knock Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing)
- the knocking grew louder
noun negative criticism
noun a vigorous blow
bang; belt; bash; smash.
- the sudden knock floored him
- he took a bash right in his face
- he got a bang on the head
noun a bad experience
- the school of hard knocks
noun the act of hitting vigorously
whang; whack; rap; belt.
- he gave the table a whack
verb deliver a sharp blow or push :"He knocked the glass clear across the room"
verb rap with the knuckles
- knock on the door
verb knock against with force or violence
- My car bumped into the tree
verb make light, repeated taps on a surface
pink; tap; rap.
- he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently
verb sound like a car engine that is firing too early
- the car pinged when I put in low-octane gasoline
- The car pinked when the ignition was too far retarded
verb find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
criticise; pick apart; criticize.
- The paper criticized the new movie
- Don't knock the food--it's free
Knock intransitive verb
To drive or be driven against something; to strike against something; to clash;Bacon. as, one heavy body. knocksagainst another
To strike or beat with something hard or heavy; to rap; as, to knockwith a club; to knockon 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.
Knock transitive verb
To strike with something hard or heavy; to move by striking; to drive (a thing) against something; as, to knocka ball with a bat; to knockthe head against a post; to knocka lamp off the table.
When heroes knock their knotty heads together. Rowe.
To strike for admittance; to rap upon, as a door.
Master, knock the door hard. Shak.
[MW10]: Knock off (a) v. i. and t. to quit (working). (b) accomplish, frequently used when the task is accomplished rapidly. (c) (Coll.) to kill; to defeat (opponents). (d) to discount, to deduct (a sum from a price). (d) rob. (also "knock over") (e) to make a knockoff of; copy, imitate.
A blow; a stroke with something hard or heavy; a jar.
A stroke, as on a door for admittance; a rap." A knock at the door." Longfellow.
A loud cry or some great knock. Holland.