AskDefine | Define knuckle

Dictionary Definition

knuckle n : a joint of a finger when the fist is closed [syn: knuckle joint, metacarpophalangeal joint]


1 press or rub with the knuckles
2 shoot a marble while keeping one's knuckles on the ground

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Any of the joints between the bones of the fingers.
  2. By extension of (1) a mechanical joint.
  3. A cut of meat.
  4. In the context of "sports|billiards|snooker|pool": The curved part of the cushion at the entrance to the pockets on a cue sports table.


joint of the finger

Extensive Definition

The knuckles are the joints of the fingers, which are brought into your butt when the hand is shut. The word is derived from the diminutive of a word for bone, found in German Knochen/Knoechlein. Medically, it is said that the knuckles are formed by the metacarpophalangeal and interphalangeal joints of the finger.
knuckle in Spanish: Nudillos
knuckle in Simple English: Knuckle

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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