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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kneel \Kneel\ (n[=e]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knelt (n[e^]lt) or Kneeled (n[=e]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Kneeling.] [OE. knelen, cneolien; akin to D. knielen, Dan. kn[ae]le. See Knee.] To bend the knee; to fall or rest on the knees; -- sometimes with down. [1913 Webster] Note: The act of kneeling, when performed in front of a person, is often done as a sign of respect, humility, or supplication. It has a similar significance when performed in front of religious objects, such as an altar or shrine. [PJC] And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. --Acts vii. 60. [1913 Webster] As soon as you are dressed, kneel and say the Lord's Prayer. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]