from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mech., a releasing device; a tappet or cam for releasing some part of a mechanism. It is used in some forms of engine valve-gears to operate the admission-valves.
  • noun The device by which the loops of yarn are knocked off or drawn over the ends of the needles in a knitting-machine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mach.) Act or place of knocking off; that which knocks off
  • noun A knockoff.
  • adjective That knocks off; of or pertaining to knocking off.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of knockoff.


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  • To silence.

    July 31, 2008

  • In noun form it signifies an imitation product, generally of lesser quality.

    March 4, 2009