knee-deep


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knee-deep

(nē′dēp′)
adj.
1. Reaching as high as the knees: knee-deep floodwaters.
2. Submerged to the knees: was knee-deep in mud.
3. Deeply occupied or involved: is knee-deep in work.

knee-deep

adj
1. so deep as to reach or cover the knees: knee-deep mud.
2.
a. sunk or covered to the knees: knee-deep in sand.
b. immersed; deeply involved: knee-deep in work.

knee′-deep′



adj.
1. reaching the knees: knee-deep mud.
2. submerged or covered up to the knees: knee-deep in water.
3. deeply embroiled; enmeshed; involved: knee-deep in trouble.
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.knee-deep - coming only to the ankle or kneeknee-deep - coming only to the ankle or knee  
shallow - lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center; "shallow water"; "a shallow dish"; "a shallow cut"; "a shallow closet"; "established a shallow beachhead"; "hit the ball to shallow left field"
Adv.1.knee-deep - up to the knees; "we were standing knee-deep in the water"
Translations

knee-deep

[ˈniːˈdiːp]
A. ADJ the water was knee-deepel agua cubría hasta las rodillas
to be knee-deep inestar metido hasta las rodillas en (fig) → estar metido hasta el cuello en
the place was knee-deep in paperhabía montones de papeles por todos lados
B. ADV to go into the water knee-deepavanzar hasta que el agua llegue a las rodillas

knee-deep

[ˈniːˈdiːp] adjfino al ginocchio
the water was knee-deep → l'acqua ci arrivava alle ginocchia

knee

(niː) noun
1. the joint at the bend of the leg. He fell and cut his knee; The child sat on her father's knee; She was on her knees weeding the garden; He fell on his knees and begged for mercy.
2. the part of an article of clothing covering this joint. He has a hole in the knee of his trousers.
ˈkneecap noun
the flat, round bone on the front of the knee joint.
ˌknee-ˈdeep adjective
reaching up to, or covered up to, one's knees. knee-deep water; He is knee-deep in water.
References in classic literature ?
The very cattle looked more tranquil than ours, as they stood knee-deep in clover, and the hens had a contented cluck, as if they never got nervous like Yankee biddies.
Go visit the Prairies in June, when for scores on scores of miles you wade knee-deep among Tiger-lilies--what is the one charm wanting?
The little boys swam out to us, sometimes, but the little maids stood knee-deep in the water and stopped their splashing and frolicking to inspect the raft with their innocent eyes as it drifted by.
I can't bear to wear rubbers unless the mud or the slush is simply knee-deep, they make your feet look so awfully big.
I struck straight into the heath; I held on to a hollow I saw deeply furrowing the brown moorside; I waded knee-deep in its dark growth; I turned with its turnings, and finding a moss-blackened granite crag in a hidden angle, I sat down under it.
I was the only inside passenger, jolting away knee-deep in straw, when I came to myself.
But where Silver stood with his lieutenant, all was still in shadow, and they waded knee-deep in a low white vapour that had crawled during the night out of the morass.
I remained standing knee-deep in the heather, staring at the mound that hid them.
The two horses sank knee-deep into the mud and stumbled into ditches; sometimes they had to jump over them.
Every freak of prodigality was indulged to its fullest extent, and in a little while most of the trappers, having squandered away all their wages, and perhaps run knee-deep in debt, were ready for another hard campaign in the wilderness.
Now, if you'd only an estate and a mansion, and a park, and a title, how you could play the exclusive, maintain the rights of your class, train your tenantry in habits of respect to the peerage, oppose at every step the advancing power of the people, support your rotten order, and be ready for its sake to wade knee-deep in churls' blood; as it is, you've no power; you can do nothing; you're wrecked and stranded on the shores of commerce; forced into collision with practical men, with whom you cannot cope, for YOU'LL NEVER BE A TRADESMAN.
Penn and Manuel stood knee-deep among cod in the pen, flourishing drawn knives.