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K
K, (kā), the eleventh letter of the English alphabet, is nonvocal consonant. The form and sound of the letter K are from the Latin, which used the letter but little except in the early period of the language. It came into the Latin from the Greek, which received it from a Phœnician source, the ultimate origin probably being Egyptian. Etymologically K is most nearly related to c, g, h (which see).

In many words of one syllable k is used after c, as in crack, check, deck, being necessary to exhibit a correct pronunciation in the derivatives, cracked, checked, decked, cracking; since without it, c, before the vowels e and i, would be sounded like s. Formerly, k was added to c in certain words of Latin origin, as in musick, publick, republick; but now it is omitted.
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See Guide to Pronunciation , §§ 240, 178, 179, 185.
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K2
K2 n. A mountain in Northern Kashmir; it is one of the highest in the world, 28,250 feet high.
Syn. -- Godwin Austen, Dapsang.
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Ka
Ka prop. n. (Hinduism) An unknown god; an epithet of Prajapati and Brahma.
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ka
ka n. (Ancient Egyptian Religion) A spiritual aspect of the individual, living within the body during life, and surviving the body after death. It was believed to be one of two spirits inhabiting the body, the other being the ba, which deserts teh body at death.
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Kaaba
Ka*a"ba (k&adot_;*ā"b&adot_;), prop. n. [Ar. ka'bah, lit., a square building, fr. ka'b cube.] The small and nearly cubical stone building, in the court of the Great Mosque at Mecca, toward which all Muslims must pray. It contains a sacred black stone, believed by Muslims to be one of the precious stones of paradise, and to have been brought to Abraham when he was contructing the Kaaba, by the Angel Gabriel. The Kaaba itself predates Mohammed, having been a pantheon which contained Arab idols, which were destroyed by Mohammed. [Written also caaba, kaabeh and kaabah.]
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Kaama
Kaa"ma (?), n. (Zool.) The hartbeest.
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Kabala
Kab"a*la (?), n. See Cabala.
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Kabassou
Ka*bas"sou (?), n. (Zool.) See Cabassou.
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Kabob
Ka*bob" (?), n. & v. t. See Cabob, n. & v. t.
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Kabook
Ka*book" (?), n. (min.) A clay ironstone found in Ceylon.
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Kabyle
Ka*byle" (?), n. [Ar. qabīla.] (Ethnol.) A Berber, as in Algiers or Tunis. See Berber.
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Kadder
Kad"der (?), n. [Cf. Caddow.] (Zool.) The jackdaw.

Kadiaster
Kadi
{ Ka"di (?), Ka`di*as"ter (?), } n. A Turkish judge. See Cadi.
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Kafal
Ka*fal" (?), n. (Bot.) The Arabian name of two trees of the genus Balsamodendron, which yield a gum resin and a red aromatic wood.

Kafir
Kaffir
{ Kaf"fir (kăf"f&etilde_;r), Ka"fir (kä"f&etilde_;r), } n. [Ar. kāfir infidel, pagan, fr. kafara to be skeptical in religious matters; -- a name given to certain infidel races by the Muslims. Cf. Giaour.] 1. (Ethnol.) (a) One of a race which, with the Hottentots and Bushmen, inhabit South Africa. They inhabit the country north of Cape Colony, the name being now specifically applied to the tribes living between Cape Colony and Natal, including the Ponda, Xosa, and Tembu; but the Zulus of Natal are true Kaffirs. (b) One of a race inhabiting Kafiristan in Central Asia. [Spelt also Caffre.]
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2. Any Black African; -- a disparaging and offensive term used by white South Africans. [South Africa]
Syn. -- kaffir, caffer, caffre.
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Kaffir corn (Bot.), a Cape Colony name for Indian millet.
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Kaffle
Kaf"fle (?), n. See Coffle.
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Kafilah
Ka"fi*lah (?), n. See Cafila.
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kafir
kafir n. Same as Kaffir. [South Africa]
Syn. -- kaffir, caffer, caffre.
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Kafka
Kafka prop. n. Franz Kafka, a writer, b. 1883, d. 1924.
Syn. -- Franz Kafka.
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Kafkaesque
Kafkaesque prop. a. [fr. Franz Kafka, novelist; especially from his novels such as "The Trial".] Frightening, threating, and bewildering in a vague and unexplicable way; -- of situations or regulations. Often used to describe illogical bureaucratic entanglements with no reasonable solution.
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Kaftan
Kaf"tan (?), n. & v. See Caftan.
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Kage
Kage (?), n. A chantry chapel inclosed with lattice or screen work.
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Kagu
Ka"gu (?), n. (Zool.) A singular, crested, grallatorial bird (Rhinochetos jubatus), native of New Caledonia. It is gray above, paler beneath, and the feathers of the wings and tail are handsomely barred with brown, black, and gray. It is allied to the sun bittern.
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Kaguan
Ka`gu*an" (?), n. (Zool.) The colugo.
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Kahani
Ka"ha"ni (?), n. A kind of notary public, or attorney, in the Levant.
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Kahau
Ka*hau" (?), n. [Native name, from its cry.] (Zool.) A long-nosed monkey (Nasalis larvatus, formerly Semnopithecus nasalis), native of Borneo. The general color of the body is bright chestnut, with the under parts, shoulders, and sides of the head, golden yellow, and the top of the head and upper part of the back brown. Called also proboscis monkey. It is now an endangered species. [Written also kaha.]
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Kail
Kail (?), n. 1. (Bot.) A kind of headless cabbage. Same as Kale, 1.
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2. Any cabbage, greens, or vegetables. [OE. or Scot.]
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3. A broth made with kail or other vegetables; hence, any broth; also, a dinner. [Scot.]
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Kail yard, a kitchen garden. [Scot.]
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Kaimacam
Kai`ma*cam" (?), n. Same as Caimacam.
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Kain
Kain (?), n. (Scots Law) Poultry, etc., required by the lease to be paid in kind by a tenant to his landlord. Wharton (Law Dict.).
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Kainit
Kai"nit (?), n. [Trade name, fr. kainite.] Salts of potassium used in the manufacture of fertilizers.
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Kainite
Kai"nite (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; recent.] (Min.) A compound salt consisting chiefly of potassium chloride and magnesium sulphate, occurring at the Stassfurt salt mines in Prussian Saxony.
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Kainozoic
Kai`no*zo"ic (?), a. See Cenozoic.
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Kaique
Ka*ique" (?), n. (Naut.) See Caique.
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Kairine
Kai"rine (?), n. (Chem.) A pale buff or white crystalline alkaloid derived from quinoline, and used as an antipyretic in medicine.
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Kairoline
Kai`ro*line (?), n. (Chem.) An organic base obtained from quinoline. It is used as a febrifuge, and resembles kairine.
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Kaiser
Kai"ser (?), n. [Gr., fr. L. Caesar. Cf. Kesar, and Czar.] The ancient title of emperors of Germany assumed by King William of Prussia when crowned sovereign of the new German empire in 1871.
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Kaka
Ka"ka (?), n. [Maori kaka a parrot; -- so named from its note.] (Zool.) A New Zealand parrot of the genus Nestor, especially the brown parrot (Nestor meridionalis).
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&hand_; The mountain kaka, or kea (Nestor notabilis), is remarkable for having recently acquired carnivorous habits. It attacks and kills lambs and pigs, sometimes doing great damage.
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Night kaka. (Zool.) The kakapo.
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Kakapo
Ka`ka*po" (?), n. (Zool.) A singular nocturnal parrot (Strigops habroptilus), native of New Zealand. It lives in holes during the day, but is active at night. It resembles an owl in its colors and general appearance. It has large wings, but can fly only a short distance. Called also owl parrot, night parrot, and night kaka.
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Kakaralli
Kak`a*ral"li (?), n. A kind of wood common in Demerara, durable in salt water, because not subject to the depredations of the sea worm and barnacle.
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Kakistocracy
Kak`is*toc"ra*cy (kăk`&ibreve_;s*t&obreve_;k"r&adot_;*s&ybreve_;), n. [Gr. ka`kistos worst + kratei^n to rule.] Government by the worst men.
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Kakoxene
Ka*kox"ene (?), n. See Cacoxene.
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Kalahari
Kalahari prop. n. A desert in Southwestern Africa, most of which is located in the country of Botswana.
Syn. -- Kalahari Desert.
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Kalan
Ka*lan" (?), n. (Zool.) The sea otter.
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kalantas
kalantas n. A Philippine timber tree (Toona calantas or Cedrela calantas) having hard red fragrant wood.
Syn. -- Philippine mahogany, Philippine cedar, Toona calantas, Cedrela calantas.
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Kalasie
Ka`la*sie" (?), n. (Zool.) A long-tailed monkey of Borneo (Semnopithecus rubicundus). It has a tuft of long hair on the head.
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Kale
Kale (?), n. [Scot. kale, kail, cale, colewort, Gael. cael; akin to Ir. cal, W. cawl, Armor. kaol. See Cole.]
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1. (Bot.) A variety of cabbage in which the leaves do not form a head, being nearly the original or wild form of the species. [Written also kail, and cale.]
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2. See Kail, 2.
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Sea kale (Bot.), a European cruciferous herb (Crambe maritima), often used as a pot herb; sea cabbage.
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Kaleege
Ka*leege" (?), n. (Zool.) One of several species of large, crested, Asiatic pheasants, belonging to the genus Euplocamus, and allied to the firebacks.

Kaleidophone
Kaleidophon
{ Ka*lei"do*phon (?), Ka*lei"do*phone (?), } [Gr. &unr_; beautiful + &unr_; appearance, form + &unr_; sound.] (Physics.) An instrument invented by Professor Wheatstone, consisting of a reflecting knob at the end of a vibrating rod or thin plate, for making visible, in the motion of a point of light reflected from the knob, the paths or curves corresponding with the musical notes produced by the vibrations.
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Kaleidoscope
Ka*lei"do*scope (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; beautiful + e'i^dos form + -scope.] An instrument invented by Sir David Brewster, which contains loose fragments of colored glass, etc., and reflecting surfaces so arranged that changes of position exhibit its contents in an endless variety of beautiful colors and symmetrical forms. It has been much employed in arts of design.
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Shifting like the fragments of colored glass in the kaleidoscope. G. W. Cable.

Kaleidoscopical
Kaleidoscopic
{ Ka*lei`do*scop"ic (?), Ka*lei`do*scop"ic*al (?), } a. Of, pertaining to, or formed by, a kaleidoscope; variegated.
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Kalendar
Kal"en*dar (?), n. See Calendar.
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Kalendarial
Kal`en*da"ri*al (?), a. See Calendarial.
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Kalender
Kal"en*der (?), n. See 3d Calender.
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Kalends
Kal"ends (?), n. Same as Calends.
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Kali
Ka"li (?), n. [Skr. kali.] (Hind. Cosmog.) The last and worst of the four ages of the world; -- considered to have begun B. C. 3102, and to last 432,000 years.
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Kali
Ka"li, prop. n. [Skr. kālī.] (Hind. Myth.) The black, destroying goddess; -- called also Doorga, Anna Purna.
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Kali
Ka"li (?), n. [Ar. qali. See Alkali.] (Bot.) The glasswort (Salsola Kali).
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kalian
kalian n. A pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water. See also hookah.
Syn. -- hookah, hubble-bubble, narghile, water pipe.
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Kalif
Ka"lif (?), n. See Caliph.
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Kaliform
Ka"li*form (?), a. [Kali + -form.] Formed like kali, or glasswort.
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Kaligenous
Ka*lig"e*nous (?), a. [Kali + -genous. See Alkali.] Forming alkalies with oxygen, as some metals.
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Kalium
Ka"li*um (?), n. [NL. See Kali.] (Chem.) Potassium; -- so called by the German chemists.
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Kalki
Kal"ki (?), n. [Skr.] The name of Vishnu in his tenth and last avatar. Whitworth.
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Kalmia
Kal"mi*a (?), n. [NL. Named in honor of Peter Kalm, a Swedish botanist.] (Bot.) A genus of North American shrubs with poisonous evergreen foliage and corymbs of showy flowers. Called also mountain laurel, ivy bush, lamb kill, calico bush, etc.
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Kalmuck
Kal"muck (?), n. 1. pl. (Ethnol.) See Calmucks.
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2. A kind of shaggy cloth, resembling bearskin.
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3. A coarse, dyed, cotton cloth, made in Prussia.
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Kalong
Ka*long" (?), n. (Zool.) A fruit bat, esp. the Indian edible fruit bat (Pteropus edulis).
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Kaloyer
Ka*loy"er (?), n. See Caloyer.
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Kalpa
Kal"pa (?), n. [Skr.] (Hind. Myth.) One of the Brahmanic eons, a period of 4,320,000,000 years. At the end of each Kalpa the world is annihilated.
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Kalsomine
Kal"so*mine (?), n. & v. t. Same as Calcimine.
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Kam
Kam (?), a. [From Celtic; cf. Gael., Ir., & W. cam. Cf. Jamb, n.] Crooked; awry. [Obs.] “This is clean kam.” Shak.
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Kama
Ka"ma (kä"mä), n. [Skr. kāma love, the god of love.] 1. The Hindu Cupid. He is represented as a beautiful youth, with a bow of sugar cane or flowers.
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2. Desire; animal passion; -- supposed to create the ka"ma ru"pa (r&oomacr_;p&adot_;) [Skr. rūpa shape, image], a kind of simulacrum or astral likeness of a man which exists after his death in an invisible plane of being, called ka"ma lo"ca (lō"k&adot_;) [Skr. lōka space, world], until the impulses which created it are exhausted and it finally fades away.
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Kamala
Ka*ma"la (?), n. (Bot.) The red dusty hairs of the capsules of an East Indian tree (Mallotus Philippinensis) used for dyeing silk. It is violently emetic, and is used in the treatment of tapeworm. [Written also kameela.]
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Kame
Kame (?), n. A low ridge. [Scot.] See Eschar.
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Kamet
Kamet prop. n. A mountain in India and Tibet, 25,447 feet high. [proper name]
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Kami
Ka"mi (?), n. pl. [Japanese, god.] A title given to the celestial gods of the first mythical dynasty of Japan and extended to the demigods of the second dynasty, and then to the long line of spiritual princes still represented by the mikado.
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Kamichi
Ka"mi*chi (?), n. (Zool.) A curious South American bird (Anhima or Palamedea cornuta), often domesticated by the natives and kept with poultry, which it defends against birds of prey. It has a long, slender, hornlike ornament on its head, and two sharp spurs on each wing. Although its beak, feet, and legs resemble those of gallinaceous birds, it is related in anatomical characters to the ducks and geese (Anseres). Called also horned screamer. The name is sometimes applied also to the chaja. See Chaja, and Screamer.
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Kamptulicon
Kamp*tu"li*con (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; to bend + &unr_; material, fr. &unr_; wood, matter.] A kind of elastic floor cloth, made of India rubber, gutta-percha, linseed oil, and powdered cork.
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Kampylite
Kam"py*lite (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; bent, curved, fr. &unr_; to bend.] (Min.) A variety of mimetite or arseniate of lead in hexagonal prisms of a fine orange yellow. [Written also campylite.]

