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

  Kneel \Kneel\ (n[=e]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knelt (n[e^]lt) or
     Kneeled (n[=e]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Kneeling.] [OE.
     knelen, cneolien; akin to D. knielen, Dan. kn[ae]le. See
     Knee.]
     To bend the knee; to fall or rest on the knees; -- sometimes
     with down.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The act of kneeling, when performed in front of a
           person, is often done as a sign of respect, humility,
           or supplication. It has a similar significance when
           performed in front of religious objects, such as an
           altar or shrine.
           [PJC]
  
                 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice,
                 Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. --Acts
                                                    vii. 60.
           [1913 Webster]
  
                 As soon as you are dressed, kneel and say the
                 Lord's Prayer.                     --Jer. Taylor.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  kneel
      n 1: supporting yourself on your knees [syn: kneel,
           kneeling]
      v 1: rest one's weight on one's knees; "In church you have to
           kneel during parts of the service"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "kneel":
     bend, bend the knee, bend the neck, bob, bob a curtsy, bob down,
     bootlick, bow, bow and scrape, bow down, bow the head, cower,
     crawl, creep, cringe, crouch, curtsy, duck, fall down before, fawn,
     flatter, genuflect, grovel, kowtow, lick the dust, lickspittle,
     make a leg, make a reverence, make obeisance, nod, salaam, scrape,
     stoop, toadeat, toady, truckle
  
  

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