1. an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger

    Synonyms : pommel
    Type Of : decoration, ornamentation, ornament
  2. any thickened enlargement

    Synonyms : node, thickening
    Type Of : convex shape, convexity
  3. a circular rounded projection or protuberance

    Synonyms : boss
    Type Of : projection
  4. a round handle

    Type Of : hold, handle, handgrip, grip


  1. a vigorous blow

    Synonyms : bang, bash, belt, smash
    Type Of : bump, blow
    Examples :
    • the sudden knock floored him
  2. the act of hitting vigorously

    Synonyms : belt, rap, whack, whang
    Type Of : blow
  3. find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

    Synonyms : criticise, criticize, pick apart
    Type Of : notice, comment, point out, remark
    Examples :
    • Don't knock the food--it's free
  4. deliver a sharp blow or push

    Synonyms : strike hard
    Type Of : strike
    Examples :
    • He knocked the glass clear across the room
  5. knock against with force or violence

    Synonyms : bump
    Type Of : impinge on, strike, run into, hit, collide with
  6. make light, repeated taps on a surface

    Synonyms : pink, rap, tap
    Type Of : sound, go
  7. the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing)

    Synonyms : knocking
    Type Of : sound
    Examples :
    • the knocking grew louder
  8. sound like a car engine that is firing too early

    Synonyms : ping, pink
    Type Of : go, sound
  9. negative criticism

    Synonyms : roast
    Type Of : critique, criticism
  10. a bad experience

    Type Of : misfortune, bad luck
    Examples :
    • the school of hard knocks
  11. rap with the knuckles

    Type Of : rap, knap
    Examples :
    • knock on the door


  1. small area set off by walls for special use

    Synonyms : booth, cubicle, stall
    Type Of : closet


  1. (of hair) neat and tidy

    Synonyms : tidy
    Examples :
    • a nicely kempt beard


  1. a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes

    Type Of : form, pattern, shape
  2. an optical toy in a tube; it produces symmetrical patterns as bits of colored glass are reflected by mirrors

    Type Of : plaything, toy

know nothing

  1. an ignorant person

    Synonyms : ignoramus, uneducated person
    Type Of : unskilled person

kidney beans

  1. the common bean plant grown for the beans rather than the pods (especially a variety with large red kidney-shaped beans)

    Synonyms : frijol, frijole
    Type Of : common bean, common bean plant, phaseolus vulgaris
  2. large dark red bean; usually dried

    Type Of : common bean


  1. in a keen or penetrating way

    Synonyms : acutely
    Examples :
    • he was keenly aware of his own shortcomings


  1. shrimp-like planktonic crustaceans; major source of food for e.g. baleen whales

    Type Of : malacostracan crustacean


  1. of or relating to kinesthesis

    Synonyms : kinaesthetic