A man hired on a sheep station to do odd jobs. [Colloq., Australia]


KNOCKDOWN Knockdown`, n. Defn: A felling by a knock, as of a combatant, or of an animal.


KNOCKDOWN Knockdown`, a. Defn: Of force sufficient to fell or completely overthrow; as, a knockdown blow; a knockdown argument. [Colloq.]


KNOCKER Knocker, n. Defn: One who, or that which, knocks; specifically, an instrument, or kind of hammer, fastened to a door, to be used in seeking for admittance. Shut, shut the door, good John ! fatigued, knocker; say I'm sick, I'm dead. Pope.


KNOCKING Knocking, n. Defn: A beating; a rap; a series of raps. The . . . repeated knockings of the head upon the ground by the Chinese worshiper. H. Spencer.


KNOCKINGS Knockings, n. pl. (Mining) Defn: Large lumps picked out of the sieve, in dressing ore.


KNOCKSTONE Knockstone`, n. (Mining) Defn: A block upon which ore is broken up.


KNOLL Knoll, n. Etym: [AS. cnoll; akin to G. knolle, knollen, clod, lump, knob, bunch, OD. knolle ball, bunch, Sw. kn?l, Dan. knold.] Defn: A little round hill; a mound; a small elevation of earth; the top or crown of a hill. On knoll or hillock rears his crest, Lonely and huge, the giant oak. Sir W. Scott.


KNOLL Knoll, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knolled; p. pr. & vb. n. Knolling.] Etym: [OE. knollen, AS. cnyllan. See Knell.] Defn: To ring, as a bell; to strike a knell upon; to toll; to proclaim, or summon, by ringing. Knolled to church. Shak. Heavy clocks knolling the drowsy hours. Tennyson.


KNOLL Knoll, v. i. Defn: To sound, as a bell; to knell. Shak. For a departed being's soul The death hymn peals, and the hollow bells knoll. Byron.


KNOLL Knoll, n. Defn: The tolling of a bell; a knell. [R.] Byron.


KNOLLER Knoller, n. Defn: One who tolls a bell. [Obs.] Sherwood.


KNOP Knop, n. Etym: [OE. knop, knoppe; cf. D.knop, knoop, G. knopf, Dan. knap, knop, Sw. knapp, knopp, button, bud, Icel. knappr, and E. knap, n. Cf. Knap, Knob.] 1. A knob; a bud; a bunch; a button. Four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. Ex. xxv. 21. 2. (Arch.) Defn: Any boldly projecting sculptured ornament; esp., the ornamental termination of a pinnacle, and then synonymous with finial; -- called also knob, and knosp. Knop sedge (Bot.), the bur reed (Sparganium); - - so called from its globular clusters of seed vessels. Prior.


KNOPPED Knopped, a. Defn: Having knops or knobs; fastened as with buttons. [Obs.] Rom. of R.


KNOPPERN Knoppern, n. Etym: [Cf. G. knopper. See Knop.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A kind of gall produced by a gallfly on the cup of an acorn, -- used in tanning and dyeing.


KNOPWEED Knopweed`, n. Defn: Same as Knapweed.


KNOR Knor, n. Defn: See Knur. [Obs.]


KNOSP Knosp, n. Etym: [Cf. G. knospe bud, E. knop, knar.] (Arch.) Defn: Same as Knop,2. Milman.


