knead

[need]
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:
before 950; Middle English kneden, Old English cnedan; cognate with German kneten, Dutch kneden

kneadable, adjective
kneadability, noun
kneader, noun
kneadingly, adverb
reknead, verb (used with object)
unkneaded, adjective
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knead (niːd)
 
vb
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
 
[Old English cnedan; related to Old Saxon knedan, Old Norse knotha]
 
'kneader
 
n

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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).
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Knead definition


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

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Example sentences
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.
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