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Knock (noun)

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Knock n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. A sudden stroke; a blow.

    Some men never conceive how the motion of the earth should wave him from a knock perpendicularly directed from a body in the air above. Brown's Vulgar Err. b. vii.

    Ajax belabours there an harmless ox,
    And thinks that Agamemnon feels the knocks.

  2. A loud stroke at a door for admission.

    Guiscard, in his leathern frock,
    Stood ready, with his thrice-repeated knock:
    Thrice with a doleful sound the jarring grate
    Rung deaf and hollow.
    Dryden's Boccace.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (203) · Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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