kneecap

[nee-kap]
noun
1.
the patella.
2.
a protective covering, usually knitted, for the knee.
verb (used with object), kneecapped, kneecapping.
3.
to cripple (a person) by shooting in the knee: Terrorists were kneecapping prospective jurors.

Origin:
1650–60; knee + cap1

kneecapper, noun
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kneecap (ˈniːˌkæp)
 
n
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')
n.
See patella.

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kneecap   (nē'kāp')  Pronunciation Key 
See patella.
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Example sentences
One of her humanlike knees was complete with a kneecap no bigger than a dried
  pea.
The screw and plate at right hold the kneecap in place.
We didn't know it then, but she had cracked her kneecap.
The occasional gunshots are as startling as a sudden crack across the kneecap.
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