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knee

1. the joint of the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella
2. 
a. the area surrounding and above this joint
b. reaching or covering the knee
3. a corresponding or similar part in other vertebrates
4. anything resembling a knee in action, such as a device pivoted to allow one member angular movement in relation to another
5. anything resembling a knee in shape, such as an angular bend in a pipe
6. any of the hollow rounded protuberances that project upwards from the roots of the swamp cypress: thought to aid respiration in waterlogged soil

Knee

A bent or curved element used to stiffen a joint where two members meet at an angle, such as a timber frame column and beam.

knee

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(anatomy)
The articulation between the femur and the tibia in humans. Also known as genu.
The corresponding articulation in the hindlimb of a quadrupedal vertebrate.
(mechanical engineering)
In a knee-and-column type of milling machine, the part which supports the saddle and table and which can move vertically on the column.
(metallurgy)
The lower supporting structure for an arm in a resistance welding machine.

knee

1. A piece of wood having a bend, either natural or artificially set; a crook, 2.
2. A part of the back of a handrail having a convex upper surface.
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I WANTED to bow the knee to Chelsea the other night but was frightened that Didier Drogba would go down in agony.
Carroll's coronation is inevitable, but yesterday the crown prince had to bow the knee to the monarch.
They refused to bow the knee to the despotic regime and emigrated.
Hale Irwin continues to beat Father Time but there must come a cut-off point where he has to bow the knee to the young upstarts on the Champions Tour.
Not that Blackpool will come tomorrow looking to bow the knee before superior human beings.
Conservatives and Lib Dems all bow the knee to the EU.
Singh also had to bow the knee to Tiger but only after two titanic battles, going down on the final green when it was played in a matchplay format in 1998 and then looking the certain winner until Woods eagled the last two years later to tie the Fijian, then eagled it again in the play-off to blow him away.
A crowd of 41,167 - yes, 41,167 - saw brave Blyth finally bow the knee 2-1 after a titanic struggle.
And when O'Gorman again opened up a six point gap with his second goal for Wicklow, Derry still refused to bow the knee, chipping away at the lead until McBride's second goal on 68 minutes cut the deficit to a single point (3-10 to 2-12).
Jones may have to bow the knee to Lee Westwood, whose recent form has been outstanding, but others above him on the index have question marks.
But it may turn out to be the last - if Italy refuses to bow the knee.
The big hitters all triumph to warn the world that no-one is welcome in their domain, Sunderland obediently bow the knee to Liverpool as they have done in the last five Mackem v Scousers tussles, and Fernando Torres notches the killer goal.