Khamsin
Kamsin
{ Kam*sin", Kham*sin" } (?), n. [Ar. khamsīn, fr. khamsūn, oblique case khamsīn, fifty; -- so called because it blows for about fifty days, from April till June.] A hot southwesterly wind in Egypt, coming from the Sahara. [Written also Khamseen.]
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Kamtschadales
Kam"tscha*dales (?), n. pl. [from the older spelling Kamtschatka for Kamchatka.] (Ethnol.) An aboriginal tribe inhabiting the southern part of the Kamchatka peninsula; called also Kamchadals and Itelmen.
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Kan
Kan (?), v. t. To know; to ken. [Obs.] See Ken.
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Kan
Kan (?), n. See Khan.

Kanaka
Kanacka
{ Ka*nack"a (?), Ka*na"ka (?), } n. [Native name, prop., a man.] A native of the Sandwich Islands.
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Kanawha
Kanawha prop. n. The Kanawha River, a tributary of the Ohio River.
Syn. -- Kanawha River.
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kanchil
kan"chil (?), n. [Malay canchīl.] (Zool.) A small chevrotain of the genus Tragulus, esp. Tragulus pygmæus, or Tragulus kanchil, inhabiting Java, Sumatra, and adjacent islands; a deerlet. It is noted for its agility and cunning.
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Kanchanjanga
Kanchanjanga prop. n. same as Kanchenjunga.
Syn. -- Kanchenjunga, Kinchinjunga.
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Kanchenjunga
Kanchenjunga prop. n. A mountain in India and Nepal, 28,146 feet high. [proper name]
Syn. -- Kanchanjanga, Kinchinjunga.
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kand
kand (?), n. (Mining) Fluor spar; -- so called by Cornish miners.
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kangaroo
kan"ga*roo" (?), n. [Said to be the native name.] (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of jumping marsupials of the family Macropodidæ. They inhabit Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, They have long and strong hind legs and a large tail, while the fore legs are comparatively short and feeble. The giant kangaroo (Macropus major) is the largest species, sometimes becoming twelve or fourteen feet in total length. The tree kangaroos, belonging to the genus Dendrolagus, live in trees; the rock kangaroos, of the genus Petrogale, inhabit rocky situations; and the brush kangaroos, of the genus Halmaturus, inhabit wooded districts. See Wallaby.
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Kangaroo apple (Bot.), the edible fruit of the Tasmanian plant Solanum aviculare. -- Kangaroo grass (Bot.), a perennial Australian forage grass (Anthistiria australis). -- Kangaroo hare (Zool.), the jerboa kangaroo. See under Jerboa. -- Kangaroo mouse. (Zool.) See Jumping mouse, under Jumping.
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kangaroo rat
kangaroo rat n. (Zool.) A jumping rodent of the genus Dipodomys of the family Heteromyidae, which lives in arid regions of Mexico and the western U. S.
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2. (Zool.) An Australian mammal of the genus Notomys.
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3. (Zool.) a small ratlike Australian kangaroo of the genus Potorous, also called the potoroo.
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kangaroo's-foot
kangaroo's-foot n. A sedgelike spring-flowering herb (Anigozanthus manglesii) of Australia, having clustered flowers covered with woolly hairs.
Syn. -- kangaroo paw, kangaroo-foot plant, Australian sword lily, Anigozanthus manglesii.
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Kansan
Kansan prop. a. of or pertaining to Kansas.
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Kansan
Kansan prop. n. a resident of Kansas.
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Kansas
Kan"sas (?), prop. n. A state of the central United States, bordering the Mississippi River to the west.
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Kansas
Kan"sas (?), prop. n. pl. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians allied to the Winnebagoes and Osages. They formerly inhabited the region which is now the State of Kansas, but were removed to the Indian Territory.
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Kant
Kant prop. n. Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher (1724-1804).
Syn. -- Immanuel Kant.
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Kantian
Kant"i*an (?), a. Of or pertaining to Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher; conformed or relating to any or all of the philosophical doctrines of Immanuel Kant.
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Kantian
Kant"i*an, n. A follower of Kant; a Kantist.

Kantism
Kantianism
{ Kant"i*an*ism, Kant"ism } (?), n. The doctrine or theory of Kant; the Kantian philosophy.
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Kantist
Kant"ist n. A disciple or follower of Kant.
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Kanttry
Kant"try (?), n. Same as Cantred.

Kaoline
Kaolin
{ Ka"o*lin, Ka"o*line } (?), n. [Chin. kao-ling.] (Min.) A very pure white clay, ordinarily in the form of an impalpable powder, and used to form the paste of porcelain; China clay; porcelain clay. It is chiefly derived from the decomposition of common feldspar.
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&hand_; The name is now applied to all porcelain clays which endure the fire without discoloration.
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Kaolinization
Ka`o*lin`i*za"tion (?), n. The process by which feldspar is changed into kaolin.
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Kaolinize
Ka"o*lin*ize (?), v. t. To convert into kaolin.
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Kapelle
Ka*pel"le (?), n. [G.] (Mus.) A chapel; hence, the choir or orchestra of a prince's chapel; now, a musical establishment, usually orchestral. Grove.
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Kapellmeister
Ka*pell"meis`ter (?), n. [G.] (Mus.) See Capellmeister.
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Kapia
Ka"pi*a (?), n. [Native name.] (Min.) The fossil resin of the kauri tree of New Zealand.
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Kapnomar
Kap"no*mar (?), n. (Chem.) See Capnomor.
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Kapok
Ka*pok" (?), n. [Prob. fr. the native name.] (Bot.) A silky wool derived from the seeds of Ceiba pentandra (syn. Eriodendron anfractuosum), a bombaceous tree of the East and West Indies.
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Karagane
Kar"a*gane (?), n. [Russ. karagan'] (Zool.) A species of gray fox found in Russia.
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Karaism
Ka"ra*ism (?), n. Doctrines of the Karaites.
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Karaite
Ka"ra*ite (?), n. [Heb. qārā to read.] (Eccl. Hist.) A sect of Jews who adhere closely to the letter of the Scriptures, rejecting the oral law, and allowing the Talmud no binding authority; -- opposed to the Rabbinists.
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Karakul
Ka`ra*kul" (?), prop. n. [Russ. karakul' curly fleece of Bokhara and Khiva sheep.] 1. A type of Astrakhan, esp. in fine grades, obtained from the Karakul sheep. See sense 2 and cf. Caracul.
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2. A hardy coarse-haired sheep of central Asia, bearing a soft curly fleece that is black in the young lambs, but which grows brown or gray when adult; the lambs are valued for their soft curly black fur. [wns=1]
Syn. -- broadtail, caracul.
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3. A large lake in the Pamirs of Central Asia, lying 13,200 feet above sea level.
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Karat
Karat n. the unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy; 18-karat gold is 75 2.122e-314old; 24-karat gold is pure gold.
Syn. -- carat.
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Karatas
Ka*ra"tas (?), n. (Bot.) A West Indian plant of the Pineapple family (Nidularium Karatas).
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karate
ka*ra"te (kä*rä"t&auptack_;) n. [Japanese, empty hand.] a traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat; sharp blows and kicks are given to pressure-sensitive points on the body of the opponent.
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Karenic
Karen
Karen, Karenic n. A language spoken in the Thai-Burmese borderlands.
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Karma
Kar"ma (?), n. [Skr.] 1. (Buddhism, Hinduism) One's acts considered as fixing one's lot in the future existence.
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2. (Theos.) The doctrine of fate as the inflexible result of cause and effect, especially the principle by which a person is rewarded or punished in a subsequent incarnation for deeds in the previous incarnation; the theory of inevitable consequence.
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3. One's destiny; fate.
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4. (Mysticism) The supposed non-physical emanations that a person gives off, which may affect other people; vibrations.
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Karmathian
Kar*ma"thi*an (?), n. One of an Islamic sect founded in the ninth century by Karmat.
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Karn
Karn (?), n. [Cornish. Cf. Cairn.] (Mining) A pile of rocks; sometimes, the solid rock. See Cairn.
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Karob
Ka"rob (?), n. [Cf. Carat.] The twenty-fourth part of a grain; -- a weight used by goldsmiths. Crabb.
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Kaross
Ka*ross" (?), n. [Native name.] A native garment or rug of skin sewed together in the form of a square. [South Africa]

