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3 definitions found
 for knee breeches
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knee \Knee\ (n[=e]), n. [OE. kne, cneo, As. cne['o], cne['o]w;
     akin to OS. knio, kneo, OFries. kn[imac], G. & D. knie, OHG.
     chniu, chneo, Icel. kn[=e], Sw. kn[aum], Dan. kn[ae], Goth.
     kniu, L. genu, Gr. go`ny, Skr. j[=a]nu, [root]231. Cf.
     Genuflection.]
     1. In man, the joint in the middle part of the leg.
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     2. (Anat.)
        (a) The joint, or region of the joint, between the thigh
            and leg.
        (b) In the horse and allied animals, the carpal joint,
            corresponding to the wrist in man.
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     3. (Mech. & Shipbuilding) A piece of timber or metal formed
        with an angle somewhat in the shape of the human knee when
        bent.
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     4. A bending of the knee, as in respect or courtesy.
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              Give them title, knee, and approbation. --Shak.
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     Knee breeches. See under Breeches.
  
     Knee holly, Knee holm (Bot.), butcher's broom.
  
     Knee joint. See in the Vocabulary.
  
     Knee timber, timber with knees or angles in it.
  
     Knee tribute, or Knee worship, tribute paid by kneeling;
        worship by genuflection. [Obs.] "Knee tribute yet unpaid."
        --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Breeches \Breech"es\ (br[i^]ch"[e^]z), n. pl. [OE. brech, brek,
     AS. br[=e]k, pl. of br[=o]c breech, breeches; akin to Icel.
     br[=o]k breeches, ODan. brog, D. broek, G. bruch; cf. L.
     bracae, braccae, which is of Celtic origin. Cf. Brail.]
     1. A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs;
        smallclothes.
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              His jacket was red, and his breeches were blue.
                                                    --Coleridge.
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     2. Trousers; pantaloons. [Colloq.]
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     Breeches buoy, in the life-saving service, a pair of canvas
        breeches depending from an annular or beltlike life buoy
        which is usually of cork. This contrivance, inclosing the
        person to be rescued, is hung by short ropes from a block
        which runs upon the hawser stretched from the ship to the
        shore, and is drawn to land by hauling lines.
  
     Breeches pipe, a forked pipe forming two branches united at
        one end.
  
     Knee breeches, breeches coming to the knee, and buckled or
        fastened there; smallclothes.
  
     To wear the breeches, to usurp the authority of the
        husband; -- said of a wife. [Colloq.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  knee breeches
      n 1: trousers ending above the knee [syn: breeches, knee
           breeches, knee pants, knickerbockers, knickers]

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