(lb) Fastidious, particular; demanding a high standard of excellence, difficult to satisfy.
*1612 , , Proceedings of the English Colonie in Virginia , in Kupperman 1988, p.172:
*:But departing thence, when we found no houses, we were not curious in any weather, to lie 3 or 4 nights together upon any shore under the trees by a good fire.
*(Thomas Fuller) (1606-1661)
*:little curious in her clothes
Inquisitive; tending to ask questions, investigate, or explore.
Prompted by curiosity.
*1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , III.ix:
*:But he to shift their curious request, / Gan causen, why she could not come in place.
Unusual; odd; out of the ordinary; bizarre.
*:Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile?; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
(lb) Exhibiting care or nicety; artfully constructed; elaborate; wrought with elegance or skill.
*(Bible), (w) xxxv.32
*:to devise curious works
*(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
*:his body couched in a curious bed
In humans, the joint or the region of the joint in the middle part of the leg between the thigh and the shank.
In the horse and allied animals, the carpal joint, corresponding to the wrist in humans.
The part of a garment that covers the knee.
(shipbuilding) A piece of timber or metal formed with an angle somewhat in the shape of the human knee when bent.
* 1980 , Richard W. Unger, The Ship in the Medieval Economy 600-1600 , page 41
- Penny was wearing a miniskirt, so she skinned her exposed knees when she fell.
(archaic) An act of kneeling, especially to show respect or courtesy.
* circa'' 1605 , (William Shakepeare), ''(Timon of Athens) , Act III, scene iii,
- Deck beams were supported by hanging knees , triangular pieces of wood typically found underneath the timbers they are designed to support, but in this case found above them.
- Give them title, knee , and approbation.
Any knee-shaped item or sharp angle in a line, "the knee of a graph", an inflection point.
A blow made with the knee; a kneeing.
- To make a knee .
* down on one's knees
(archaic) To kneel to.
* 1605': I could as well be brought / To '''knee his throne and, squire-like, pension beg / To keep base life afoot. — William Shakespeare, ''King Lear II.ii
To poke or strike with the knee.