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[neel] /nil/
verb (used without object), knelt or kneeled, kneeling.
to go down or rest on the knees or a knee.
the action or position of kneeling.
before 1000; Middle English knelen, Old English cnēowlian (cognate with Low German knelen, Dutch knielen). See knee, -le
Related forms
kneelingly, adverb
unkneeling, adjective Unabridged
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  • And tall pots make it easier for gardeners with limited mobility to tend crops without kneeling or squatting.
  • The kneeling crowd fades with the light of the torches.
  • The two remaining warriors are kneeling archers who welcome, and say good-bye to, the visitor.
  • Although you see him only from the waist up, he gives the impression that he is kneeling.
  • My father in his dark civilian suit was kneeling there with his head bent, his face in his hands.
  • His jeans were worn and bulging mid-leg, as though he spent his days kneeling.
  • My father was kneeling, crying and begging them for mercy.
  • To his left is a kneeling knight, while surrounding him is a group of jesters who seem to be performing for his entertainment.
  • kneeling creepers provide support when work must be done in awkward and stressful positions.
  • Engage the safety and move to a kneeling barricade position and fire five rounds.
British Dictionary definitions for kneeling


verb kneels, kneeling, knelt, kneeled
(intransitive) to rest, fall, or support oneself on one's knees
the act or position of kneeling
Derived Forms
kneeler, noun
Word Origin
Old English cnēowlian; see knee
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Word Origin and History for kneeling



Old English cneowlian, from cneow (see knee (n.)); cf. Middle Low German knelen, Middle Dutch cnielen, Dutch knielen Gothic knussjan. Past tense knelt is a modern formation (19c.) on analogy of feel/felt, etc. Related: Kneeling.

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