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From Middle English kneden, from Old English cnedan, from Proto-West Germanic *knedan, from Proto-Germanic *knudaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gnet- (to press together).

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knead (third-person singular simple present kneads, present participle kneading, simple past kneaded or (obsolete) knead, past participle kneaded or (archaic) kneaden or (obsolete) knodden)

  1. (transitive) To work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; especially, to work, as by repeated pressure with the knuckles, into a well mixed mass, the materials of bread, cake, etc.
    • 2001, Özcan Ozan, Carl Tremblay, The Sultan's Kitchen: A Turkish Cookbook:
      Knead the dough by pressing down on it with the heels of both your palms and pushing it forward to stretch it, then pulling it back toward you...
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To treat or form as if by kneading; to beat.
  3. (intransitive, felinology) Of cats, to make an alternating pressing motion with the two front paws.
    • 1991, Grace McHattie, That's cats!: a compendium of feline facts:
      Cats knead with their paws when happy, just as they kneaded when feeding from their mothers as kittens.
    • 2001, John C. Wright, Judi Wright Lashnits, Ain't Misbehavin', Rodale, →ISBN, page 44:
      One of the most characteristic things that cats do is ”knead,” pushing their paws alternately against any invitingly soft area of their human friends' bodies like a baker kneading dough.
    • 2012, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Cat Lover's Companion[1], Simon and Schuster, →ISBN:
      Why do cats knead? When kittens are nursing, they knead against their mothers' bellies to draw out milk. A relaxed adult cat kneads your leg or a couch cushion to show that he's happy and content, as he was when he was a nursing baby.
  4. (transitive) To mix thoroughly; form into a homogeneous compound.

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knead (plural kneads)

  1. The act of kneading something.
    • 2011, Andrew Whitley, Bread Matters:
      Do not expect the dough to be very manageable even after a good knead.

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