knuckles


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knuck·le

 (nŭk′əl)
n.
1.
a. The prominence of the dorsal aspect of a joint of a finger, especially of one of the joints connecting the fingers to the hand.
b. A rounded protuberance formed by the bones in a joint.
2. A cut of meat centering on the carpal or tarsal joint, as of a pig.
3. The part of a hinge through which the pin passes.
4. A sharp angle formed by the meeting of two surfaces, especially two ship's timbers.
5. knuckles Brass knuckles.
tr.v. knuck·led, knuck·ling, knuck·les
1. To press, rub, or hit with the knuckles.
2. To shoot (a marble) with the thumb over the bent forefinger.
Phrasal Verbs:
knuckle down
To apply oneself earnestly to a task.
knuckle under
To yield to pressure; give in.

[Middle English knokel.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.knuckles - a small metal weaponknuckles - a small metal weapon; worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand
weapon, weapon system, arm - any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
References in classic literature ?
There was nothing else in the world but that face, and he would never know rest, blessed rest, until he had beaten that face into a pulp with his bleeding knuckles, or until the bleeding knuckles that somehow belonged to that face had beaten him into a pulp.
She drew the countess' large hand to her, kissed it on the back and then on the palm, then again turned it over and began kissing first one knuckle, then the space between the knuckles, then the next knuckle, whispering, "January, February, March, April, May.
The knuckles of the doctor's hands were extraordi- narily large.
He bent forward from the hips as he walked; and so far forward did he bend, and so long were his arms, that with every step he touched the knuckles of his hands to the ground on either side of him.
On more than one occasion she noticed fresh-broken skin on his knuckles.
And it won't be with an iron belaying pin either, Just two bunches of naked knuckles, that's all.
He swelled his giant chest, beat upon it with his calloused knuckles and swaggered to and fro before her.
In sudden panic I dashed my knuckles on the wooden bars, to get at a duck to give the monster for a sop.
Now, Mortimer,' says Lady Tippins, rapping the sticks of her closed green fan upon the knuckles of her left hand--which is particularly rich in knuckles, 'I insist upon your telling all that is to be told about the man from Jamaica.
And, perhaps, if the god-driver had an ungovernable desire to step down, put up his flame-colored fists and manfully dispute the right of way, he would have probably been immediately opposed by a scowling mortal with two sets of very hard knuckles.
If they broke down in their make-believe he rapped them on the knuckles.
said Mr Dennis, playfully rapping the knuckles of the hand nearest him.