Definition of Knuckle

1. Noun. A joint of a finger when the fist is closed.

Exact synonyms: Knuckle Joint, Metacarpophalangeal Joint
Generic synonyms: Articulatio Synovialis, Diarthrosis, Synovial Joint
Group relationships: Finger



2. Verb. Press or rub with the knuckles.
Generic synonyms: Press

3. Verb. Shoot a marble while keeping one's knuckles on the ground.
Generic synonyms: Shoot

Definition of Knuckle

1. n. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the closing of the fingers.

2. v. i. To yield; to submit; -- used with down, to, or under.

3. v. t. To beat with the knuckles; to pommel.

Definition of Knuckle

1. Noun. Any of the joints between the phalanges of the fingers. ¹

2. Noun. (by extension) A mechanical joint. ¹

3. Noun. A cut of meat. ¹

4. Noun. (sports billiards snooker pool) The curved part of the cushion at the entrance to the pockets on a cue sports table. ¹

5. Verb. To apply pressure, or rub or massage with one's knuckles. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Knuckle

1. to hit with the knuckles (the joints of the fingers) [v -LED, -LING, -LES]

Medical Definition of Knuckle

1. 1. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the closing of the fingers. 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. 4. The joining pars of a hinge through which the pin or rivet passes; a knuckle joint. 5. 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. Knuckle joint, the lower part of a leg of veal, from the line of the body to the knuckle. Origin: OE. Knokel, knokil, AS. Cuncel; akin to D. Knokkel, OFries. Knokele, knokle, G. Knochel, Sw. Knoge, Dan. Knokkel, G. Knochen bone, and perh. To E. Knock. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Knuckle

knows
knows someone in the biblical sense
knub
knubbier
knubbiest
knubble
knubbled
knubbles
knubblier
knubbling
knubbly
knubby
knubs
knuckers
knuckle (current term)
knuckle-dragger
knuckle-dragging
knuckle-duster
knuckle-dusters
knuckle-walking
knuckle down
knuckle dragger
knuckle draggers
knuckle duster
knuckle dusters
knuckle joint
knuckle pads
knuckle sandwich
knuckle sign

Literary usage of Knuckle

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1. Car Builders' Cyclopedia of American Practice by Master Car Builders' Association (1906)
"The inspector shall then inspect and gage each knuckle as to its compliance with drawing sizes, and for surface defects and proper contour lines. ..."

2. A New System of Domestic Cookery: Formed Upon Principles of Economy and by Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell (1824)
"Or fry the knuckle with sliced onions and butter to a good brown; and have ready ... Cut off the knuckle, for a stew or gravy. Roast the other part with a ..."

3. The Science of Railways by Marshall Monroe Kirkman (1909)
"1, but before failing, stands a sufficient number of blows to make retest admissible, another knuckle shall be taken from the same lot from which the first ..."

4. The Science of Railways by Marshall Monroe Kirkman (1911)
"1, but before falling, stands a sufficient number of blows to make retest admissible, another knuckle shall be taken from the same lot from which the first ..."

5. The Modern Gasoline Automobile: Its Design, Construction, Operation and by Victor Wilfred Pagé (1917)
"A long through bolt passes through the steering knuckle and acts as a ... Steering arms project from each knuckle and are joined together by a tiebar. ..."

6. Automotive Repair: Instruction Manual of Repair Jobs by John Calvin Wright (1921)
"Determine by measurement the amount the knuckle arm is out of alignment. 3. Bend the knuckle arm to suit the measurement or substitute a new knuckle arm. 4. ..."

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