Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KNELT

Into the little parlor filed the nurses, and knelt, folding their tired hands.

She then returned to the mouth of the cave, and knelt down at Richard Digby's feet.

Miss Whitmore knelt and examined the cattle thief curiously.

Linda rushed to the boulder and knelt again, but she could get no response to her questions.

For some minutes he knelt motionless, as if in prayer, though no sound escaped him.

Enoch knelt beside him, and put his hand over the patient's heart.

Edward knelt at his bedside, and Bob, half laughing, followed his example.

You know that is not a humbug; you know He has heard you when you knelt down and prayed.

So she knelt down beside her bed, and prayed for her mother.

He hurried up to where it had stood, knelt, and felt of the soft earth.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cneowlian, from cneow (see knee (n.)); cf. Middle Low German knelen, Middle Dutch cnielen, Dutch knielen Gothic knussjan. Past tense knelt is a modern formation (19c.) on analogy of feel/felt, etc. Related: Kneeling.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.