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[need] /nid/
verb (used with object)
1.
to work (dough, clay, etc.) into a uniform mixture by pressing, folding, and stretching.
2.
to manipulate by similar movements, as the body in a massage.
3.
to make by kneading:
to knead bread.
4.
to make kneading movements with:
She kneaded her fist into her palm.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English kneden, Old English cnedan; cognate with German kneten, Dutch kneden
Related forms
kneadable, adjective
kneadability, noun
kneader, noun
kneadingly, adverb
reknead, verb (used with object)
unkneaded, adjective
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Examples for knead
  • Turn dough onto a floured work surface and knead by hand a few seconds to form a smooth, round ball.
  • Turn dough onto floured work surface, and knead by hand for a few seconds to form a smooth, round ball.
  • Turn dough out on lightly floured work surface and knead gently a few times to form a disk.
  • Working quickly, knead the dough lightly for two to four minutes-don't over-knead, as that will cause the bread to be tough.
  • Coat a flat surface with some flour and knead your dough into a ball.
  • Use a paddle to help fold the dough over to knead until it has absorbed the flour on the work surface.
  • knead the ground beef together with salt, and then add the bread crumb mix.
  • Two rollers jointly knead and roll up and down your back at two different widths, with or without vibration.
  • Turn the dough onto a flat surface and knead briefly.
  • knead the dough with your hands for a few minutes, then use a rolling pin to roll it out on a wax paper-covered surface.
British Dictionary definitions for knead

knead

/niːd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to work and press (a soft substance, such as bread dough) into a uniform mixture with the hands
2.
to squeeze, massage, or press with the hands
3.
to make by kneading
Derived Forms
kneader, noun
Word Origin
Old English cnedan; related to Old Saxon knedan, Old Norse knotha
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Word Origin and History for knead
knead
O.E. cnedan "to knead," from P.Gmc. *knedanan (cf. O.S. knedan, M.Du. cneden, Ger. kneten, O.N. knoða "to knead"). Originally a strong verb (past tense cnæd, pp. cneden).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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knead in the Bible

to prepare dough in the process of baking (Gen. 18:6; 1 Sam. 28:24; Hos. 7:4).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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