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kidney Tweet Definition of kidney Like Definition of kidney on Facebook
noun
  1. An organ in the body that produces urine.
  2. This organ (of an animal) cooked as food
kindle Tweet Definition of kindle Like Definition of kindle on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A collective term for a group of kittens.
A of kittens.
verb (kindl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To start (a fire) or light (a torch).
Please a fire in the barbecue.
  1. (transitive) To arouse or inspire (a passion, etc).
He kindled an enthusiasm for the project in his fellow workers.
KIT Tweet Definition of KIT Like Definition of KIT on Facebook
initialism
  1. Keep In Touch
knee Tweet Definition of knee Like Definition of knee on Facebook
noun
  1. In humans, the joint in the middle part of the leg.
Jessica was wearing shorts, so she skinned her exposed knees when she fell.
  1. (skeleton) The joint, or region of the joint, between the thigh and leg.
  2. (anatomy) In the horse and allied animals, the carpal joint, corresponding to the wrist in humans.
  3. (shipbuilding) A piece of timber or metal formed with an angle somewhat in the shape of the human knee when bent.
Quotations
  • 1980: Deck beams were supported by hanging knees, triangular pieces of wood typically found underneath the timbers they are designed to support, but in this case found above them. — Richard W. Unger, The Ship in the Medieval Economy 600-1600, page 41.
    1. An act of kneel, kneeling, especially to show respect or courtesy.
Give them title, knee, and approbation. Shak.
  1. Any knee-shaped item or sharp angle in a line, "the knee of a graph", an inflection point
knot Tweet Definition of knot Like Definition of knot on Facebook
noun
  1. A looping of a piece of string or of any other long, flexible material that cannot be untangled without passing one or both ends of the material through its loops.
When climbing, it is important to make sure that your knots are both secure and of types that will not weaken the rope.
  1. (of hair, etc) A tangled clump.
The young mother was brushing knots from her protesting child's hair.
  1. A maze-like pattern.
  2. (mathematics) A closed curve that is an abstraction of a knot (in sense 1 above).
  3. A difficult situation.
I got into a when I inadvertently insulted the policeman.
  1. A unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour.
Cedric claimed his beat-up old yacht could make 20 knots, if he would just make a few repairs, but we figured he was pulling our leg.
  1. Either of two species of small wading birds, the red knot (Calidris canutus) and the great knot (Calidris tenuirostris).
  2. The whorl left in lumber by the base of a branch growing out of the tree's trunk.
When preparing to tell stories at a campfire, I like to set aside a pile of pine logs with lots of knots, since they burn brighter and make dramatic pops and cracks.
  1. Local swelling in a tissue area, especially skin, often due to injury.
Jeremy had a on his head where he had bumped it on the bedframe.
  1. (nautical) One nautical mile per hour.
verb (knot, t, ing)
  1. To form into a knot.
She knotted the ends of the rope to keep it from unravelling.
  1. To form wrinkles in the forehead, as a sign of concentration, concern, surprise, etc.
She knotted her brow in concentration as she attempted to unravel the tangled strands.
knotted Tweet Definition of knotted Like Definition of knotted on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, knot)

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