The wants of a native . . . are confined to a kaross (skin cloak) or some pieces of cotton cloth. James Bryce.
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Karpholite
Kar"pho*lite (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; rice straw + -lite: cf. F. carpholithe.] (Min.) A fibrous mineral occurring in tufts of a straw-yellow color. It is a hydrous silicate of alumina and manganese.
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Karroo
Kar*roo" (k&adot_;r*r&oomacr_;"), n.; pl. Karroos (k&adot_;r*r&oomacr_;z"). One of the dry table-lands of South Africa, which often rise terracelike to considerable elevations. [Also karoo.]
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The Great Karroo, or The Karroo, a vast plateau, in Cape Colony, stretching through five degrees of longitude, at an elevation of about 3,000 feet.
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Karstenite
Kar"sten*ite (?), n. Same as Anhydrite.
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Karvel
Kar"vel (?), n. [Obs.] See Carvel, and Caravel.
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Karyokinesis
Kar"y*o*ki*ne`sis (kăr`&ibreve_;*&ouptack_;*k&iuptack_;*nē"s&ibreve_;s), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ka`ryon a nut, kernel + kinei^n to move.] 1. (Biol.) The indirect division of cells in which, prior to division of the cell protoplasm, complicated changes take place in the nucleus, attended with movement of the nuclear fibrils; -- opposed to karyostenosis. The nucleus becomes enlarged and convoluted, and finally the threads are separated into two groups which ultimately become disconnected and constitute the daughter nuclei. Called also mitosis. See Cell development, under Cell.
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2. The changes that occur in the nucleus of a cell, especially movements of the chromosomes, in the process of cell division.
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Karyokinetic
Kar`y*o*ki*net"ic (kăr`&ibreve_;*&ouptack_;*k&iuptack_;*n&ebreve_;t"&ibreve_;k), a. (Biol.) Of or pertaining to karyokinesis; as, karyokinetic changes of cell division.
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Karyomiton
Kar`y*om"i*ton (kăr`&ibreve_;*&obreve_;m"&ibreve_;*t&obreve_;n), n. [NL., Gr. ka`ryon a nut + mi`tos a thread.] (Biol.) The reticular network of fine fibers, of which the nucleus of a cell is in part composed; -- in opposition to kytomiton, or the network in the body of the cell. W. Flemming.
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karyoplasma
karyoplasm
kar`y*o*plas"m (kăr`&ibreve_;*&ouptack_;*plăz"'m), kar`y*o*plas"ma (kăr`&ibreve_;*&ouptack_;*plăz"m&adot_;), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ka`ryon a nut + pla`sma a thing molded.] (Biol.) The protoplasmic substance of the nucleus of a cell; nucleoplasm; -- in opposition to cytoplasm, the protoplasm of the cell.
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Karyostenosis
Kar`y*o*ste*no"sis (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ka`ryon a nut, kernel + &unr_; a being straitened.] (Biol.) Direct cell division (in which there is first a simple division of the nucleus, without any changes in its structure, followed by division of the protoplasm of the cell); -- in opposition to karyokinesis.
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Karyostenotic
Kar`y*o*ste*not"ic (?), a. (Biol.) Pertaining to, or connected with, karyostenosis; as, the karyostenotic mode of nuclear division.
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Kasack
Ka*sack" (kăt), n. (Ethnol.) Same as Cossack.
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Kat
Kat (kät), n. (Bot.) An Arabian shrub (Catha edulis) the leaves of which are used as tea by the Arabs.
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katabolic
kat`a*bol"ic (?), a. (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to catabolism; same as catabolic.
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Katabolism
Ka*tab"o*lism (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; down + &unr_; to throw.] (Physiol.) Destructive or downward metabolism; regressive metamorphism; same as catabolism (now the more common spelling); -- opposed to anabolism. See Disassimilation.
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Katastate
Kat"a*state (?), n. [Gr. (&unr_;) down + (&unr_;) to cause to stand.] (Physiol.) A substance formed by a catabolic process; -- opposed to anastate. See catabolic.
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Kate
Kate (?), n. (Zool.) The brambling finch.
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katharsis
katharsis n. purging of emotional tensions; -- usually spelled catharsis.
Syn. -- catharsis, abreaction.
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Kathetal
Kath"e*tal (?), a. [Gr. &unr_; a perpendicular line. See Cathetus.] (Math.) Making a right angle; perpendicular, as two lines or two sides of a triangle, which include a right angle.
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Kathetometer
Kath`e*tom"e*ter (?), n. Same as Cathetometer.
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Katsuwonidae
Katsuwonidae prop. n. A natural family of fish which in some classifications is considered a separate family comprising the oceanic bonitos.
Syn. -- family Kasuwonidae.
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Katsuwonus
Katsuwonus prop. n. A genus of oceanic bonitos; in some classifications it is placed in its own family Katsuwonidae.
Syn. -- genus Katsuwonus.
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Kattimundoo
Kat`ti*mun"doo (?), n. A caoutchouc-like substance obtained from the milky juice of the East Indian Euphorbia Kattimundoo. It is used as a cement.
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Katydid
Ka"ty*did` (?), n. (Zool.) A large, green, arboreal, orthopterous insect (Cyrtophyllus concavus) of the family Locustidæ, common in the United States. The males have stridulating organs at the bases of the front wings. During the summer and autumn, in the evening, the males make a peculiar, loud, shrill sound, resembling the combination Katy-did, whence the name.
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Kauri
Ka"u*ri (?), n. [Native name.] (Bot.) A tall coniferous tree of New Zealand Agathis australis, or Dammara australis), having white straight-grained wood furnishing valuable timber and also yielding one kind of dammar resin. [Written also kaudi, kaury, cowdie, and cowrie.]
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Kauri
Kau"ri (?), n. (a) Kauri resin. (b) By extension, any of various species of Dammara; as, the red kauri (Dammara lanceolata).
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Kauri copal
Kauri gum
Kauri resin
{ Kauri resin, Kauri gum, or Kauri copal }. A resinous product of the kauri, found in the form of yellow or brown lumps in the ground where the trees have grown. It is used for making varnish, and as a substitute for amber.
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kaury
kaury n. Same as kauri.
Syn. -- kauri, Agathis australis.
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Kava
Ka"va (?), n. [Polynesian.] (Bot.) A species of Macropiper (Macropiper methysticum), the long pepper, from the root of which an intoxicating beverage is made by the Polynesians, by a process of mastication; also, the beverage itself. [Written also kawa, kava, and ava.]
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Kavass
Ka*vass" (?), n.; pl. Kavasses (#) [Turk. kāvvās] An armed constable; also, a government servant or courier. [Turkey]
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Kaw
Kaw (?), v. i. & n. See Caw.
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Kawaka
Ka*wa"ka (?), n. (Bot.) a New Zealand tree, the Cypress cedar (Libocedrus Doniana), having a valuable, fine-grained, reddish wood.
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Kawn
Kawn (?), n. An inn. [Turkey] See Khan.
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Kayak
Kay"ak (?), n. (Naut.) A light canoe, made of skins stretched over a frame, and usually capable of carrying but one person, who sits amidships and uses a double-bladed paddle. It is peculiar to the Eskimos and other Arctic tribes.
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Kayaker
Kay"ak*er (?), n. One who uses a kayak.
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Kayko
Kay"ko (?), n. (Zool.) The dog salmon.
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Kayles
Kayles (?), n. pl. [Akin to Dan. kegle, Sw. kegla, D. & G. kegel, OHG. kegil, whence F. quille.] A game; ninepins. [Prov Eng.] Carew.
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Kaynard
Kay"nard (?), n. [F. cagnard.] A lazy or cowardly person; a rascal. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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kazoo
ka*zoo" (?), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] A kind of toy or rude musical instrument, as a tube inside of which is a stretched string or membrane made to vibrate by singing or humming into the tube.
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Kea
Ke"a (kā"&adot_;; colloq. kē"&adot_;), n. [Maori.] (Zool.) A large New Zealand parrot (Nestor notabilis), notorious for having acquired the habit of killing sheep; -- called also mountain parrot.
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kebob
kebab
kebab, kebob (?), n. See kabab and kabob.
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Keck
Keck (k&ebreve_;k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kecked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kecking.] [Cf. dial. G. köcken, köken.] To heave or to retch, as in an effort to vomit. [R.] Swift.
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Keck
Keck, n. An effort to vomit; queasiness. [R.]
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Keckle
Kec"kle (?), v. i. & n. See Keck, v. i. & n.
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Keckle
Kec"kle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Keckled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Keckling (?).] (Naut.) To wind old rope around, as a cable, to preserve its surface from being fretted, or to wind iron chains around, to defend from the friction of a rocky bottom, or from the ice. Totten.
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Keckling
Kec"kling (?), n. Old rope or iron chains wound around a cable. See Keckle, v. t.
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Kecklish
Kec"klish (?), a. [From keck, keckle.] Inclined to vomit; squeamish. [R.] Holland.
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Kecksy
Keck"sy (?), n.; pl. Kecksies (-s&ibreve_;z). [Properly pl. of kex. See Kex.] (Bot.) The hollow stalk of an umbelliferous plant, such as the cow parsnip or the hemlock. [Written also kex, and in pl., kecks, kaxes.]
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Nothing teems
But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs.
Shak.
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Kecky
Keck"y (?), a. Resembling a kecksy. Grew.
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Keddah
Ked"dah (?), n. [Malay kedah, fr. Ar. qadah hole.] An inclosure constructed to entrap wild elephants; an elephant trap. [India]
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Kedge
Kedge (k&ebreve_;j), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kedged (k&ebreve_;jd); p. pr. & vb. n. Kedging.] [Cf. dial. Sw. keka to tug, to drag one's self slowly forward; or perh. fr. ked, and kedge, n., for keg anchor, named from the keg or cask fastened to the anchor to show where it lies.] (Naut.) To move (a vessel) by carrying out a kedge in a boat, dropping it overboard, and hauling the vessel up to it.
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Kedge
Kedge, n. [See Kedge, v. t.] (Naut.) A small anchor used whenever a large one can be dispensed with. See Kedge, v. t., and Anchor, n.
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Kedger
Kedg"er (?) n. (Naut.) A small anchor; a kedge.
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Kedlock
Ked"lock (k&ebreve_;d"l&obreve_;k), n. [Cf. dial. G. köddik, küdik, kettich, keek, Dan. kidike, E. charlock, and AS. cedelc the herb mercury.] (Bot.) See Charlock.
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Kee
Kee (kē), n. pl. of Cow. [AS. c&ymacr_;, pl. of cow. See Kine.] See Kie, Ky, and Kine. [Prov. Eng.] Gay.
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Keech
Keech (?), n. [Cf. Prov. E. keech a cake.] A mass or lump of fat rolled up by the butcher. [Obs.] Shak.
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Keel
Keel (kēl), v. t. & i. [AS. cēlan to cool, fr. cōl cool. See Cool.] To cool; to skim or stir. [Obs.]
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While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. Shak.
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Keel
Keel, n. A brewer's cooling vat; a keelfat.
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Keel
Keel, n. [Cf. AS. ceól ship; akin to D. & G. kiel keel, OHG. chiol ship, Icel. kjōll, and perh. to Gr. gay^los a round-built Phœnician merchant vessel, gaylo`s bucket; cf. Skr. gōla ball, round water vessel. But the meaning of the English word seems to come from Icel. kjölr keel, akin to Sw. köl, Dan. kjöl.] 1. (Shipbuilding) A longitudinal timber, or series of timbers scarfed together, extending from stem to stern along the bottom of a vessel. It is the principal timber of the vessel, and, by means of the ribs attached on each side, supports the vessel's frame. In an iron vessel, a combination of plates supplies the place of the keel of a wooden ship. See Illust. of Keelson.
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2. Fig.: The whole ship.
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3. A barge or lighter, used on the Tyne for carrying coal from Newcastle; also, a barge load of coal, twenty-one tons, four cwt. [Eng.]
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4. (Bot.) The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and inclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina. See Carina.
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5. (Nat. Hist.) A projecting ridge along the middle of a flat or curved surface.
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6. (Aeronautics) In a dirigible, a construction similar in form and use to a ship's keel; in an aëroplane, a fin or fixed surface employed to increase stability and to hold the machine to its course.
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Bilge keel (Naut.), a keel peculiar to ironclad vessels, extending only a portion of the length of the vessel under the bilges. Ham. Nav. Encyc. -- False keel. See under False. -- Keel boat. (a) A covered freight boat, with a keel, but no sails, used on Western rivers. [U. S.] (b) A low, flat-bottomed freight boat. See Keel, n., 3. -- Keel piece, one of the timbers or sections of which a keel is composed. -- On even keel, in a level or horizontal position, so that the draught of water at the stern and the bow is the same. Ham. Nav. Encyc. -- On an even keel a. & adv., steady; balanced; steadily.
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Keel
Keel, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Keeled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Keeling.] 1. To traverse with a keel; to navigate.
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2. To turn up the keel; to show the bottom.
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To keel over, to upset; to capsize. [Colloq.]
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Keelage
Keel"age (?), n. [Cf. F. guillage, fr. guille keel; of German or Scand origin. See 3d Keel.] The right of demanding a duty or toll for a ship entering a port; also, the duty or toll. Bouvier. Wharton.
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Keeled
Keeled (?), a. 1. (Bot.) Keel-shaped; having a longitudinal prominence on the back; as, a keeled leaf.
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2. (Zool.) Having a median ridge; carinate; as, a keeled scale.
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Keeler
Keel"er (?), n. [See 3d Keel.] 1. One employed in managing a Newcastle keel; -- called also keelman.
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2. A small or shallow tub; esp., one used for holding materials for calking ships, or one used for washing dishes, etc.
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Keelfat
Keel"fat` (?), n. [Keel to cool + fat a large tub, a vat.] (Brewing) A cooler; a vat for cooling wort, etc. [Written also keelvat.] Johnson.
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Keelhaul
Keel"haul` (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Keelhauled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Keelhauling.] [3d keel + haul: cf. LG. & D. kielhalen, G. kielholen. ] [Written also keelhale.] (Naut.) To haul under the keel of a ship, by ropes attached to the yardarms on each side. It was formerly practiced as a punishment in the Dutch and English navies. Totten.
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Keeling
Kee"ling (?), n. [Cf. Icel. keila, Sw. kolja, Dan. kulle.] (Zool.) A cod.
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Keelivine
Kee"li*vine (?), n. [Cf. Gael. cil ruddle.] A pencil of black or red lead; -- called also keelyvine pen. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
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Keelman
Keel"man (?), n.; pl. -men (&unr_;). See Keeler, 1.
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keel over
keel` o"ver (?), v. i. To drop down in a faint, or as if dead; to die. [Colloq.]
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Keelrake
Keel"rake` (?), v. t. (Naut.) Same as Keelhaul.
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Keels
Keels (?), n. pl. Ninepins. See Kayles.
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Keelson
Keel"son (?), n. [Akin to Sw. kölsvin, Dan. kjölsviin, G. kielschwein; apparently compounded of the words keel and swine; but cf. Norweg. kjölsvill, where svill is akin to E. sill, n. ] (Shipbuilding) A piece of timber in a ship laid on the middle of the floor timbers over the keel, and binding the floor timbers to the keel; in iron vessels, a structure of plates, situated like the keelson of a timber ship.
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Cross keelson, a similar structure lying athwart the main keelson, to support the engines and boilers.
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Keelvat
Keel"vat` (kēl"văt`), n. See Keelfat.
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Keen
Keen (kēn), a. [Compar. Keener (kēn"&etilde_;r); superl. Keenest.] [OE. kene sharp, bold, AS. cēne bold; akin to D. koen, OHG. kuoni, G. kühn, OSw. kyn, kön, Icel. kænn, for kœnn wise; perh. akin to E. ken, can to be able. √45.] 1. Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge.
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A bow he bare and arwes [arrows] bright and kene. Chaucer.
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That my keen knife see not the wound it makes. Shak.
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2. Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features.
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To make our wits more keen. Shak.
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Before the keen inquiry of her thought. Cowper.
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3. Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
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Good father cardinal, cry thou amen
To my keen curses.
Shak.
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4. Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc.; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
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Breasts the keen air, and carols as he goes. Goldsmith.
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5. Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite. “Of full kene will.” Piers Plowman.
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So keen and greedy to confound a man. Shak.
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6. Wonderful; delightful; marvelous; as, that would be keen. [slang]
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&hand_; Keen is often used in the composition of words, most of which are of obvious signification; as, keen-edged, keen-eyed, keen-sighted, keen-witted, etc.