KNOT Knot, n. Etym: [OE. knot, knotte, AS. cnotta; akin to D. knot, OHG. chnodo, chnoto, G. knoten, Icel. kn, Sw. knut, Dan. knude, and perh. to L. nodus. Cf. Knout, Knit.] 1. (a) A fastening together of the pars or ends of one or more threads, cords, ropes, etc., by any one of various ways of tying or entangling. (b) A lump or loop formed in a thread, cord, rope. etc., as at the end, by tying or interweaving it upon itself. (c) An ornamental tie, as of a ribbon. Note: The names of knots vary according to the manner of their making, or the use for which they are intended; as, dowknot, reef knot, stopper knot, diamond knot, etc. 2. A bond of union; a connection; a tie. With nuptial knot. Shak. Ere we knit the knot that can never be loosed. Bp. Hall. 3. Something not easily solved; an intricacy; a difficulty; a perplexity; a problem. Knots worthy of solution. Cowper. A man shall be perplexed with knots, and problems of business, and contrary affairs. South. 4. A figure the lines of which are interlaced or intricately interwoven, as in embroidery, gardening, etc. Garden knots. Bacon. Flowers worthy of paradise, which, not nice art In beds and curious knots, but nature boon Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain. Milton. 5. A cluster of persons or things; a collection; a group; a hand; a clique; as, a knot of politicians. Knots of talk. Tennyson. His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries. Shak. Palms in cluster, knots of Paradise. Tennyson. As they sat together in small, separate knots, they discussed doctrinal and metaphysical points of belief. Sir W. Scott. 6. A portion of a branch of a tree that forms a mass of woody fiber running at an angle with the grain of the main stock and making a hard place in the timber. A loose knot is generally the remains of a dead branch of a tree covered by later woody growth. 7. A knob, lump, swelling, or protuberance. With lips serenely placid, felt the knot Climb in her throat. Tennyson. 8. A protuberant joint in a plant. 9. The point on which the action of a story depends; the gist of a matter. [Obs.] I shoulde to the knotte condescend, And maken of her walking soon an end. Chaucer. 10. (Mech.) Defn: See Node. 11. (Naut.) (a) A division of the log line, serving to measure the rate of the vessel's motion. Each knot on the line bears the same proportion to a mile that thirty seconds do to an hour. The number of knots which run off from the reel in half a minute, therefore, shows the number of miles the vessel sails in an hour. Hence: (b) A nautical mile, or 6080.27 feet; as, when a ship goes eight miles an hour, her speed is said to be eight knots. 12. A kind of epaulet. See Shoulder knot. 13. (Zo?l.) Defn: A sandpiper (Tringa canutus), found in the northern parts of all the continents, in summer. It is grayish or ashy above, with the rump and upper tail coverts white, barred with dusky. The lower parts are pale brown, with the flanks and under tail coverts white. When fat it is prized by epicures. Called also dunne. Note: The name is said to be derived from King Canute, this bird being a favorite article of food with him. The knot that called was Canutus' bird of old, Of that great king of Danes his name that still doth hold, His appetite to please that far and near was sought. Drayton.


KNOT Knot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knotted; p. pr. & vb. n. Knotting.] 1. To tie in or with, or form into, a knot or knots; to form a knot on, as a rope; to entangle. Knotted curls. Drayton. As tight as I could knot the noose. Tennyson. 2. To unite closely; to knit together. Bacon. 3. To entangle or perplex; to puzzle. [Obs. or R.]


KNOT Knot, v. i. 1. To form knots or joints, as in a cord, a plant, etc.; to become entangled. Cut hay when it begins to knot. Mortimer. 2. To knit knots for fringe or trimming. 3. To copulate; -- said of toads. [R.] Shak.


KNOTBERRY Knotber`ry, n. (Bot.) Defn: The cloudberry (Rudus Cham?morus); -- so called from its knotted stems.


KNOTGRASS Knotgrass`, n. (Bot.) (a) a common weed with jointed stems (Polygonum aviculare); knotweed. (b) The dog grass. See under Dog. Note: An infusion of Polygonum aviculare was once supposed to have the effect of stopping the growth of an animal, and hence it was called, as by Shakespeare, hindering knotgrass. We want a boy extremely for this function, Kept under for a year with milk and knotgrass. Beau. & Fl.


KNOTLESS Knotless, a. Defn: Free from knots; without knots. Silver firs with knotless trunks. Congreve.


KNOTTED Knotted, a. 1. Full of knots; having knots knurled; as, a knotted cord; the knotted oak. Dryden. 2. Interwoven; matted; entangled. Make . . . thy knotted and combined locks to part. Shak. 3. Having intersecting lines or figures. The west corner of thy curious knotted garden. Shak. 4. (Geol.) Defn: Characterized by small, detached points, chiefly composed of mica, less decomposable than the mass of the rock, and forming knots in relief on the weathered surface; as, knotted rocks. Percival. 5. Entangled; puzzling; knotty. [R.] They're catched in knotted lawlike nets. Hudibras.


KNOTTINESS Knotti*ness, n. Etym: [From Knotty.] 1. The quality or state of being knotty or full of knots. 2. Difficulty of solution; intricacy; complication. Knottiness of his style. Hare.


KNOTTY Knotty, a. [Compar. Knottier; superl. Knottiest.] 1. Full of knots; knotted; having many knots; as, knotty timber; a knotty rope. 2. Hard; rugged; as, a knotty head.[R.] Rewe. 3. Difficult; intricate; perplexed. A knotty point to which we now proceed Pope.


KNOTWEED Knotweed, n. (Bot.) Defn: See Knot.


KNOTWORT Knotwort, n. (Bot.) Defn: A small, herbaceous, trailing plant, of the genus Illecebrum (I. verticillatum.)


