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knead

Syllabification: knead
Pronunciation: /nēd
 
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Definition of knead in English:

verb

[with object]
1Work (moistened flour or clay) into dough or paste with the hands.
Example sentences
  • Transfer to a medium mixing-bowl, and add in the flour progressively, kneading the dough until it is no longer sticky and can be rolled into a ball.
  • Dust your counter with flour and knead the dough a few times.
  • Gently knead ingredients together by hand until dough is uniform but not sticky.
1.1Make (bread or pottery) by kneading flour or clay.
Example sentences
  • Whatever political correctness may say on the subject, kneading bread is undoubtedly women's work.
  • Mother didn't appear the least upset, and continued to knead the bread.
1.2Massage or squeeze with the hands: she kneaded his back
More example sentences
  • Some of our co-passengers would head for the spa where the expert masseuse would knead their knotted muscles.
  • During the Watsu treatment, you float in the arms of your massage therapist, who kneads your muscles and stretches your arms and legs.
  • He released Bono's hands, starting in again on his fingers, massaging and kneading the aching flesh.

Origin

Old English cnedan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kneden and German kneten.

Derivatives

kneadable

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Wheat gluten can be extracted from wheat flour by adding sufficient water to make a kneadable dough which is then washed with a stream of cold water.

kneader

2
noun
Example sentences
  • The word ‘lord’ is derived from the Old English hlaford, meaning ‘keeper of the bread’, i.e. master of the household. ‘Lady’ comes from hlaefdigge, meaning ‘kneader of the dough’.
  • Only a handful of women were connected to their work, including one barber, one unskilled tailor, one bread kneader, a buyer, two millers, and a couple of servants.

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