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knuckle

/ˈnʌkəl / (say 'nukuhl)

noun
1. a joint of a finger, especially one of the joints at the roots of the fingers.
2. the rounded prominence of such a joint when the finger is bent.
3. a joint of meat, consisting of the parts about the carpal or tarsal joint of a quadruped.
4. an angle between two members or surfaces of a vessel.
5. a cylindrical projecting part on a hinge, through which an axis or pin passes; the joint of a hinge.
6. (plural)jack1 (def. 6b).
verb (t) (knuckled, knuckling)
7. to assault, with fists or knuckle-dusters.
8. to press or touch with the knuckles: to knuckle one's brow in respect.
phrase
9. go the knuckle, Colloquial to fight; punch.
10. knuckle down,
a. to hold the knuckles close to the ground in playing marbles.
b. to apply oneself vigorously or earnestly, as to a task.
11. knuckle over, Colloquial to fall over.
12. knuckle under, to yield or submit. {Phrase Origin: from the obsolete use of knuckle to apply to the protuberance of any joint, at the finger, elbow or knee. Thus, knuckling referred to bending the knee, as in submission. }
13. near (or close to) the knuckle, (of a remark, joke, etc.) near the limit of what is permitted or acceptable.
{Middle English knokel; related to German Knöchel, diminutive of Knochen bone}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knuckle — (n.) mid 14c., knokel finger joint; any joint of the body, especially a knobby one; morbid lump or swelling; common Germanic (Cf. M.L.G. knökel, M.Du. cnockel, Ger. knöchel), lit. little bone, a dim. of P.Gmc. root *knuck bone (Cf. Ger. Knochen… …   Etymology dictionary

  • knuckle — ► NOUN 1) a part of a finger at a joint where the bone is near the surface. 2) a projection of the carpal or tarsal joint of a quadruped. 3) this projection as a joint of meat. ► VERB ▪ rub or press with the knuckles. ● knuckle down Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • knuckle — [nuk′əl] n. [ME knokyl < or akin to MDu & MLowG knokel, dim. of knoke, bone < IE * gneuĝ : for IE base see KNOT1] 1. a) a joint of the finger; esp., the joint connecting a finger to the rest of the hand b) the rounded knob formed by the… …   English World dictionary

  • Knuckle — Knuc kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knuckled};; p. pr. & vb. n. {Knuckling}.] To yield; to submit; used with down, to, or under. [1913 Webster] {To knuckle to}. (a) To submit to in a contest; to yield to. [Colloq.] See {To knock under}, under {Knock} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knuckle — Knuc kle, v. t. To beat with the knuckles; to pummel. [R.] Horace Smith. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knuckle — Personnages de Hunter × Hunter Article de la série Manga Liste des mangas par titre français autre A B …   Wikipédia en Français

  • knuckle — knuck|le1 [ˈnʌkəl] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Middle Low German; Origin: knökel 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… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • knuckle — n. & v. n. 1 the bone at a finger joint, esp. that adjoining the hand. 2 a a projection of the carpal or tarsal joint of a quadruped. b a joint of meat consisting of this with the adjoining parts, esp. of bacon or pork. v.tr. strike, press, or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • knuckle — I UK [ˈnʌk(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms knuckle : singular knuckle plural knuckles 1) [usually plural] one of the parts where your fingers can bend or where they join your hand 2) a piece of meat from an animal s lower leg • near the… …   English dictionary

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