knee cap


the patella.
a protective covering, usually knitted, for the knee.
verb (used with object), kneecapped, kneecapping.
to cripple (a person) by shooting in the knee: Terrorists were kneecapping prospective jurors.

1650–60; knee + cap1

kneecapper, noun Unabridged
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kneecap (ˈniːˌkæp)
1.  anatomy a nontechnical name for patella
2.  another word for poleyn
vb , -caps, -capping, -capped
3.  (esp of certain terrorist groups) to shoot (a person) in the kneecap, esp as an act of retaliation

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kneecap knee·cap (nē'kāp')
See patella.

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kneecap   (nē'kāp')  Pronunciation Key 
See patella.
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