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KNUCKLE (apparently the diminutive of...

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Originally appearing in Volume V15, Page 883 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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KNUCKLE (apparently the diminutive of a word for " bone," found in Ger. Knochen), the joint of a finger, which, when the hand is shut, is brought into prominence. In mechanical use the word is applied to the round projecting part of a hinge through which the pin is run, and in ship-building to an acute angle on some of the timbers. A " knuckle-duster," said to have originally cor.Ae from the criminal slang of the United States, is a brass or metal instrument fitting on to the hand across the knuckles, with projecting studs and used for inflicting a brutal blow.
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