knees, kneel


knees, kneel
Knees are said to be particularly affected by emotions—fear (Dan. 5:6) or weakness (Is. 35:3; Ps. 109:24). Kneeling was an attitude of worship (1 Kgs. 19:18) or reverence (Matt. 17:14). Paul and the elders of Ephesus knelt to pray (Acts 20:36).

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  • kneel — [ nil ] (past tense and past participle knelt [ nelt ] or kneeled) verb intransitive * kneel or kneel down to put one or both knees on the ground: She knelt in front of the fire to warm herself. I knelt down on the floor beside her. a. to have… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Kneel — (n[=e]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knelt} (n[e^]lt) or {Kneeled} (n[=e]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kneeling}.] [OE. knelen, cneolien; akin to D. knielen, Dan. kn[ae]le. See {Knee}.] To bend the knee; to fall or rest on the knees; sometimes with down. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kneel — [ni:l] v also kneel down past tense and past participle knelt [nelt] also kneeled AmE [I] [: Old English; Origin: cneowlian] to be in or move into a position where your body is resting on your knees ▪ Tom knelt down and patted the dog. kneel on ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • kneel´er — kneel «neel», verb, knelt or kneeled, kneel|ing, noun. –v.i. 1. to go down on one s knee or knees: »She knelt down to pull a weed from the flower bed. I kneeled down, and gave God thanks aloud for my recovery from my sickness (Daniel Defoe) …   Useful english dictionary

  • kneel — [v] get down on one’s knees bow, bow down, curtsey, do obeisance, genuflect, kowtow, prostrate oneself, stoop; concept 154 …   New thesaurus

  • kneel — ► VERB (past and past part. knelt or chiefly N. Amer. also kneeled) ▪ fall or rest on a knee or the knees. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • kneel — [nēl] vi. knelt or kneeled, kneeling [ME knelen < OE cneowlian < cneow, KNEE] to bend or rest on a knee or the knees …   English World dictionary

  • kneel */ — UK [niːl] / US [nɪl] verb [intransitive] Word forms kneel : present tense I/you/we/they kneel he/she/it kneels present participle kneeling past tense knelt UK [nelt] / US past participle knelt a) kneel or kneel down to put one or both knees on… …   English dictionary

  • kneel — [[t]ni͟ːl[/t]] kneels, kneeling, kneeled, knelt VERB (The forms kneeled and knelt can both be used for the past tense and past participle.) When you kneel, you bend your legs so that your knees are touching the ground. [V prep/adv] She knelt by… …   English dictionary

  • kneel — /nil / (say neel) verb (i) (knelt or kneeled, kneeling) 1. to fall or rest on the knees or a knee. –noun 2. the action or position of kneeling. –phrase 3. kneel on, Colloquial to oppress; force into submission. 4. kneel to, to submit oneself …   Australian English dictionary


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