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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Knight, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Knighting.] To dub or create (one) a knight; -- done in England by the sovereign only, who taps the kneeling candidate with a sword, saying: Rise, Sir ---.
 A soldier, by the honor-giving hand
 Of Cœur-de-Lion knighted in the field.   --Shak.