kneecap

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See also: knee-cap and knee cap

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

knee +‎ cap

Noun[edit]

kneecap (plural kneecaps)

  1. The flat, roundish bone in the knee.

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Verb[edit]

kneecap (third-person singular simple present kneecaps, present participle kneecapping, simple past and past participle kneecapped)

  1. (transitive) To destroy the knees of (a person), usually by shooting at the knees, as a punishment carried out by criminals or terrorists.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This term is considered a misnomer by medical professionals because only a very small minority of victims suffer damage to the kneecap.

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