Syn. -- Prompt; eager; ardent; sharp; acute; cutting; penetrating; biting; severe; sarcastic; satirical; piercing; shrewd.
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Keen
Keen, v. t. To sharpen; to make cold. [R.]
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Cold winter keens the brightening flood. Thomson.
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Keen
Keen, n. [Ir. caoine.] A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach. [Ireland] Froude.
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Keen
Keen, v. i. To wail as a keener does. [Ireland]
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Keener
Keen"er (?), n. A professional mourner who wails at a funeral. [Ireland]
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Keenly
Keen"ly, adv. In a keen manner.
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Keenness
Keen"ness, n. The quality or state of being keen.
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Keep
Keep (kēp), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kept (k&ebreve_;pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Keeping.] [OE. kēpen, AS. cēpan to keep, regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover, OE. copnien to desire.] 1. To care; to desire. [Obs.]
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I kepe not of armes for to yelp [boast]. Chaucer.
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2. To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to lose; to retain; to detain.
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If we lose the field,
We can not keep the town.
Shak.
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That I may know what keeps me here with you. Dryden.
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If we would weigh and keep in our minds what we are considering, that would instruct us. Locke.
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3. To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor.
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His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal. Milton.
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Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on. Addison.
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&hand_; In this sense it is often used with prepositions and adverbs, as to keep away, to keep down, to keep from, to keep in, out, or off, etc. “To keep off impertinence and solicitation from his superior.” Addison.
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4. To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of.
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The crown of Stephanus, first king of Hungary, was always kept in the castle of Vicegrade. Knolles.
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5. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.
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Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee. Gen. xxviii. 15.
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6. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.
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Great are thy virtues . . . though kept from man. Milton.
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7. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.
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And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it. Gen. ii. 15.
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In her girlish age, she kept sheep on the moor. Carew.
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8. To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc.; also, to enter (as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book.
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9. To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.
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Like a pedant that keeps a school. Shak.
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Every one of them kept house by himself. Hayward.
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10. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders.
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11. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.
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I keep but three men and a boy. Shak.
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12. To have habitually in stock for sale.
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13. To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession.
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Both day and night did we keep company. Shak.
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Within this portal as I kept my watch. Smollett.
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14. To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to neglect; to be faithful to.
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I have kept the faith. 2 Tim. iv. 7.
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Him whom to love is to obey, and keep
His great command.
Milton.
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15. To confine one's self to; not to quit; to remain in; as, to keep one's house, room, bed, etc.; hence, to haunt; to frequent. Shak.
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'Tis hallowed ground;
Fairies, and fawns, and satyrs do it keep.
J. Fletcher.
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16. To observe duly, as a festival, etc.; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast.
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I went with them to the house of God . . . with a multitude that kept holyday. Ps. xlii. 4.
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To keep at arm's length. See under Arm, n. -- To keep back. (a) To reserve; to withhold. “I will keep nothing back from you.” Jer. xlii. 4. (b) To restrain; to hold back.Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins.” Ps. xix. 13. -- To keep company with. (a) To frequent the society of; to associate with; as, let youth keep company with the wise and good. (b) To accompany; to go with; as, to keep company with one on a voyage; also, to pay court to, or accept attentions from, with a view to marriage. [Colloq.] -- To keep counsel. See under Counsel, n. -- To keep down. (a) To hold in subjection; to restrain; to hinder. (b) (Fine Arts) To subdue in tint or tone, as a portion of a picture, so that the spectator's attention may not be diverted from the more important parts of the work. -- To keep good hours or To keep bad hours, to be customarily early (or late) in returning home or in retiring to rest. -- To keep house. (a) To occupy a separate house or establishment, as with one's family, as distinguished from boarding; to manage domestic affairs. (b) (Eng. Bankrupt Law) To seclude one's self in one's house in order to evade the demands of creditors. -- To keep one's hand in, to keep in practice. -- To keep open house, to be hospitable. -- To keep the peace (Law), to avoid or to prevent a breach of the peace. -- To keep school, to govern, manage and instruct or teach a school, as a preceptor. -- To keep a stiff upper lip, to keep up one's courage. [Slang] -- To keep term. (a) (Eng. Universities) To reside during a term. (b) (Inns of Court) To eat a sufficient number of dinners in hall to make the term count for the purpose of being called to the bar. [Eng.] Mozley & W. -- To keep touch. See under Touch, n. -- To keep under, to hold in subjection; hence, to oppress. -- To keep up. (a) To maintain; to prevent from falling or diminution; as, to keep up the price of goods; to keep up one's credit. (b) To maintain; to continue; to prevent from ceasing. “In joy, that which keeps up the action is the desire to continue it.” Locke.

Syn. -- To retain; detain; reserve; preserve; hold; restrain; maintain; sustain; support; withhold. -- To Keep. Retain, Preserve. Keep is the generic term, and is often used where retain or preserve would too much restrict the meaning; as, to keep silence, etc. Retain denotes that we keep or hold things, as against influences which might deprive us of them, or reasons which might lead us to give them up; as, to retain vivacity in old age; to retain counsel in a lawsuit; to retain one's servant after a reverse of fortune. Preserve denotes that we keep a thing against agencies which might lead to its being destroyed or broken in upon; as, to preserve one's health; to preserve appearances.
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Keep
Keep (?), v. i. 1. To remain in any position or state; to continue; to abide; to stay; as, to keep at a distance; to keep aloft; to keep near; to keep in the house; to keep before or behind; to keep in favor; to keep out of company, or out reach.
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2. To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired.
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If the malt be not thoroughly dried, the ale it makes will not keep. Mortimer.
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3. To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell. [Now disused except locally or colloquially.]
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Knock at his study, where, they say, he keeps. Shak.
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4. To take care; to be solicitous; to watch. [Obs.]
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Keep that the lusts choke not the word of God that is in us. Tyndale.
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5. To be in session; as, school keeps to-day. [Colloq.]
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To keep from, to abstain or refrain from. -- To keep in with, to keep on good terms with; as, to keep in with an opponent. -- To keep on, to go forward; to proceed; to continue to advance. -- To keep to, to adhere strictly to; not to neglect or deviate from; as, to keep to old customs; to keep to a rule; to keep to one's word or promise. -- To keep up, to remain unsubdued; also, not to be confined to one's bed.
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Keep
Keep, n. 1. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge. Chaucer.
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Pan, thou god of shepherds all,
Which of our tender lambkins takest keep.
Spenser.
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2. The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep.
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3. The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse.
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Grass equal to the keep of seven cows. Carlyle.
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I performed some services to the college in return for my keep. T. Hughes.
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4. That which keeps or protects; a stronghold; a fortress; a castle; specifically, the strongest and securest part of a castle, often used as a place of residence by the lord of the castle, especially during a siege; the dungeon. See Illust. of Castle.
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The prison strong,
Within whose keep the captive knights were laid.
Dryden.
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The lower chambers of those gloomy keeps. Hallam.
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I think . . . the keep, or principal part of a castle, was so called because the lord and his domestic circle kept, abode, or lived there. M. A. Lower.
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5. That which is kept in charge; a charge. [Obs.]
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Often he used of his keep
A sacrifice to bring.
Spenser.
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6. (Mach.) A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place.
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To take keep, to take care; to heed. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Keeper
Keep"er (?), n. 1. One who, or that which, keeps; one who, or that which, holds or has possession of anything.
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2. One who retains in custody; one who has the care of a prison and the charge of prisoners.
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3. One who has the care, custody, or superintendence of anything; as, the keeper of a park, a pound, of sheep, of a gate, etc.; the keeper of attached property; hence, one who saves from harm; a defender; a preserver.
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The Lord is thy keeper. Ps. cxxi. 6.
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4. One who remains or keeps in a place or position.
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Discreet; chaste; keepers at home. Titus ii. 5.
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5. A ring, strap, clamp, or any device for holding an object in place; as: (a) The box on a door jamb into which the bolt of a lock protrudes, when shot. (b) A ring serving to keep another ring on the finger. (c) A loop near the buckle of a strap to receive the end of the strap.
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6. A fruit that keeps well; as, the Roxbury Russet is a good keeper. Hence: Anything perishable that remains in good condition longer than usual. Downing.
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7. An iron bar that is placed on the poles of a horseshoe magnet, and held in place there by the magnetic force, to preserve the strength of the magnet when not in use.
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Keeper of the forest (O. Eng. Law), an officer who had the principal government of all things relating to the forest. -- Keeper of the great seal, a high officer of state, who has custody of the great seal. The office is now united with that of lord chancellor. [Eng.] -- Keeper of the King's conscience, the lord chancellor; -- a name given when the chancellor was an ecclesiastic. [Eng.] -- Keeper of the privy seal (styled also lord privy seal), a high officer of state, through whose hands pass all charters, pardons, etc., before they come to the great seal. He is a privy councillor, and was formerly called clerk of the privy seal. [Eng.] -- Keeper of a magnet, a piece of iron which connects the two poles, for the purpose of keeping the magnetic power undiminished; an armature; called also keeper.
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Keepership
Keep"er*ship (?), n. The office or position of a keeper. Carew.
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Keeping
Keep"ing, n. 1. A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation.
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His happiness is in his own keeping. South.
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2. Maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good keeping.
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The work of many hands, which earns my keeping. Milton.
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3. Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in keeping with each other; his levity is not in keeping with the seriousness of the occasion.
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4. (Paint.) Harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art; as, the foreground of this painting is not in keeping.
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Keeping room, a family sitting room. [New Eng. & Prov. Eng.]

Syn. -- Care; guardianship; custody; possession.
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Keepsake
Keep"sake` (?), n. Anything kept, or given to be kept, for the sake of the giver; a token of friendship.
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Keesh
Keesh (?), n. See Kish.
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Keeve
Keeve (?), n. [AS. c&unr_;f, fr. L. cupa a tub, cask; also, F. cuve. Cf. Kive, Coop.] 1. (Brewing) A vat or tub in which the mash is made; a mash tub. Ure.
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2. (Bleaching) A bleaching vat; a kier.
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3. (Mining) A large vat used in dressing ores.
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Keeve
Keeve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Keeved (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Keeving.] 1. To set in a keeve, or tub, for fermentation.
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2. To heave; to tilt, as a cart. [Prov. Eng.]
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Keever
Keev"er (?), n. See Keeve, n.
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Keffe-kil
Kef"fe-kil (?), n. (Min.) See Kiefekil.
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Kefir
Kef"ir (k&ebreve_;f"&etilde_;r), n. 1. An effervescent liquor like kumiss, made from fermented milk, used as a food and as a medicine in the northern Caucasus. -- Ke*fir"ic (k&ebreve_;*f&ibreve_;r"&ibreve_;k), a.
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2. A sour fermented milk drink, used in various regions of Asia, made by addition of Streptococcus or Lactobacillus cultures to cow's or goat's milk; it is considered by some as a form of yoghurt.
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Kefir grains
Kefir grains. Small hard yellowish aggregations found in the Caucasus region, and containing various yeasts and bacteria. They are used as a ferment in preparing kefir.
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Keg
Keg (k&ebreve_;g), n. [Earlier cag, Icel. kaggi; akin to Sw. kagge.] A small cask or barrel.
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Keilhauite
Keil"hau*ite (kīl"hou*īt), n. (Min.) A mineral of a brownish black color, related to titanite in form. It consists chiefly of silica, titanium dioxide, lime, and yttria.
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Keir
Keir (?), n. See Kier.
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Keitloa
Keit*lo"a (?), n. [Native name.] (Zool.) A black, two-horned, African rhinoceros (Atelodus keitloa). It has the posterior horn about as long as the anterior one, or even longer.
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Keld
Keld (?), a. [Cf. Cavl.] Having a kell or covering; webbed. [Obs.] Drayton.
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Kele
Kele (?), v. t. [See Keel to cool.] To cool. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Kell
Kell (?), n. A kiln. [Obs.]
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Kell
Kell, n. [A modification of kale.] A sort of pottage; kale. See Kale, 2. Ainsworth.
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Kell
Kell, n. [Cf. Caul.] 1. The caul; that which covers or envelops as a caul; a net; a fold; a film. [Obs.]
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I'll have him cut to the kell. Beau. & Fl.
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2. The cocoon or chrysalis of an insect. B. Jonson.
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Keloid
Ke"loid (?), a. [Also spelled cheloid.] [F. kéloïde, from Gr. chhlh` crab's claw + -oid: cf. F. kéloïde, chéloïde.] (Med.) Applied to a variety of tumor forming hard, flat, irregular excrescences upon the skin, or to keloid scar tissue.
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Keloid
Ke"loid, n. [Also spelled cheloid.] 1. A keloid tumor.
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2. An abnormally large scar tissue growing at the site of a cut or surgical incision.
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Kelotomy
Ke*lot"o*my (?), n. (Med.) See Celotomy.
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Kelp
Kelp (k&ebreve_;lp), n. [Formerly kilpe; of unknown origin.] 1. The calcined ashes of seaweed, -- formerly much used in the manufacture of glass, now used in the manufacture of iodine.
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2. (Bot.) Any large blackish seaweed.
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&hand_; Laminaria is the common kelp of Great Britain; Macrocystis pyrifera and Nereocystis Lutkeana are the great kelps of the Pacific Ocean.
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Kelp crab (Zool.), a California spider crab (Epialtus productus), found among seaweeds, which it resembles in color. -- Kelp salmon (Zool.), a serranoid food fish (Serranus clathratus) of California. See Cabrilla.
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Kelpfish
Kelp"fish` (?), n. (Zool.) A small California food fish (Heterostichus rostratus), living among kelp. The name is also applied to species of the genus Platyglossus.

