Knuckle

Definition of Knuckle

Knuc´kle
n.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.(Mech.) The joining parts of a hinge through which the pin or rivet passes; a knuckle joint.
5.(Shipbuilding) 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; - called also knuckle duster, knuckles or brass knuckles.
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.
v. i.1.To yield; to submit; - used with down, to, or under.
[imp. & p. p. Knuckled ;; p. pr. & vb. n. Knuckling .]
To knuckle to
a - To submit to in a contest; to yield to.
b - To apply one's self vigorously or earnestly to; as, to knuckle to work.
v. t.1.To beat with the knuckles; to pummel.

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