Knuc"kle (?), n. [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. knochel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.]


The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the closing of the fingers.



The kneejoint, or middle joint, of either leg of a quadruped, especially of a calf; -- formerly used of the kneejoint of a human being.

With weary knuckles on thy brim she kneeled sadly down. Golding.


The joint of a plant.



4. Mech.

The joining pars of a hinge through which the pin or rivet passes; a knuckle joint.

5. Shipbuilding

A convex portion of a vessel's figure where a sudden change of shape occurs, as in a canal boat, where a nearly vertical side joins a nearly flat bottom.


A contrivance, usually of brass or iron, and furnished with points, worn to protect the hand, to add force to a blow, and to disfigure the person struck; as, brass knuckles; -- called also knuckle duster.


Knuckle joint Mach., a hinge joint, in which a projection with an eye, on one piece, enters a jaw between two corresponding projections with eyes, on another piece, and is retained by a pin which passes through the eyes and forms the pivot. -- Knuckle of veal Cookery, the lower part of a leg of veal, from the line of the body to the knuckle.


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Knuc"kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knuckled (?);; p. pr. & vb. n. Knuckling (?).]

To yield; to submit; -- used with down, to, or under.

To knuckle to. (a) To submit to in a contest; to yield to. [Colloq.] See To knock under, under Knock, v. i. (b) To apply one's self vigorously or earnestly to; as, to knuckle to work. [Colloq.]


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Knuc"kle, v. t.

To beat with the knuckles; to pommel.


Horace Smith.


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