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 for Knuckle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knuckle \Knuc"kle\, n. [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to
     D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. kn["o]chel, Sw.
     knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.]
     1. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by
        the closing of the fingers. --Davenant.
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     2. The kneejoint, or middle joint, of either leg of a
        quadruped, especially of a calf; -- formerly used of the
        kneejoint of a human being.
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              With weary knuckles on thy brim she kneeled sadly
              down.                                 --Golding.
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     3. The joint of a plant. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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     4. (Mech.) The joining parts of a hinge through which the pin
        or rivet passes; a knuckle joint.
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     5. (Shipbuilding) A convex portion of a vessel's figure where
        a sudden change of shape occurs, as in a canal boat, where
        a nearly vertical side joins a nearly flat bottom.
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     6. A contrivance, usually of brass or iron, and furnished
        with points, worn to protect the hand, to add force to a
        blow, and to disfigure the person struck; -- called also
        knuckle duster, knuckles or brass knuckles. [Slang.]
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     Knuckle joint (Mach.), a hinge joint, in which a projection
        with an eye, on one piece, enters a jaw between two
        corresponding projections with eyes, on another piece, and
        is retained by a pin which passes through the eyes and
        forms the pivot.
     Knuckle of veal (Cookery), the lower part of a leg of veal,
        from the line of the body to the knuckle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knuckle \Knuc"kle\, v. t.
     To beat with the knuckles; to pummel. [R.] --Horace Smith.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knuckle \Knuc"kle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knuckled;; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Knuckling.]
     To yield; to submit; -- used with down, to, or under.
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     To knuckle to.
     (a) To submit to in a contest; to yield to. [Colloq.] See To
         knock under, under Knock, v. i.
     (b) To apply one's self vigorously or earnestly to; as, to
         knuckle to work. [Colloq.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a joint of a finger when the fist is closed [syn:
           knuckle, knuckle joint, metacarpophalangeal joint]
      v 1: press or rub with the knuckles
      2: shoot a marble while keeping one's knuckles on the ground

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  78 Moby Thesaurus words for "knuckle":
     Chateaubriand, ankle, articulation, blade roast, boundary, bow,
     breast, brisket, butt, capitulate, cave, cervix, chuck,
     chuck roast, clinch, clod, closure, cold cuts, connecting link,
     connecting rod, connection, coupling, defer, dovetail, elbow,
     embrace, filet mignon, flank, gliding joint, hinge, hinged joint,
     hip, interface, join, joining, joint, juncture, knee,
     knuckle under, link, loin, miter, mortise, neck, pivot,
     pivot joint, plate, plate piece, pot roast, rabbet, rack,
     rib roast, ribs, roast, rolled roast, round, rump, rump roast,
     saddle, scarf, seam, shank, short ribs, shoulder, shoulder clod,
     sirloin, stitch, submit, succumb, suture, symphysis, tenderloin,
     tie rod, toggle, toggle joint, union, weld, wrist

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