1. 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, as the materials of bread, cake, etc.; as, to knead dough. The kneading, the making of the cake, the heating of the oven, and the baking. (Shak)
2. To treat or form as by kneading; to beat. I will knead him: ill make him supple. (Shak) Kneading trough, a trough or tray in which dough is kneaded.
Origin: oe. Kneden, as. Cnedan; akin to D. Kneden, g. Kneten, Sw. Knda, Icel. Knoa; cf. OSlav.gnesti.