knead [ni:d] v [T]
[: Old English; Origin: cnedan]
1.) to press a mixture of flour and water many times with your hands
Knead the dough for three minutes.
2.) to press someone's muscles many times to help cure pain or to help someone relax

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  • knead — knead; knead·able; knead·er; knead·ing·ly; knead·man; …   English syllables

  • Knead — (n[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kneaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Kneading}.] [OE. kneden, As. cnedan; akin to D. kneden, G. kneten, Sw. kn[*a]da, Icel. kno[eth]a; cf. OSlav. gnesti.] 1. To work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; esp., to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knead´er — knead «need», transitive verb. 1. to work over or work up (moist flour or clay), usually with the hands, into dough or paste: »Machines have been invented to knead bread dough. 2. a) to make or shape by kneading. b) Figurative. to blend, join, or …   Useful english dictionary

  • knead — knead, v. i. To perform movements like kneading, with the paws; said of cats, which may knead[3] a master s body when stroked, presumably a sign of contentment; as, a cat kneading and purring in his master s lap. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knead — (v.) O.E. cnedan to knead, from P.Gmc. *knedanan (Cf. O.S. knedan, M.Du. cneden, Du. kneden, O.H.G. knetan, Ger. kneten, O.N. knoða to knead ). Originally a strong verb (past tense cnæd, pp. cneden) …   Etymology dictionary

  • knead — [ nid ] verb transitive 1. ) to prepare DOUGH or clay by pressing it continuously: Knead the dough until smooth. 2. ) to rub or press someone s muscles hard …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • knead — [v] mix by pressing aerate, alter, blend, form, manipulate, massage, mold, ply, press, push, rub, shape, squeeze, stroke, twist, work; concepts 170,208 …   New thesaurus

  • knead — ► VERB 1) work (dough or clay) with the hands. 2) massage as if kneading. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • knead — [nēd] vt. [ME kneden < OE cnedan, akin to Ger kneten < IE * gnet , to press together < base * gen , to form into a ball, pinch, compress > KNOT1, KNOB] 1. to mix and work (dough, clay, etc.) into a pliable mass by folding over,… …   English World dictionary

  • knead — [[t]ni͟ːd[/t]] kneads, kneading, kneaded 1) VERB When you knead dough or other food, you press and squeeze it with your hands so that it becomes smooth and ready to cook. [V n] Lightly knead the mixture on a floured surface. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

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