KNOUT Knout (nout or nt), n. Etym: [Russ. knut'; prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. knut knot, knout, Icel. kn knot: cf. F. knout. See Knot.] Defn: A kind of whip for flogging criminals, formerly much used in Russia. The last is a tapering bundle of leather thongs twisted with wire and hardened, so that it mangles the flesh.


KNOUT Knout, v. t. Defn: To punish with the knout Brougham.


KNOW Know, n. Defn: Knee. [Obs.] Chaucer.


KNOW Know, v. t. [imp. Knew; p. p. Known; p. pr. & vb. n. Knowing.] Etym: [OE. knowen, knawen, AS. cn?wan; akin to OHG. chn?an (in comp.), Icel. kn? to be able, Russ, znate to know, L. gnoscere, noscere, Gr. jn; fr. the root of E. can, v. i., ken. (Ken, Can to be able, and cf. Acquaint, Cognition, Gnome, Ignore, Noble, Note.] 1. To perceive or apprehend clearly and certainly; to understand; to have full information of; as, to know one's duty. O, that a man might know The end of this day's business ere it come! Shak. There is a certainty in the proposition, and we know it. Dryden. Know how sublime a thing it is To suffer and be strong. Longfellow. 2. To be convinced of the truth of; to be fully assured of; as, to know things from information. 3. To be acquainted with; to be no stranger to; to be more or less familiar with the person, character, etc., of; to possess experience of; as, to know an author; to know the rules of an organization. He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. 2 Cor. v. 21. Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. Milton. 4. To recognize; to distinguish; to discern the character of; as, to know a person's face or figure. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Matt. vil. 16. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him. Luke xxiv. 31. To know Faithful friend from flattering foe. Shak. At nearer view he thought he knew the dead. Flatman. 5. To have sexual commerce with. And Adam knew Eve his wife. Gen. iv. 1. Note: Know is often followed by an objective and an infinitive (with or without to) or a participle, a dependent sentence, etc. And I knew that thou hearest me always. John xi. 42. The monk he instantly knew to be the prior. Sir W. Scott. In other hands I have known money do good. Dickens. To know how, to understand the manner, way, or means; to have requisite information, intelligence, or sagacity. How is sometimes omitted. If we fear to die, or know not to be patient. Jer. Taylor.


KNOW Know, v. i. 1. To have knowledge; to have a clear and certain perception; to possess wisdom, instruction, or information; -- often with of. Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Is. i. 3. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. John vii. 17. The peasant folklore of Europe still knows of willows that bleed and weep and speak when hewn. Tylor. 2. To be assured; to feel confident. To know of,to ask, to inquire. [Obs.] Know of your youth, examine well your blood. Shak.


KNOW-ALL Know-all`, n. Defn: One who knows everything; hence, one who makes pretension to great knowledge; a wiseacre; -- usually ironical. [Colloq. or R.]


KNOW-NOTHING Know-noth`ing, n. Defn: A member of a secret political organization in the United States, the chief objects of which were the proscription of foreigners by the repeal of the naturalization laws, and the exclusive choice of native Americans for office. Note: The party originated in 1853, and existed for about three years. The members of it were called Know-nothings, because they replied I don't know, to any questions asked them in reference to the party.


KNOW-NOTHINGISM Know-noth`ing*ism, n. Defn: The doctrines, principles, or practices, of the Know-nothings.


KNOWABLE Knowa*ble, a. Defn: That may be known; capable of being discovered, understood, or ascertained. Thus mind and matter, as known or knowable, are only two different series of phenomena or qualities. Sir W. Hamilton.


KNOWABLENESS Knowa* ble*ness, n. Defn: The state or quality of being knowable. Locke.


KNOWER Knower, n. Defn: One who knows. Shak.


KNOWING Knowing, a. 1. Skilful; well informed; intelligent; as, a knowing man; a knowing dog. The knowing and intelligent part of the world. South. 2. Artful; cunning; as, a knowing rascal. [Colloq.]


KNOWING Knowing, n. Defn: Knowledge; hence, experience. In my knowing. Shak. This sore night Hath trifled former knowings. Shak.


KNOWINGLY Knowing*ly, adv. 1. With knowledge; in a knowing manner; intelligently; consciously; deliberately; as, he would not knowingly offend. Strype. 2. By experience. [Obs.] Shak.


KNOWINGNESS Knowing*ness, n. Defn: The state or quality of being knowing or intelligent; shrewdness; skillfulness.


KNOWLECHE Knowleche, n. & v. [Obs.] Defn: See Knowl, edge. We consider and knowleche that we have offended. Chaucer.


