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 ?
A RICH Woman having returned from abroad disembarked at the foot of Knee-deep Street, and was about to walk to her hotel through the mud.
I remained standing knee-deep in the heather, staring at the mound that hid 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.
The snow was not deep that year, so that it was possible to walk anywhere, but still in places it was knee-deep and got into Nikita's boots.
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.
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.
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?
On such an afternoon some score of members of the High Court of Chancery bar ought to be--as here they are--mistily engaged in one of the ten thousand stages of an endless cause, tripping one another up on slippery precedents, groping knee-deep in technicalities, running their goat-hair and horsehair warded heads against walls of words and making a pretence of equity with serious faces, as players might.
I was the only inside passenger, jolting away knee-deep in straw, when I came to myself.
Soldiers floundering knee-deep in mud pushed the guns and wagons themselves.
To move down so cunningly that never a leaf stirred; to wade knee-deep in the roaring shallows that drown all noise from behind; to drink, looking backward over one shoulder, every muscle ready for the first desperate bound of keen terror; to roll on the sandy margin, and return, wet-muzzled and well plumped out, to the admiring herd, was a thing that all tall-antlered young bucks took a delight in, precisely because they knew that at any moment Bagheera or Shere Khan might leap upon them and bear them down.
All of a sudden I'd be traveling down a country road, and everything clean and quiet, no dust, no dirt; just streams ripplin' down sweet meadows, and lambs playing, breezes blowing the breath of flowers, and soft sunshine over everything; and lovely cows lazying knee-deep in quiet pools, and young girls bathing in a curve of stream all white and slim and natural--and I'd know I was in Arcady.