Jump to navigation Jump to search
- (transitive) To work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; especially, to work, as by repeated pressure with the knuckles, into a well mixed mass, the materials of bread, cake, etc.
- 2001, Özcan Ozan, Carl Tremblay, The Sultan's Kitchen: A Turkish Cookbook:
- Knead the dough by pressing down on it with the heels of both your palms and pushing it forward to stretch it, then pulling it back toward you...
- (transitive, figurative) To treat or form as if by kneading; to beat.
- (intransitive, felinology) Of cats, to make an alternating pressing motion with the two front paws.
- 1991, Grace McHattie, That's cats!: a compendium of feline facts:
- Cats knead with their paws when happy, just as they kneaded when feeding from their mothers as kittens.
- 2012, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Cat Lover's Companion, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN:
- Why do cats knead? When kittens are nursing, they knead against their mothers' bellies to draw out milk. A relaxed adult cat kneads your leg or a couch cushion to show that he's happy and content, as he was when he was a nursing baby.
- (transitive) To mix thoroughly; form into a homogeneous compound.
- (mix): amalgamate
to work and press into a mass
(of cats) to press on a surface to relax
knead (plural kneads)
- The act of kneading something.
- 2011, Andrew Whitley, Bread Matters:
- Do not expect the dough to be very manageable even after a good knead.