KNOWLECHING Knowlech*ing, n. Defn: Knowledge. [Obs.] Chaucer.


KNOWLEDGE Knowledge, n. Etym: [OE. knowlage, knowlege, knowleche, knawleche. The last part is the Icel. suffix -leikr, forming abstract nouns, orig. the same as Icel. leikr game, play, sport, akin to AS. lac, Goth. laiks dance. See Know, and cf. Lake, v. i., Lark a frolic.] 1. The act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact, truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance; cognition. Knowledge, which is the highest degree of the speculative faculties, consists in the perception of the truth of affirmative or negative propositions. Locke. 2. That which is or may be known; the object of an act of knowing; a cognition; -- chiefly used in the plural. There is a great difference in the delivery of the mathematics, which are the most abstracted of knowledges. Bacon. Knowledges is a term in frequent use by Bacon, and, though now obsolete, should be revived, as without it we are compelled to borrow cognitions to express its import. Sir W. Hamilton. To use a word of Bacon's, now unfortunately obsolete, we must determine the relative value of knowledges. H. Spencer. 3. That which is gained and preserved by knowing; instruction; acquaintance; enlightenment; learning; scholarship; erudition. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 1 Cor. viii. 1. Ignorance is the curse of God; -Knowledge, the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. Shak. 4. That familiarity which is gained by actual experience; practical skill; as, a knowledge of life. Shipmen that had knowledge of the sea. 1 Kings ix. 27. 5. Scope of information; cognizance; notice; as, it has not come to my knowledge. Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldst take knowledge of me Ruth ii. 10. 6. Sexual intercourse; -- usually preceded by carnal; as, carnal knowledge. Syn. -- See Wisdom.


KNOWLEDGE Knowledge, v. t. Defn: To acknowledge. [Obs.] Sinners which knowledge their sins. Tyndale.


KNOWN Known, p. p. Defn: of Know.


KNUBS Knubs, n. pl. Defn: Waste silk formed in winding off the threads from a cocoon.


KNUCKLE Knuckle, n. Etym: [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. kn?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.) Defn: The joining pars of a hinge through which the pin or rivet passes; a knuckle joint. 5. (Shipbuilding) Defn: 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 Knuckle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knuckled;; p. pr. & vb. n. Knuckling.] Defn: 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 Knuckle, v. t. Defn: To beat with the knuckles; to pommel. [R.] Horace Smith.


KNUCKLED Knuckled, a. Defn: Jointed. [Obs.] Bacon.


KNUFF Knuff, n. Etym: [Cf. Cnof a churl.] Defn: A lout; a clown. [Obs.] The country knuffs, Hob, Dick, and Hick, With clubs and clouted shoon. Hayward.


KNUR Knur, n. Etym: [See Knurl.] Defn: A knurl. Woodward.


KNURL Knurl, n. Etym: [See Knar, Gnar.] Defn: A contorted knot in wood; a crossgrained protuberance; a nodule; a boss or projection. 2. One who, or that which, is crossgrained.


KNURL Knurl, v. t. Defn: To provide with ridges, to assist the grasp, as in the edge of a flat knob, or coin; to mill.


KNURLED Knurled, a. 1. Full of knots; gnarled. 2. Milled, as the head of a screw, or the edge of a coin.


KNURLY Knurly, [Compar. Knurlier (; superl. Knurliest.] Etym: [See Knur, and cf. Gnarly.] Defn: Full of knots; hard; tough; hence, capable of enduring or resisting much.


KNURRY Knurry, a. Defn: Full of knots. [Obs.] Drayton.


KOAITA Ko*aita, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: Same as Coaita.


KOALA Ko*ala, n. Defn: A tailless marsupial (Phascolarctos cinereus), found in Australia. The female carries her young on the back of her neck. Called also Australian bear, native bear, and native sloth.


KOB; KOBA Kob, Koba, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: Any one of several species of African antelopes of the genus Kobus, esp. the species Kobus sing-sing.


KOBALT Kobalt, n. Defn: See Cobalt.


KOBELLITE Kobel*lite, n. Etym: [From Franz von Kobell, of Munich.] (Min.) Defn: A blackish gray mineral, a sulphide of antimony, bismuth, and lead.


KOBOLD Kobold, n. Etym: [G., perh. orig., house god, hose protector. See Cobalt] Defn: A kind of domestic spirit in German mythology, corresponding to the Scottish brownie and the English Robin Goodfellow.


KODAK Kodak, n. Defn: A kind of portable camera.

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