Kelpy
Kelpie
{ Kel"pie, Kel"py }, n.; pl. Kelpies (#). [Cf. Gael. cailpeach, calpach, colpach, a heifer, steer, colt, colpa a cow or horse.] (Scotch Myth.) An imaginary spirit of the waters, horselike in form, vulgarly believed to warn, by preternatural noises and lights, those who are to be drowned. Jamieson.
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Kelpware
Kelp"ware` (?), n. Same as Kelp, 2.
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Kelson
Kel"son (?), n. See Keelson. Sir W. Raleigh.
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Kelt
Kelt (?), n. See Kilt, n. Jamieson.
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Kelt
Kelt, n. [Cf. Icel. kult quilt.] Cloth with the nap, generally of native black wool. [Scot.] Jamieson.
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Kelt
Kelt, n. A salmon after spawning. [Scot.]
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Kelt
Kelt, n. Same as Celt, one of Celtic race.
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Kelter
Kel"ter (?), n. [Cf. Gael. & Ir. cealt clothes, Gael. cealltair spear, castle, cause, Prov. E. kilter tool, instrument. Cf. Kilt.] Regular order or proper condition. [Usually written kilter in th U. S.] [Colloq., chiefly British spelling]
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If the organs of prayer be out of kelter or out of tune, how can we pray? Barrow.
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Keltic
Kelt"ic (k&ebreve_;lt"&ibreve_;k), a. & n. Same as Celtic, a. & n.
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Kelvin
Kel"vin (k&ebreve_;l"v&ibreve_;n), n. [from Lord Kelvin, English physicist.] The SI unit of temperature, defined as being 1/273.16 of the triple point of water; abbreviated K. The melting point of water at 760 mm pressure is 273.15 Kelvins, and the boiling point 373.15 Kelvins. One degree Kelvin is equal to one degree Centigrade, and 9/5 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Kemb
Kemb (k&ebreve_;m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kembed (k&ebreve_;md) or Kempt (k&ebreve_;mt; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. Kembing.] [OE. kemben, AS. cemban, fr. camb comb.] To comb. [Obs.]
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His longe hair was kembed behind his back. Chaucer.
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Kemelin
Kem"e*lin (?), n. [Cf. Prov. E. kemlin, kimlin, kimmel, a salting tub, any tub, kembing a brewing tub, G. kumme bowl, basin, W. cwmman a tub, brewing tub.] A tub; a brewer's vessel. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Kempty
Kemp
{ Kemp (k&ebreve_;mp), Kemp"ty (?), } n. Coarse, rough hair in wool or fur, injuring its quality.
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Kempe
Kem"pe (k&ebreve_;m"p&eitalic_;), a. Rough; shaggy. [Obs.]Kempe hairs.” Chaucer.
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Kemps
Kemps (k&ebreve_;mps), n. pl. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.) The long flower stems of the ribwort plantain (Plantago Lanceolata). Dr. Prior.
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Kempt
Kempt (k&ebreve_;mt; 215), 1. p. p. of Kemb; combed. B. Jonson.
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2. Neatly kept; tidy. Opposite of unkempt.
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Ken
Ken (k&ebreve_;n), n. [Perh. from kennel.] A house; esp., one which is a resort for thieves. [Slang, Eng.]
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Ken
Ken, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kenned (k&ebreve_;nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Kenning.] [OE. kennen to teach, make known, know, AS. cennan to make known, proclaim, or rather from the related Icel. kenna to know; akin to D. & G. kennen to know, Goth. kannjan to make known; orig., a causative corresponding to AS. cunnan to know, Goth. kunnan. √45. See Can to be able, Know.] 1. To know; to understand; to take cognizance of. [Archaic or Scot.]
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2. To recognize; to descry; to discern. [Archaic or Scot.] “We ken them from afar.” Addison
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'T is he. I ken the manner of his gait. Shak.
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Ken
Ken, v. i. To look around. [Obs.] Burton.
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Ken
Ken, n. Cognizance; view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge. “Beyond his ken.” Longfellow.
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Above the reach and ken of a mortal apprehension. South.
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It was relief to quit the ken
And the inquiring looks of men.
Trench.

Kendal
Kendal green
{ Ken"dal green` (?), or Ken"dal. } A cloth colored green by dye obtained from the woad-waxen, formerly used by Flemish weavers at Kendal, in Westmoreland, England. J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants).
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How couldst thou know these men in Kendal green ? Shak.
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Kennedya
Kennedia
Kennedia, Kennedya n. A genus of Australian woody vines having showy red or purplish flowers.
Syn. -- Kennedia, genus Kennedia, genus Kennedya.
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Kennel
Ken"nel (?), n. [See Channel, Canal.] The water course of a street; a little canal or channel; a gutter; also, a puddle. Bp. Hall.
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Kennel
Ken"nel, n. [OE. kenel, (assumed) OF. kenil, F. chenil, LL. canile, fr. L. canis a dog. Cf. Canine.] 1. A house for a dog or for dogs, or for a pack of hounds.
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A dog sure, if he could speak, had wit enough to describe his kennel. Sir P. Sidney.
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2. A pack of hounds, or a collection of dogs. Shak.
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3. The hole of a fox or other beast; a haunt.
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Kennel
Ken"nel, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kenneled (?) or Kennelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Kennelling.] To lie or lodge; to dwell, as a dog or a fox.
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The dog kenneled in a hollow tree. L'Estrange.
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Kennel
Ken"nel, v. t. To put or keep in a kennel. Thomson.
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Kennel coal
Ken"nel coal` (?) n. See Cannel coal.
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Kenning
Ken"ning (?), n. [See Ken, v. t.] 1. Range of sight. [Obs.] Bacon.
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2. The limit of vision at sea, being a distance of about twenty miles.
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Keno
Ke"no (?), n. [F. quine five winning numbers, fr. L. quini five each, quinque five. See Five.] A gambling game, a variety of the game of lotto, played with balls or knobs, numbered, and cards also numbered. [U. S.]
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Kenogenesis
Ken`o*gen"e*sis (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; new + E. genesis.] (Biol.) Modified evolution, in which nonprimitive characters make their appearance in consequence of a secondary adaptation of the embryo to the peculiar conditions of its environment; -- distinguished from palingenesis. [Written also cenogenesis and cænogenesis.]
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Kenogenetic
Ken`o*ge*net"ic (?), a. (Biol.) Of or pertaining to kenogenesis; as, kenogenetic processes. -- Ken`o*ge*net"ic*al*ly (#), adv.
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Kenspeckle
Ken"spec`kle (?), a. Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized. [Scot.]
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Kent bugle
Kent" bu"gle (?) prop. n. [Probably named after a Duke of Kent.] (Mus.) A curved bugle, having six finger keys or stops, by means of which the performer can play upon every key in the musical scale; -- called also keyed bugle, and key bugle. Moore.
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Kentle
Ken"tle (?), n. [From Quintal.] (Com.) A hundred weight; a quintal.
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Kentledge
Kent"ledge (?), n. [OF. cant edge, corner, D. kant. See Cant edge, angle.] (Naut.) Pigs of iron used for ballast. [Written also kintlidge.]
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Kentucky
Ken*tuck"y (?), prop. n. One of the United States.
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Kentucky blue grass (Bot.), a valuable pasture and meadow grass (Poa pratensis), found in both Europe and America. See under Blue grass. -- Kentucky coffee tree (Bot.), a tall North American tree (Gymnocladus Canadensis) with bipinnate leaves. It produces large woody pods containing a few seeds which have been used as a substitute for coffee. The timber is very valuable.
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Kenya
Kenya prop. n. A country in East Africa, formerly a British colony.
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Kenyan
Kenyan prop. n. A native or inhabitant of Kenya.
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Kenyan
Kenyan prop. a. Of or pertaining to Kenya; as, Kenyan mountains; Kenyan coffee.
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2. Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of Kenya; as, Kenyan soldiers.
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Kenyapithecus
Kenyapithecus prop. n. A genus of extinct primates having powerful chewing muscles along with large molars and small incisors; its fossils were found in Maboko in Kenya.
Syn. -- genus Kenyapithecus.
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kephalin
keph"a*lin (k&ebreve_;f"&adot_;*l&ibreve_;n), n. [Gr. kefalh` the head; it was supposed by Thudichum to exist in brain tissue.] (Physiol. Chem.) One of a group of phospholipids (nitrogenous phosphorized fatty substances), present in all living cells and particularly noticeable in nervous tissue. Same as cephalin, which see.
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kepi
kep"i (?), n. [F. képi, of G. origin.] A military cap having a close-fitting band, a round flat top sloping toward the front, and a visor. As originally worn by the French in Algeria about 1830 it was tall and stiff with a straight visor. It is now lower, has a curved visor, and is frequently soft.
Syn. -- peaked cap, service cap, yachting cap.
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kept
kept (k&ebreve_;pt), imp. & p. p. of Keep.
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Kept woman, Kept mistress, a concubine; a woman supported by a man as his paramour.
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Kepviselohaz
Kép"vi*se*lö*ház` (?), n. [Hung., fr. képviselö representative + ház house.] (Hungary) See Legislature.
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keramic
ke*ram"ic (?), a. Same as ceramic.
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Keramics
Ke*ram"ics (?), n. Same as Ceramics.
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Keramographic
Ker`a*mo*graph"ic (?), a. [Gr. ke`ramos tile + graph + ic.] Suitable to be written upon; capable of being written upon, as a slate; -- said especially of a certain kind of globe. Scudamore.
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Kerana
Ke*ra"na (?), n. (Mus.) A kind of long trumpet, used among the Persians. Moore (Encyc. of Music).
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Kerargyrite
Ke*rar"gy*rite (?), n. See Cerargyrite.
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Kerasin
Ker"a*sin (?), n. (Physiol. Chem.) A nitrogenous substance free from phosphorus, supposed to be present in the brain; a body closely related to cerebrin.
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Kerasine
Ker"a*sine (?), a. [Gr. ke`ras horn.] Resembling horn; horny; corneous.
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keratin
ker"a*tin (?), n. [Gr. ke`ras, -atos, horn.] (Physiol. Chem.) A sulfur-containing fibrous protein constituting the main structural protein of hard epidermal tissues, such as horn, hair, feathers, nails, claws, hoofs, and the like. It is an insoluble substance, and, unlike elastin, is not dissolved even by gastric or pancreatic juice. By decomposition with sulphuric acid it yields leucine and tyrosine plus various other acid-stable amino acids. The amino acid composition varies, but it usually has a high percentage of cystine, which stabilizes and insolubilizes the protein by forming intrachain linkages. A softer form of keratin is present in the epidermis and whalebone. Called also epidermose.
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Keratitis
Ker`a*ti"tis (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ke`ras, -atos, horn + -itis.] (Med.) Inflammation of the cornea.
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Keratode
Ker"a*tode (?), n. See Keratose.
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Keratogenous
Ker`a*tog"e*nous (?), a. [Gr. ke`ras, -atos, horn + -genous.] Producing horn; as, the keratogenous membrane within the horny hoof of the horse.
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Keratoidea
Ker`a*toi"de*a (?), n. pl. [NL., from Gr. ke`ras, -atos, horn + -oid.] (Zool.) Same as Keratosa.
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Keratome
Ker"a*tome (?), n. [Gr. ke`ras, horn + &unr_; to cut.] (Surg.) An instrument for dividing the cornea in operations for cataract.
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Keratonyxis
Ker`a*to*nyx"is (?), n. [Gr. ke`ras, -atos, horn + &unr_; puncture.] (Med.) The operation of removing a cataract by thrusting a needle through the cornea of the eye, and breaking up the opaque mass.
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Keratophyte
Ker"a*to*phyte (?), n. [Gr. ke`ras, -atos, a horn + &unr_; a plant.] (Zool.) A gorgonian coral having a horny axis.
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Keratosa
Ker`a*to"sa (?), n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ke`ras, -atos, a horn.] (Zool.) An order of sponges having a skeleton composed of hornlike fibers. It includes the commercial sponges.
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Keratose
Ker"a*tose` (?), n. [Gr. ke`ras, -atos, horn.] (Physiol. Chem.) A tough, horny animal substance entering into the composition of the skeleton of sponges, and other invertebrates; -- called also keratode.
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Keratose
Ker"a*tose`, a. (Zool.) Containing hornlike fibers or fibers of keratose; belonging to the Keratosa.
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Keraunograph
Ke*rau"no*graph (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; thunderbolt + graph.] A figure or picture impressed by lightning upon the human body or elsewhere. -- Ker`au*nog"ra*phy (#), n.
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Kerb
Kerb (?), n. See Curb.
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Kerbstone
Kerb"stone` (?), n. See Curbstone.
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Kercher
Ker"cher (?), n. A kerchief. [Obs.]
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He became . . . white as a kercher. Sir T. North.
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Kerchered
Ker"chered (?), a. Covered, or bound round, with a kercher. [Obs.] G. Fletcher.
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Kerchief
Ker"chief (?), n.; pl. Kerchiefs (#). [OE. coverchef, OF. cuevrechief, couvrechef, F. couvrechef, a head covering, fr. couvrir to cover + OF. chief head, F. chef. See Cover, Chief, and cf. Curfew.] 1. A square of fine linen worn by women as a covering for the head; hence, anything similar in form or material, worn for ornament on other parts of the person; -- mostly used in compounds; as, neckerchief; breastkerchief; and later, handkerchief.
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He might put on a hat, a muffler, and a kerchief, and so escape. Shak.
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Her black hair strained away
To a scarlet kerchief caught beneath her chin.
Mrs. Browning.
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2. A lady who wears a kerchief. Dryden.

