He knelt beside Glover just as he once had by that injured boy back in Brooklyn.
Outside the courthouse, supporters of Martin's family jeered, wept, or knelt in prayer as the verdict came.
Her tender face bent in compassion over a marble form so exquisitely pure that I knelt and signed myself.
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.