Meaning of kneecap

knee•cap

Pronunciation: (nē'kap"), [key]
— n., v., -capped, -cap•ping.
—n.
  1. the patella.
  2. a protective covering, usually knitted, for the knee.
—v.t.
  1. to cripple (a person) by shooting in the knee: Terrorists were kneecapping prospective jurors.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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