Kerchieft
Kerchiefed
{ Ker"chiefed, Ker"chieft } (?), a. Dressed; hooded; covered; wearing a kerchief. Milton.
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Kerf
Kerf (?), n. [AS. cyrf a cutting off, fr. ceorfan to cut, carve. See Carve.] A notch, channel, or slit made in any material by cutting or sawing.
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Kerite
Ke"rite (?), n. [Gr. ke`ras, horn.] A compound in which tar or asphaltum combined with animal or vegetable oils is vulcanized by sulphur, the product closely resembling rubber; -- used principally as an insulating material in telegraphy. Knight.
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Kerl
Kerl (?), n. See Carl.
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Kermes
Ker"mes (?), n. [Ar. & Per. girmiz. See Crimson, and cf. Alkermes.] 1. (Zool.) The dried bodies of the females of a scale insect (Kermes ilices formerly Coccus ilicis), allied to the cochineal insect, and found on several species of oak near the Mediterranean; also, the dye obtained from them. They are round, about the size of a pea, contain coloring matter analogous to carmine, and are used in dyeing. They were anciently thought to be of a vegetable nature, and were used in medicine. [Written also chermes.]
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2. (Bot.) A small European evergreen oak (Quercus coccifera) on which the kermes insect (Kermes ilices, formerly Coccus ilicis) feeds. J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants).
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3. (Zool.) [NL.] A genus of scale insects including many species that feed on oaks. The adult female resembles a small gall.
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Kermes mineral. (a) (Old Chem.) An artificial amorphous trisulphide of antimony; -- so called on account of its red color. (b) (Med. Chem.) A compound of the trioxide and trisulphide of antimony, used in medicine. This substance occurs in nature as the mineral kermesite.
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Kermesse
Ker"messe (?), n. [F.] See Kirmess.
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Kern
Kern (k&etilde_;rn), n. [Ir. ceatharnach.Cf. Cateran. ] 1. A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; -- distinguished from gallowglass, and often used as a term of contempt. Macaulay.
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Now for our Irish wars;
We must supplant those rough, rug-headed kerns.
Shak.
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2. Any kind of boor or low-lived person. [Obs.] Blount.
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3. (O. Eng. Law) An idler; a vagabond. Wharton.
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Kern
Kern, n. (Type Founding) A part of the face of a type which projects beyond the body, or shank, such as in certain italic letters.
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Kern
Kern, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kerned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kerning. ] (Type Founding) To form with a kern. See 2d Kern.
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Kern
Kern, n. [See Churn. ] A churn. [Prov. Eng.]
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Kern
Kern, n. [AS. cweorn, cwyrn. See Quern. ] A hand mill. See Quern. Johnson.
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Kern
Kern, v. i. [Cf. G. kern kernel, grain; akin to E. corn. See Corn, Kernel. ] 1. To harden, as corn in ripening. [Obs.] Carew.
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2. To take the form of kernels; to granulate. [Obs.]
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It is observed that rain makes the salt kern. Dampier.
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Kern
Kern (?), n. [Written also kirn.] [Cf. D. & G. kern kernal, E. kern to harden, kernel.] [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.] 1. Kernel; corn; grain.
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2. The last handful or sheaf reaped at the harvest.
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3. The harvest-home.
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Kern baby
Kern baby. A doll or image decorated with corn (grain) flowers, etc., carried in the festivals of a kern, or harvest-home. Called also harvest queen.
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Kerned
Kerned (k&etilde_;rnd), a. (Print.) Having part of the face projecting beyond the body or shank; -- said of type. “In Roman, f and j are the only kerned letters.” MacKellar.
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Kernel
Ker"nel (?), n. [OE. kernel, kirnel, curnel, AS. cyrnel, fr. corn grain. See Corn, and cf. Kern to harden.] 1. The essential part of a seed; all that is within the seed walls; the edible substance contained in the shell of a nut; hence, anything included in a shell, husk, or integument; as, the kernel of a nut. See Illust. of Endocarp.
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'A were as good crack a fusty nut with no kernel Shak.
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2. A single seed or grain; as, a kernel of corn.
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3. A small mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh.
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4. The central, substantial or essential part of anything; the gist; the core; as, the kernel of an argument.
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Kernel
Ker"nel, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kerneled (?) or Kernelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Kerneling or Kernelling.] To harden or ripen into kernels; to produce kernels.

Kernelled
Kerneled
{ Ker"neled, Ker"nelled (?) }, a. Having a kernel.
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Kernelly
Ker"nel*ly (?), a. Full of kernels; resembling kernels; of the nature of kernels. Holland.
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Kernish
Kern"ish (?), a. [From Kern a boor.] Clownish; boorish. [Obs.] “A petty kernish prince.” Milton.
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Kerolite
Ker"o*lite (?), n. (Min.) Same as Cerolite.
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Kerosene
Ker"o*sene` (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; wax.] An oil used for illuminating purposes, formerly obtained from the distillation of mineral wax, bituminous shale, etc., and hence called also coal oil. It is now produced in immense quantities, chiefly by the distillation and purification of petroleum. It consists chiefly of several hydrocarbons of the methane series, having from 10 to 16 carbon atoms in each molecule, and having a higher boiling point (175 - 325° C) than gasoline or the petroleum ethers, and a lower boling point than the oils.
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Kerse
Kers
{ Kers, Kerse (?) }, n. A cress. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Not worth a kers. See under Cress.
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Kersey
Ker"sey (?), n.; pl. Kerseys (#). [Prob. from the town of Kersey in Suffolk, Eng.] A kind of coarse, woolen cloth, usually ribbed, woven from wool of long staple.
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Kerseymere
Ker"sey*mere (?), n. [For cassimere, confounded with kersey.] See Cassimere.
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Kerseynette
Ker`sey*nette" (?), n. See Cassinette.
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Kerseys
Ker"seys, n. pl. Varieties of kersey; also, trousers made of kersey.
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Kerve
Kerve (?), v. t. To carve. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Kerver
Kerv"er (?), n. A carver. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Kesar
Ke"sar (?), n. See Kaiser. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Keslop
Kes"lop (k&ebreve_;s"l&obreve_;p), n. [AS. cēselib, or c&ymacr_;slyb, milk curdled; cf. G. käselab, käselippe. See Cheese, and cf.Cheeselep.] The stomach of a calf, prepared for rennet. Halliwell.
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Kess
Kess (?), v. t. To kiss. [Obs.] Chaucer
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Kest
Kest (?), imp. of Cast. [Obs.]
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Kestrel
Kes"trel (k&ebreve_;s"tr&ebreve_;l), n. [See Castrel.] (Zool.) A small, slender European hawk (Falco alaudarius), allied to the sparrow hawk. Its color is reddish fawn, streaked and spotted with white and black. Also called windhover and stannel. The name is also applied to other allied species.
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&hand_; This word is often used in contempt, as of a mean kind of hawk. “Kites and kestrels have a resemblance with hawks.” Bacon.
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Ket
Ket (k&ebreve_;t), n. [Icel. kjöt flesh; akin to Sw. kött, Dan. kjöd.] Carrion; any filth. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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Keta
Ke"ta (?), n. [Perh. of Amer. Indian origin.] (Zool.) A small salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) of inferior value, which in the autumn runs up all the larger rivers between San Francisco and Kamchatka.
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Ketch
Ketch (k&ebreve_;ch), n. [Prob. corrupted fr. Turk. qāīq : cf. F. caiche. Cf. Caïque.] (Naut.) 1. An almost obsolete form of sailing vessel, with a mainmast and a mizzenmast, -- usually from one hundred to two hundred and fifty tons burden.
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2. (Naut.) In modern usage, a sailing vessel having two masts, with the main mast taller than the aftermost, or mizzen, mast.
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Bomb ketch. See under Bomb.
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Ketch
Ketch, n. A hangman. See Jack Ketch.
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Ketch
Ketch, v. t. [See Catch.] To catch. [Now obs. in spelling, and colloq. in pronunciation.]
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To ketch him at a vantage in his snares. Spenser.
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ketchup
ketch"up (?) (?), n. [Probably of East Indian origin, because it was originally a kind of East Indian pickles. Cf. also Malay k&ebreve_;chap fish sauce. MW10.] A pureed table sauce made predominantly from tomatoes, flavored with onions, sugar, salt and spices; called also tomato ketchup. The term is also applied to pureed sauces containing mushrooms, walnuts, etc., being called in such cases mushroom ketchup, walnut ketchup, etc. [Written also catsup and catchup.]
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Ketine
Ke"tine (?), n. [See Ketone.] (Chem.) One of a series of organic bases obtained by the reduction of certain isonitroso compounds of the ketones. In general they are unstable oily substances having a pungent aromatic odor.
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Ketmie
Ket`mie" (?), n. (Bot.) The name of certain African species of Hibiscus, cultivated for the acid of their mucilage. [Written also ketmia.]
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Ketol
Ke"tol (kē"tōl), n. [Ketone + indol.] (Chem.) One of a series of series of complex nitrogenous substances, represented by methyl ketol and related to indol.
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Methyl ketol, a weak organic base, obtained as a white crystalline substance having the odor of feces.
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Ketone
Ke"tone (kē"tōn), n. [Cf. Acetone.] (Chem.) One of a large class of organic substances resembling the aldehydes, obtained by the distillation of certain salts of organic acids and consisting of carbonyl (CO) united with two hydrocarbon radicals. In general the ketones are colorless volatile liquids having a pungent ethereal odor.
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&hand_; The ketones are named by adding the suffix-one to the stems of the organic acids from which they are respectively derived; thus, acetic acid gives acetone; butyric acid, butyrone, etc.
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Ketonic
Ke*ton"ic (k&euptack_;*t&obreve_;n"&ibreve_;k), a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, a ketone; as, a ketonic acid.
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Kettle
Ket"tle (k&ebreve_;t"t'l), n. [OE. ketel; cf. AS. cetel, cetil, cytel; akin to D. kjedel, G. kessel, OHG. chezzil, Icel. ketill, SW. kittel, Dan. kjedel, Goth. katils; all perh. fr. L. catillus, dim. of catinus a deep vessel, bowl; but cf. also OHG. chezzī kettle, Icel. kati small ship.] A metallic vessel, with a wide mouth, often without a cover, used for heating and boiling water or other liguids.
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Kettle pins, ninepins; skittles. [Obs.] Shelton. -- Kettle stitch (Bookbinding), the stitch made in sewing at the head and tail of a book. Knight.
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Kettledrum
Ket"tle*drum` (-drŭm`), n. 1. (Mus.) A drum made of thin copper in the form of a hemispherical kettle, with parchment stretched over the mouth of it.
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&hand_; Kettledrums, in pairs, were formerly used in martial music for cavalry, but are now chiefly confined to orchestras, where they are called tympani.
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2. An informal social party at which a light collation is offered, held in the afternoon or early evening. Cf. Drum, n., 4 and 5.
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Kettledrummer
Ket"tle*drum`mer (?), n. One who plays on a kettledrum.
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Keuper
Keu"per (koi"p&etilde_;r), n. [G.] (Geol.) The upper division of the European Triassic. See Chart of Geology.
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Kevel
Kev"el (?), n. [Prov. E. kevil, cavel, rod, pole, a large hammer, horse's bit; cf. Icel. kefli cylinder, a stick, mangle, and Dan. kievle a roller.] 1. (Naut.) A strong cleat to which large ropes are belayed.
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2. A stone mason's hammer. [Written also cavil.]
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Kevel head (Naut.), a projecting end of a timber, used as a kevel.

