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KNOCK, v.i. nok.

1. To strike or beat with something thick or heavy; as, to knock with a club or with the fist; to knock at the door. We never use this word to express beating with a small stick or whip.

2. To drive or be driven against; to strike against; to clash; as when one heavy body knocks against another.

To knock under, to yield; to submit; to acknowledge to be conquered; an expression borrowed from the practice of knocking under the table, when conquered.

KNOCK, v.t. nok. To strike; to drive against; as, to knock the head against a post.

1. To strike a door for admittance; to rap.

To knock down, to strike down; to fell; to prostrate by a blow or by blows; as, to knock down an ox.

To knock out, to force out by a blow or by blows; as, to knock out the brains.

To knock up, to arouse by knocking. In popular use, to beat out; to fatigue till unable to do more.

To knock off, to force off by beating. At auctions, to assign to a bidder by a blow on the counter.

To knock on the head, to kill by a blow or by blows.

KNOCK, n. nok. A blow; a stroke with something thick or heavy.

1. A stroke on a door, intended as a request for admittance; a rap.



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KNOCK, v.i. nok.

1. To strike or beat with something thick or heavy; as, to knock with a club or with the fist; to knock at the door. We never use this word to express beating with a small stick or whip.

2. To drive or be driven against; to strike against; to clash; as when one heavy body knocks against another.

To knock under, to yield; to submit; to acknowledge to be conquered; an expression borrowed from the practice of knocking under the table, when conquered.

KNOCK, v.t. nok. To strike; to drive against; as, to knock the head against a post.

1. To strike a door for admittance; to rap.

To knock down, to strike down; to fell; to prostrate by a blow or by blows; as, to knock down an ox.

To knock out, to force out by a blow or by blows; as, to knock out the brains.

To knock up, to arouse by knocking. In popular use, to beat out; to fatigue till unable to do more.

To knock off, to force off by beating. At auctions, to assign to a bidder by a blow on the counter.

To knock on the head, to kill by a blow or by blows.

KNOCK, n. nok. A blow; a stroke with something thick or heavy.

1. A stroke on a door, intended as a request for admittance; a rap.

KNOCK, n. [nok.]

  1. A blow; a stroke with something thick or heavy.
  2. A stroke on a door, intended as a request for admittance; a rap.

KNOCK, v.i. [nok; Sax. cnucian; W. cnociaw; Sw. knacka.]

  1. To strike or beat with something thick or heavy; as, to knock with a club or with the fist; to knock at the door. We never use this word to express beating with a small stick or whip.
  2. To drive or be driven against; to strike against; to clash; as when one heavy body knocks against another. To knock under, to yield; to submit; to acknowledge to be conquered; an expression borrowed from the practice of knocking under the table, when conquered. – Johnson.

KNOCK, v.t. [nok.]

  1. To strike; to drive against; as, to knock the head against a post.
  2. To strike a door for admittance; to rap. To knock down, to strike down; to fell; to prostrate by a blow or by blows; as, to knock down an ox. To knock out, to force out by a blow or by blows; as, to knock out the brains. To knock up, to arouse by knocking. In popular use, to beat out; to fatigue till unable to do more. To knock off, to force off by beating. At auctions, to assign to a bidder by a blow on the counter. To knock on the head, to kill by a blow or by blows.

Knock
  1. To drive or be driven against something; to strike against something; to clash; as, one heavy body knocks against another.

    Bacon.
  2. To strike with something hard or heavy; to move by striking; to drive (a thing) against something; as, to knock a ball with a bat; to knock the head against a post; to knock a lamp off the table.

    When heroes knock their knotty heads together. Rowe.

  3. A blow; a stroke with something hard or heavy; a jar.
  4. To practice evil speaking or fault-finding; to criticize habitually or captiously.

    [Vulgar Slang, U. S.]
  5. To impress strongly or forcibly; to astonish; to move to admiration or applause.

    [Slang, Eng.]
  6. To strike or beat with something hard or heavy; to rap; as, to knock with a club; to knock on the door.

    For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked. Dryden.

    Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matt. vii. 7.

    To knock about, to go about, taking knocks or rough usage; to wander about; to saunter. [Colloq.] "Knocking about town." W. Irving. -- To knock up, to fail of strength; to become wearied or worn out, as with labor; to give out. "The horses were beginning to knock up under the fatigue of such severe service." De Quincey. -- To knock off, to cease, as from work; to desist. -- To knock under, to yield; to submit; to acknowledge one's self conquered; -- an expression probably borrowed from the practice of knocking under the table with the knuckles, when conquered. "Colonel Esmond knocked under to his fate." Thackeray.

  7. To strike for admittance; to rap upon, as a door.

    Master, knock the door hard. Shak.

    To knock down. (a) To strike down; to fell; to prostrate by a blow or by blows; as, to knock down an assailant. (b) To assign to a bidder at an auction, by a blow or knock; to knock off. -- To knock in the head, or on the head, to stun or kill by a blow upon the head; hence, to put am end to; to defeat, as a scheme or project; to frustrate; to quash. [Colloq.] -- To knock off. (a) To force off by a blow or by beating. (b) To assign to a bidder at an auction, by a blow on the counter. (c) To leave off (work, etc.). [Colloq.] -- To knock out, to force out by a blow or by blows; as, to knock out the brains. - - To knock up. (a) To arouse by knocking. (b) To beat or tire out; to fatigue till unable to do more; as, the men were entirely knocked up. [Colloq.] "The day being exceedingly hot, the want of food had knocked up my followers." Petherick. (c) (Bookbinding) To make even at the edges, or to shape into book form, as printed sheets.

  8. A stroke, as on a door for admittance; a rap.

    " A knock at the door." Longfellow.

    A loud cry or some great knock. Holland.

    Knock off, a device in a knitting machine to remove loops from the needles.

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Knock

KNOCK, verb intransitive nok.

1. To strike or beat with something thick or heavy; as, to knock with a club or with the fist; to knock at the door. We never use this word to express beating with a small stick or whip.

2. To drive or be driven against; to strike against; to clash; as when one heavy body knocks against another.

To knock under, to yield; to submit; to acknowledge to be conquered; an expression borrowed from the practice of knocking under the table, when conquered.

KNOCK, verb transitive nok. To strike; to drive against; as, to knock the head against a post.

1. To strike a door for admittance; to rap.

To knock down, to strike down; to fell; to prostrate by a blow or by blows; as, to knock down an ox.

To knock out, to force out by a blow or by blows; as, to knock out the brains.

To knock up, to arouse by knocking. In popular use, to beat out; to fatigue till unable to do more.

To knock off, to force off by beating. At auctions, to assign to a bidder by a blow on the counter.

To knock on the head, to kill by a blow or by blows.

KNOCK, noun nok. A blow; a stroke with something thick or heavy.

1. A stroke on a door, intended as a request for admittance; a rap.

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