Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See patella.
  • n. See kneepad.
  • transitive v. To cripple by shooting in the legs, especially in the knees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The flat, roundish bone in the knee.
  • v. To destroy the kneecaps of (a person), usually by shooting at the knees, as a punishment carried out by criminals or terrorists.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A roundish, flattened, sesamoid bone in the tendon in front of the knee joint; the patella; the kneepan.
  • n. A cap or protection for the knee.
  • transitive v. to break the knees of, especially by shooting in the kneecap; -- often done by criminal or terrorist groups as a warning or punishment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bone capping the protuberance of the knee; the kneepan; the patella. See cut under knee-joint.
  • n. Any covering for the knee, worn as a protection from injury either to the joint or to the clothing that covers it.
  • n. Milit., same as genouillère.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint
  • v. shoot in the kneecap, often done by terrorist groups as a warning

Etymologies

knee + cap (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I walked over and looked underneath the sheet and Tiki's kneecap is sitting up on top of his knee, totally out of place.

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  • Guzman, who has missed the last four games with a sore left kneecap, is expected to return to the lineup Friday. …

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  • a broken kneecap, is a steady hitter and good fielder, though he never will provide much pop.

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  • The sound of the projector hitting his kneecap was a sound I used to hear when I was a kid going to watch the Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

    From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor

  • The kneecap is a nasty place to take a bullet because of the conjunction of bone, muscle, and nerve endings.

    The Bloomsday Dead

  • An incision was made where the tendon attaches to the bottom of the kneecap, which is where the fracture was.

    TheState.com: The Buzz

  • Shattered kneecap: If you fall hard on your knee or are struck by something on the knee, since the kneecap is a bone, it could break.

    Blisstree

  • Just as Louisiana politicians are about to get an up-close-and-personal look at the BP oil spill (it is approaching the shores an hour's drive from Baton Rouge, the state capital), they are considering a bill to "kneecap" all university environmental-law clinics in the state, which have led the way in challenging the historically cozy relationship between state politicians and the petrochemical industry.

    Louisiana Considers Bill to Restrict Lawsuits

  • How can we help deflect, prevent, or clean up after "kneecap" attempts against Obama and his team?

    RNC Keeps Hammering Obama Over Blago Mess

  • I am "presumptuous" that you "would care enough to strategically 'kneecap' presumptive presidential candidates", but your "recent two part series on the Presidential race was simply 'hadicapping' the field ..."

    Sound Politics: Post-Thanksgiving Turkey

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  • Rats. I was just about to go poke a kid's knees.

    October 5, 2007

  • Before all reading go out to poke children's knees in the name of experiment — they do; they're just not yet made of bone. “Ossification is completed about the age of puberty.”—Gray's Anatomy

    October 5, 2007

  • I can't believe there are six-year olds walking around without kneecaps.

    October 5, 2007

  • I'm told that babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age. Huh!


    October 5, 2007