kneecap


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

kneecap \knee"cap`\, n.
   1. (Anat.) A roundish, flattened, sesamoid bone in the tendon
      in front of the knee joint; the patella; the kneepan.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. A cap or protection for the knee.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

kneecap \knee"cap\ v. t.
   to break the knees of, especially by shooting in the kneecap;
   -- often done by criminal or terrorist groups as a warning or
   punishment.

   Note:

   Syn: knee-cap.
        [WordNet 1.5]
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