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Noun, Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Noun knuckle has 1 sense

Verb knuckle has 2 senses


knucklen. [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. knöchel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.].
  •  The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the closing of the fingers.  Davenant.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The kneejoint, or middle joint, of either leg of a quadruped, especially of a calf; -- formerly used of the kneejoint of a human being.  [1913 Webster]
    "With weary knuckles on thy brim she kneeled sadly down."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The joint of a plant.  Bacon.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The joining parts of a hinge through which the pin or rivet passes; a knuckle joint.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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; -- called also knuckle duster, knuckles or brass knuckles.  [1913 Webster]
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.
knucklev. i. 
     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, v. i. (b) To apply one's self vigorously or earnestly to; as, to knuckle to work. [Colloq.]
knucklev. t. 
     To beat with the knuckles; to pummel.  Horace Smith.  [1913 Webster]


knuckle, n. & v.
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 rub with the knuckles.

go the knuckle Austral. sl. fight, punch. knuckle-bone
1 bone forming a knuckle.
2 the bone of a sheep or other animal corresponding to or resembling a knuckle.
3 a knuckle of meat.
1 animal knuckle-bones used in the game of jacks.
2 the game of jacks. knuckle down (often foll.
by to)
1 apply oneself seriously (to a task etc.).
2 (also knuckle under) give in; submit. knuckle sandwich sl. a punch in the mouth. rap on (or over) the knuckles see RAP(1).
knuckly adj.
ME knokel f. MLG, MDu. kn{ouml}kel, dimin. of knoke bone



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