Kevin
Kevel
{ Kev"el, Kev"in (?) }, n. (Zool.) The gazelle.
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Kever
Kev"er (?), v. t. & i. To cover. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Keverchief
Kev"er*chief (?), n. A kerchief. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Kex
Kex (?), n. [W. cecys, pl., hollow stalks.]
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1. (Bot.) A weed; a kecksy. Bp. Gauden.
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Though the rough kex break
The starred mosaic.
Tennyson.
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2. A dry husk or covering.
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When the kex, or husk, is broken, he proveth a fair flying butterfly. Holland.
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Key
Key (kē), n. [OE. keye, key, kay, AS. cæg.] 1. An instrument by means of which the bolt of a lock is shot or drawn; usually, a removable metal instrument fitted to the mechanism of a particular lock and operated by turning in its place.
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2. A small device which is inserted into a mechanism and turned like a key to fasten, adjust, or wind it; as, a watch key; a bed key; the winding key for a clock, etc.
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3. One of a set of small movable parts on an instrument or machine which, by being depressed, serves as the means of operating it; the complete set of keys is usually called the keyboard; as, the keys of a piano, an organ, an accordion, a computer keyboard, or of a typewriter. The keys may operate parts of the instrument by a mechanical action, as on a piano, or by closing an electrical circuit, as on a computer keyboard. See also senses 12 and 13.
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4. A position or condition which affords entrance, control, pr possession, etc.; as, the key of a line of defense; the key of a country; the key of a political situation. Hence, that which serves to unlock, open, discover, or solve something unknown or difficult; as, the key to a riddle; the key to a problem. Similarly, see also senses 14 and 15.
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Those who are accustomed to reason have got the true key of books. Locke.
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Who keeps the keys of all the creeds. Tennyson.
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5. That part of a mechanism which serves to lock up, make fast, or adjust to position.
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6. (Arch.) (a) A piece of wood used as a wedge. (b) The last board of a floor when laid down.
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7. (Masonry) (a) A keystone. (b) That part of the plastering which is forced through between the laths and holds the rest in place.
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8. (Mach.) (a) A wedge to unite two or more pieces, or adjust their relative position; a cotter; a forelock. See Illusts. of Cotter, and Gib. (b) A bar, pin or wedge, to secure a crank, pulley, coupling, etc., upon a shaft, and prevent relative turning; sometimes holding by friction alone, but more frequently by its resistance to shearing, being usually embedded partly in the shaft and partly in the crank, pulley, etc.
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9. (Bot.) An indehiscent, one-seeded fruit furnished with a wing, as the fruit of the ash and maple; a samara; -- called also key fruit.
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10. (Mus.) (a) A family of tones whose regular members are called diatonic tones, and named key tone (or tonic) or one (or eight), mediant or three, dominant or five, subdominant or four, submediant or six, supertonic or two, and subtonic or seven. Chromatic tones are temporary members of a key, under such names as “ sharp four,” “flat seven,” etc. Scales and tunes of every variety are made from the tones of a key. (b) The fundamental tone of a movement to which its modulations are referred, and with which it generally begins and ends; keynote.
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Both warbling of one song, both in one key. Shak.
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11. Fig: The general pitch or tone of a sentence or utterance.
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You fall at once into a lower key. Cowper.
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12. (Teleg.) A metallic lever by which the circuit of the sending or transmitting part of a station equipment may be easily and rapidly opened and closed; as, a telegraph key.
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13. any device for closing or opening an electric circuit, especially as part of a keyboard, as that used at a computer terminal or teletype terminal.
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14. A simplified version or analysis which accompanies something as a clue to its explanation, a book or table containing the solutions to problems, ciphers, allegories, or the like; or (Biol.) a table or synopsis of conspicuous distinguishing characters of members of a taxonomic group.
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15. (Computers) A word or other combination of symbols which serves as an index identifying and pointing to a particular record, file, or location which can be retrieved and displayed by a computer program; as, a database using multi-word keys. When the key is a word, it is also called a keyword.
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Key bed. Same as Key seat. -- Key bolt, a bolt which has a mortise near the end, and is secured by a cotter or wedge instead of a nut. Key bugle. See Kent bugle. -- Key of a position or Key of a country. (Mil.) See Key, 4. -- Key seat (Mach.), a bed or groove to receive a key which prevents one part from turning on the other. -- Key way, a channel for a key, in the hole of a piece which is keyed to a shaft; an internal key seat; -- called also key seat. -- Key wrench (Mach.), an adjustable wrench in which the movable jaw is made fast by a key. -- Power of the keys (Eccl.), the authority claimed by the ministry in some Christian churches to administer the discipline of the church, and to grant or withhold its privileges; -- so called from the declaration of Christ, “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. xvi. 19.
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Key
Key (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Keved (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Keying.] 1. To fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges. Francis.
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2. (Computers) To enter (text, data) using keys, especially those on a keyboard; to keyboard; as, to key the data in by hand.
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3. To adjust so as to be maximally effective in a particular situation; -- of actions, plans, or speech; as, to key one's campaign speech to each local audience.
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4. To furnish with a key or keys.
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To key up. (a) (Arch.) To raise (the whole ring of an arch) off its centering, by driving in the keystone forcibly. (b) (Mus.) To raise the pitch of. (c) Hence, (fig.), to produce nervous tension in; as, the whole team was keyed up for the championship game.
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key
key (?), a. Essential; most important; as, the key fact in the inquiry; the president was the key player inthe negotiations.
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Keyage
Key"age (?), n. [OF. caiage, F. guayage. See 1st Key, Quay.] Wharfage; quayage.
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Keyboard
Key"board` (?), n. The whole arrangement, or one range, of the keys{3} of an organ, piano, typewriter, etc.; that part of a device containing the keys{3} used to operate it.
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Key-cold
Key"-cold` (?), a. Cold as a metallic key; lifeless. [Formerly, a proverbial expression.] Shak. Milton.
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Keyed
Keyed (kēd), a. Furnished with keys; as, a keyed instrument; also, set to a key, as a tune.
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Keyed bugle. See Kent bugle.
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Key fruit
Key fruit. (Bot.) A samara.
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Keyhole
Key"hole` (?), n. 1. A hole or apertupe in a door or lock, for receiving a key.
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2. (a) (Carp.) A hole or excavation in beams intended to be joined together, to receive the key which fastens them. (b) (Mach.) a mortise for a key or cotter.
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Keyhole limpet (Zool.), a marine gastropod of the genus Fissurella and allied genera. See Fissurella. -- Keyhole saw, a narrow, slender saw, used in cutting keyholes, etc., as in doors; a kind of compass saw or fret saw. -- Keyhole urchin (Zool.), any one of numerous clypeastroid sea urchins, of the genera Melitta, Rotula, and Encope; -- so called because they have one or more perforations resembling keyholes.
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keyless
keyless adj. lacking or not requiring a key; as, a keyless lock operated by a series of pushbuttons. Opposite of keyed.
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Keynes
Keynes prop. n. John Maynard Keynes, the british economist (1883-1946) whose book “The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money” (Macmillan, 1936) had a strong influence on views of the government's role in the economy through the 1970's. See Keynesian.
Syn. -- John Maynard Keynes.
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Keynesian
Keynesian adj. 1. Of or pertaining to John Maynard Keynes; conforming to the theories of Keynesianism; -- especially, the term is used to refer to the macroeconomic theories and politico-economic policies proposed by Keynes and his followers, especially in regards to their advocacy of governmental action to maintain low unemployment through government spending. Keynes's book “The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money” (Macmillan, 1936) had a strong influence on views of the government's role in the economy through the 1970's. [wns=1]
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2. A believer in the theories of Keynesianism.
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Keynesianism
Keynesianism adj. the macroeconomic theories and politico-economic policies of British economist John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) and his followers; -- used especially in reference to their advocacy of governmental action to maintain low unemployment through government spending. See Keynes.
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Keynote
Key"note` (?), n. 1. (Mus.) The tonic or first tone of the scale in which a piece or passage is written; the fundamental tone of the chord, to which all the modulations of the piece are referred; -- called also key tone.
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2. The fundamental fact or idea; that which gives the key; as, the keynote of a policy or a sermon.
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Keyseat
Key"seat` (?), v. t. To form a key seat, as by cutting. See Key seat, under Key.
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Keystone
Key"stone` (?), n. (Arch.) The central or topmost stone of an arch. This in some styles is made different in size from the other voussoirs, or projects, or is decorated with carving. See Illust. of Arch.
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Keystone State
Key"stone` State. Pennsylvania; -- a nickname alluding to its having been the central one of the 13 original United States, at the time of formation of the Constitution.
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Key tone
Key" tone` (?) n. (Mus.) See Keynote.
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Keyway
Key"way` (?), n. See Key way, under Key.
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keyword
key"word` (?), n. A word used as an entry point into an index which serves to identify files, records, texts, or other data containing the keyword or some related word, such as a synonym. It is a type of key{15}; as, a boolean combination of keywords is more effective for information retrieval than a single key{15}.
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Khaki
Kha"ki (kä"k&euptack_;), a. [Hind. khākī, lit., dusty, dust-colored, fr. Per. khāk dust.] Of a dull brownish yellow, or drab color; -- applied to cloth, originally to a stout brownish cotton cloth, used in making uniforms in the Anglo-Indian army. In the United States service the summer uniform of cotton is officially designated khaki; the winter uniform of wool, olive drab.
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Khaki
Kha"ki, n. Any kind of khaki cloth; hence, a uniform of khaki or, rarely, a soldier clad in khaki. In the United States and British armies khaki or cloth of a very similar color is almost exclusively used for service in the field.
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Khaliff
Kha"liff (?), n. See Caliph.
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Khalkha
Khalka
Khalka, Khalkha n. the dialect of Mongolian that is the official language of the Mongolian People's Republic.
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Khamsin
Kham*sin` (?), n. Same as Kamsin.
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Khan
Khan (?), n. [Pers. & Tart. khān.] [Also kan, kaun.] A king; a prince; a chief; a governor; -- so called among the Tartars, Turks, and Persians, and in countries now or formerly governed by them.
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Khan
Khan, n. [Per. khān, khānah, house, tent, inn.] An Eastern inn or caravansary. [Written also kawn.]
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Khanate
Khan*ate (&unr_;), n. Dominion or jurisdiction of a khan.
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Kharkov
Kharkov prop. n. A city in Ukraine; -- its former capital.
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Khaya
Kha"ya (?), n. (Bot.) A lofty West African tree (Khaya Senegalensis), related to the mahogany, which it resembles in the quality of the wood. The bark is used as a febrifuge.
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Khedive
Khe`dive" (?), n. [F. khédive, Pers. khediw a prince.] A governor or viceroy; -- a title granted in 1867 by the sultan of Turkey to the ruler of Egypt.
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Khenna
Khen"na (?), n. See Henna.
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Kholah
Kho"lah (?), n. (Zool.) The Indian jackal.
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Kholsun
Khol"sun (&unr_;), n. (Zool.) The dhole.
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Khond
Khond (?), n. A Dravidian of a group of tribes of Orissa, India, a section of whom were formerly noted for their cruel human sacrifices to the earth goddess, murder of female infants, and marriage by capture.
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Khutbah
Khut"bah (?), n. [Ar.] An address or public prayer read from the steps of the pulpit in Muslim mosques, offering glory to God, praising Mohammed and his descendants, and the ruling princes.
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Ki
Ki prop. n. The Sumerian goddess personifying earth; the counterpart of Akkadian Aruru.
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kiaat
kiaat n. a deciduous South African tree (Pterocarpus angolensis) having large odd-pinnate leaves and profuse fragrant orange-yellow flowers; it yields a red juice and heavy strong durable wood.
Syn. -- bloodwood tree, Pterocarpus angolensis.
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Kiabooca wood
Ki`a*boo"ca wood` (?) n. See Kyaboca wood.
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Kiang
Ki*ang" (?), n. (Zool.) The dziggetai.
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Kibble
Kib"ble (?), v. t. To bruise; to grind coarsely; as, kibbled oats. [Prov.Eng.] Halliwell.
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Kibble
Kib"ble, n. A large iron bucket used in Cornwall and Wales for raising ore out of mines. [Prov. Eng.] [Written also kibbal.]
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Kibblings
Kib"blings (?), n. pl. Portions of small fish used for bait on the banks of Newfoundland.
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kibbutz
kib*butz" (k&ibreve_;b*b&oobreve_;ts; k&ibreve_;b*b&oomacr_;ts), n.; pl. Kibbutzim. [Modern Hebrew kibbutz gathering.] an Israeli communal{2} form of agricultural settlement. Originally it was predominantly agricultural and practiced a very high level of sharing, including collective rearing of children. More recently (by 1998) industries have taken over a significant role in the Kibbutz economy, and the level of sharing has dropped significantly. Of several Modern Hebrew words designating unique Israeli forms of agricultural settlement, only the word Kibbutz found its way into English. This may reflect the fact that the Kibbutzim, and only they, have long practiced hosting foreign volunteers from all over the world: youngsters who work on the Kibbutz not for a salary but for boarding and food. Many volunteers come from English speaking countries, and probably via them the word Kibbutz entered modern English dictionaries.
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kibbutznik
kib*butz"nik (k&ibreve_;b*b&oobreve_;ts"n&ibreve_;k; k&ibreve_;b*b&oomacr_;ts"n&ibreve_;k), n. [kibbutz + -nik.] a member of a kibbutz.
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Kibe
Kibe (?), n. [W. cib + gwst pain, sickness.] A chap or crack in the flesh occasioned by cold; an ulcerated chilblain. “He galls his kibe.” Shak.
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Kibed
Kibed (?), a. Chapped; cracked with cold; affected with chilblains; as, kibed heels. Beau. & Fl.
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Kibitka
Ki*bit"ka (?), n.; pl. Kibitkas (&unr_;). [Russ.] 1. A tent used by the Kirghiz Tartars.
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2. A rude kind of Russian vehicle, on wheels or on runners, sometimes covered with cloth or leather, and often used as a movable habitation.
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Kiblah
Kib"lah (&unr_;), n. See Keblah.
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Kibosh
Ki"bosh (?), n. 1. Nonsense; stuff; also, fashion; style. [Slang]
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2. Portland cement when thrown or blown into the recesses of carved stonework to intensify the shadows.

To put the kibosh on, to dispose of; to squelch; to terminate; put an end to; to do for. [Slang]
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Kiby
Kib"y (?), a. Affected with kibes. Skelton.
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Kichil
Kich"il (?), n. [Obs.] See Kechil. Chaucer.
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Kick
Kick (k&ibreve_;k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kicked (k&ibreve_;kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Kicking.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.] 1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog.
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He [Frederick the Great] kicked the shins of his judges. Macaulay.
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2. To evict or remove from a place or position, usually with out or off; as, they kicked him off the staff; he was kicked out of the restaurant; the landlord kicked them out of the apartment for making too much noise.
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3. (Sport) To score (goals or points) by kicking; as, they kicked three field goals in the game.
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4. To discontinue; -- usually used of habitual activities; as, to kick a habit; he kicked his drug habit.
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To kick the beam, to fit up and strike the beam; -- said of the lighter arm of a loaded balance; hence, to be found wanting in weight. Milton. -- To kick the bucket, to lose one's life; to die. [Colloq. & Low] -- To kick oneself, to experience strong regret; as, he kicked himself for not investing in the stock market in 1995.
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Kick
Kick, v. i. 1. To thrust out the foot or feet with violence; to strike out with the foot or feet, as in defense or in bad temper; esp., to strike backward, as a horse does, or to have a habit of doing so. Hence, (figuratively): To show ugly resistance, opposition, or hostility; to spurn.
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I should kick, being kicked. Shak.
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2. To recoil; -- said of a musket, cannon, etc.; also called kick back.
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3. (Football) To make a kick as an offensive play.
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4. To complain strenuously; to object vigorously.
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5. To resist.
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Kick
Kick, n. 1. A blow with the foot or feet; a striking or thrust with the foot.
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A kick, that scarce would move a horse,
May kill a sound divine.
Cowper.
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2. The projection on the tang of the blade of a pocket knife, which prevents the edge of the blade from striking the spring. See Illust. of Pocketknife.
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3. (Brickmaking) A projection in a mold, to form a depression in the surface of the brick.
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4. The recoil of a musket or other firearm, when discharged.
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5. A surge of pleasure; a thrill; -- usually used in the phrase get a kick out of; as, I always get a kick out of watching an ice skater do a quadruple jump. [informal]
Syn. -- bang{3}.
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Kickable
Kick"a*ble (?), a. Capable or deserving of being kicked. “A kickable boy.” G. Eliot.
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Kickapoos
Kick`a*poos" (?), prop. n. pl.; sing. Kickapoo (&unr_;). (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians which formerly occupied the region of Northern Illinois, allied in language to the Sacs and Foxes.
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kickback
kick"back` (?), n. 1. recoil, of a gun or machine, as in older automobile engines when started by turning a crank.
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2. A secret, and usually illegal, payment, by a recipient of money paid for goods or services, to a facilitator of the transaction, of a portion of that money; specifically, any portion of a gain made by the seller in a commercial transaction which is returned surreptitiously and illegally to a person (such as a purchasing agent) who authorized or recommended the purchase. It is generally considered a form of bribe.
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kick back
kick` back" (?), v. i. To recoil; -- of guns and machines.
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kick back
kick` back" (?), v. t. To pay (a kickback); as, they kicked back five percent of the sales price.
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Kicker
Kick"er, n. 1. One who, or that which, kicks.
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2. A fact, condition, or circumstance, sometimes concealed or not obvious, which reduces or eliminates the benefit of an apparently advantageous situation; a joker{5}; as, under the Soviet system, bread was good and cheap, but the kicker was that you waited in line for hours to get any, if it was available. [informal]
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3. Hence: An unforeseen added expense or additional cost; as, the printer was cheap, but the special paper it needed was an expensive kicker.
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kicking
kicking n. The act of delivering a blow with the foot.
Syn. -- kick, boot.
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alive and kicking alive and vigorously active.
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kickoff
kickoff n. (Football) 1. A kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score.
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2. the time at which an event or activity begins.
Syn. -- beginning, commencement, first, outset, start, starting time, offset.
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kick off
kick` off" v. i. (Football) To kick the football from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score; as, they kicked off at two o'clock.
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kick off
kick` off" v. t. to begin; to commence; as, they kicked off the rally with a playing of the national anthem.
Syn. -- begin, commence, start.
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Kickshaw
Kick"shaw` (?), n. See Kickshaws, the correct singular.
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Kickshaws
Kick"shaws` (?), n.; pl. Kickshawses (#) [Corrupt. fr. F. quelque chose something, fr. L. qualis of what kind (akin to E. which) + suffix -guam + causa cause, in LL., a thing. See Which, and Cause.] 1. Something fantastical; any trifling, trumpery thing; a toy.
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Art thou good at these kickshawses! Shak.
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2. A fancy dish; a tidbit; a delicacy.
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Some pigeons, . . . a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws. Shak.
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Cressy was lost by kickshaws and soup-maigre. Fenton.
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Kickshoe
Kick"shoe` (?), n. A kickshaws. Milton.

Kicky-wisky
Kicksy-wicksy
{ Kick"sy-wick`sy (?), Kick"y-wisk`y (?) }, n. That which is restless and uneasy.
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&hand_; Kicky-wicky, or, in some editions, Kicksy-wicksy, is applied contemptuously to a wife by Shakespeare, in “All's Well that Ends Well,” ii. 3, 297.
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Kicksy-wicksy
Kick"sy-wick`sy, a. Fantastic; restless; as, kicksy-wicksy flames. Nares.
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Kickup
Kick"up (?), n. (Zool.) The water thrush or accentor. [Local, West Indies]
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Kid
Kid (k&ibreve_;d), n. [Of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. kið, Dan. & Sw. kid; akin to OHG. kizzi, G. kitz, kitzchen, kitzlein.] 1. (Zool.) A young goat.
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The . . . leopard shall lie down with the kid. Is. xi. 6.
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2. A young child or infant; hence, a simple person, easily imposed on. [Slang] Charles Reade.
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3. A kind of leather made of the skin of the young goat, or of the skin of rats, etc.; kidskin.
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4. pl. Gloves made of kidskin; kid gloves. [Colloq. & Low]
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5. A small wooden mess tub; -- a name given by sailors to one in which they receive their food. Cooper.
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6. Among pugilists, thieves, gunfighters, etc., a youthful expert; -- chiefly used attributively; as, kid Jones. [Cant]
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Kid
Kid, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kidded; p. pr. & vb. n. Kidding.] To bring forth a young goat.
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Kid
Kid, a. Made of kidskin; as, kid gloves.
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Kid
Kid, v. t. 1. To talk with in a joking or jesting manner; as, she kidded him about his freckles. Often used with around; as, he was just kidding around about the fire
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2. To jokingly tell a false story to; to fool; as, John told Pete that he had talked to the movie star, but he was only kidding him..
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Kid
Kid, v. i. To tell a false story, as a jest; as, he was kidding about being a pilot. “Are you kidding?”
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Kid
Kid, n. [Cf. W. cidysen.] A fagot; a bundle of heath and furze. [Prov. Eng.] Wright.
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Kid
Kid, p. p. of Kythe. [Obs.] Gower. Chaucer.
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Kid
Kid, v. t. See Kiddy, v. t. [Slang]
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Kidde
Kid"de (?), imp. of Kythe. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Kidderminster
Kid"der*min`ster (?), n. A kind of ingrain carpeting, named from the English town where formerly most of it was manufactured.
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Kiddier
Kid"di*er (?), n. [Cf. OSw. kyta to truck.] A huckster; a cadger. [Obs.] Halliwell.
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Kiddle
Kid"dle (?), n. [Cf. LL. kidellus, Armor. kiāel] A kind of basketwork weir in a river, for catching fish. [Improperly spelled kittle.]
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Kiddow
Kid"dow (?), n. (Zool.) The guillemot. [Written also kiddaw.] [Prov. Eng.]
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Kiddy
Kid"dy (?), v. t. To deceive; to outwit; to hoax. [Slang] Dickens.
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Kiddy
Kid"dy, n. A young fellow; formerly, a low thief. [Slang, Eng.]
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Kiddyish
Kid"dy*ish, a. Frolicsome; sportive. [Slang]
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Kid fox
Kid" fox` (?) n. (Zool.) A young fox. Shak.
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Kidling
Kid"ling (?), n. [Kid + -ling: cf. Sw. kidling.] A young kid.
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Kidnap
Kid"nap` (k&ibreve_;d"năp`), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kidnaped (k&ibreve_;d"năpt`) or Kidnapped; p. pr. & vb. n. Kidnaping or Kidnapping.] [Kid a child + Prov. E. nap to seize, to grasp. Cf. Knab, Knap, Nab.] To take (any one) by force or fear, and against one's will, with intent to carry to another place. Abbott.
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You may reason or expostulate with the parents, but never attempt to kidnap their children, and to make proselytes of them. Whately.
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&hand_; Originally used only of stealing children, but now extended in application to any human being, involuntarily abducted.

Kidnapper
Kidnaper
{ Kid"nap`er (k&ibreve_;d"năp`&etilde_;r), or Kid"nap`per }, n. One who steals or forcibly carries away a human being; a manstealer.
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kidnapping
kidnapping n. the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment.
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Kidney
Kid"ney (k&ibreve_;d"n&ybreve_;), n.; pl. Kidneys (k&ibreve_;d"n&ibreve_;z). [OE. kidnei, kidnere, from Icel. koiðr belly, womb (akin to Goth. gipus, AS. cwiþ womb) + OE. nere kidney; akin to D. nier, G. niere, OHG. nioro, Icel. n&ymacr_;ra, Dan. nyre, Sw. njure, and probably to Gr. nefro`s Cf. Kite belly.]
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1. (Anat.) A glandular organ which excretes urea and other waste products from the animal body; a urinary gland.
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&hand_; In man and in other mammals there are two kidneys, one on each side of vertebral column in the back part of the abdomen, each kidney being connected with the bladder by a long tube, the ureter, through which the urine is constantly excreted into the bladder to be periodically discharged.
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2. Habit; disposition; sort; kind; as, a man of a different kidney. Shak.
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There are in later times other decrees, made by popes of another kidney. Barrow.
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Millions in the world of this man's kidney. L'Estrange.
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Your poets, spendthrifts, and other fools of that kidney, pretend, forsooth, to crack their jokes on prudence. Burns.
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&hand_; This use of the word perhaps arose from the fact that the kidneys and the fat about them are an easy test of the condition of an animal as to fatness. “Think of that, -- a man of my kidney; -- . . . as subject to heat as butter.” Shak.
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3. A waiter. [Old Cant] Tatler.
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Floating kidney. See Wandering kidney, under Wandering. -- Kidney bean (Bot.), a sort of bean; -- so named from its shape. It is of the genus Phaseolus (Phaseolus vulgaris). See under Bean. -- Kidney ore (Min.), a variety of hematite or iron sesquioxide, occurring in compact kidney-shaped masses. -- Kidney stone. (Min.) See Nephrite, and Jade. -- Kidney vetch (Bot.), a leguminous herb of Europe and Asia (Anthyllis vulneraria), with cloverlike heads of red or yellow flowers, once used as a remedy for renal disorders, and also to stop the flow of blood from wounds; lady's-fingers.

Kidney-shaped
Kidney-form
{ Kid"ney-form` (?), Kid"ney-shaped` (?), } a. Having the form or shape of a kidney; reniform; as, a kidney-shaped leaf; a kidney-shaped swimming pool. Gray.
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Kidneywort
Kid"ney*wort` (?), n. (Bot.) (a) A kind of saxifrage (Saxifrage stellaris). (b) The navelwort.
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kidskin
kidskin n. A soft smooth leather from the hide of a young goat; kid{3}.
Syn. -- kid.
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Kie
Kie (?), n. pl. [Cf. Kee.] Kine; cows. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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Kiefekil
Kie"fe*kil (?), n. [Per. keff foam, scum + gil clay, mud.] (Min.) A species of clay; meerschaum. [Also written keffekil.]
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Kier
Kier (?), n. [Icel. ker a tub.] (Bleaching) A large tub or vat in which goods are subjected to the action of hot lye or bleaching liquor; -- also called keeve.
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Kieselguhr
Kie"sel*guhr` (?), n. [G., fr. kiesel flint + guhr an earthy deposit or sediment in water.] Siliceous earth; diatomaceous earth; specifically, porous infusorial earth, used as an absorbent of nitroglycerin in the manufacture of dynamite.
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Kieserite
Kie"ser*ite (?), n. [Named after Prof. Kieser, of Jena.] (Min.) Hydrous sulphate of magnesia found at the salt mines of Stassfurt, Prussian Saxony.
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Kieve
Kieve (?), n. See Keeve, n.
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Kiggelaria
Kiggelaria n. A small genus of South African shrubs or small trees.
Syn. -- genus Kiggelaria.
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Kike
Kike (kīk), v. i. [Cf. D. kijken, Sw. kika.] To gaze; to stare. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Kike
Kike (k&ibreve_;k), v. t. & i. To kick. [Obs.] Chaucer.

kike
kike (kīk), n. A derogatory name for a jew, usually intended and taken as disparaging and offensive.
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kildeer
kildeer n. Same as killdeer.
Syn. -- killdeer, killdeer plover, Charadrius vociferus.
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Kilderkin
Kil"der*kin (?), n. [OD. kindeken, kinneken, a small barrel, orig., a little child, fr. kind child; akin to G. kind, and to E. kin.] A small barrel; an old liquid measure containing eighteen English beer gallons, or nearly twenty-two gallons, United States measure. [Written also kinderkin.]
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Kilerg
Kil"erg` (?), n. [Kilo- + erg.] (Physics) A unit of work equal to one thousand ergs.
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kiley
kiley n. An Australian boomerang, having one side flat and the other convex.
Syn. -- kylie.
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Kilkenny cats
Kil*ken"ny cats (?) n. Two cats fabled, in an Irish story, to have fought till nothing was left but their tails. It is probably a parable of a local contest between Kilkenny and Irishtown, which impoverished both towns.
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Kill
Kill (k&ibreve_;l), n. A kiln. [Obs.] Fuller.
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Kill
Kill, n. [D. kil.] A channel or arm of the sea; a river; a stream; as, the channel between Staten Island and Bergen Neck is the Kill van Kull, or the Kills; -- used also in composition; as, Schuylkill, Catskill, etc.
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Kill
Kill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Killed (k&ibreve_;ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Killing.] [OE. killen, kellen, cullen, to kill, strike; perh. the same word as cwellen, quellen, to kill (cf. Quell), or perh. rather akin to Icel. kolla to hit in the head, harm, kollr top, summit, head, Sw. kulle, D. kollen to kill with the ax.] 1. To deprive of life, animal or vegetable, in any manner or by any means; to render inanimate; to put to death; to slay.
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Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words ! Shak.
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2. To destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill the sale of a book. “To kill thine honor.” Shak.
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Her lively color kill'd with deadly cares. Shak.
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3. To cause to cease; to quell; to calm; to still; as, in seamen's language, a shower of rain kills the wind; new sound insultation killed the loud noises from outside.
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Be comforted, good madam; the great rage,
You see, is killed in him.
Shak.
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4. To destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize; as, alkali kills acid.
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5. To waste or spend unprofitably; -- usually used of time; as, he killed an hour waiting for the doctor to see him.
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6. To cancel or forbid publication of (a report, article, etc.), after it has been written; as, they killed the article after getting threats of a lawsuit.
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To kill time, to busy one's self with something which occupies the attention, or makes the time pass without tediousness.

Syn. -- To murder; assassinate; slay; butcher; destroy. -- To Kill, Murder, Assassinate. To kill does not necessarily mean any more than to deprive of life. A man may kill another by accident or in self-defense, without the imputation of guilt. To murder is to kill with malicious forethought and intention. To assassinate is to murder suddenly and by stealth. The sheriff may kill without murdering; the duelist murders, but does not assassinate his antagonist; the assassin kills and murders.

Kill
Kill (?), n. 1. The act of killing.

“There is none like to me!” says the cub in the pride of his earliest kill. Kipling.
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2. An animal killed in the hunt, as by a beast of prey.

If ye plunder his kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride. Kipling.
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killable
killable adj. fit to kill, especially for food.
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Killdeer
Killdee
{ Kill"dee` (?), Kill"deer` (?), } n. [So named from its notes.] (Zool.) A small American plover (Charadrius vociferus, formerly Aegialitis vocifera) of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry. The adult has two black bands around the neck and upper breast, but the young chick has only the breast band. It ranges from Canada to Mexico and the West Indies.
Syn. -- kildeer, killdeer plover, Charadrius vociferus.
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&hand_; It is dark grayish brown above; the rump and upper tail coverts are yellowish rufous; the belly, throat, and a line over the eyes, white; a ring round the neck and band across the breast, black.
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Killer
Kill"er (?), n. 1. One who deprives of life; one who, or that which, kills.
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2. (Zool.) A voracious, toothed whale of the genus Orca, of which several species are known; called also killer whale.
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&hand_; The killers have a high dorsal fin, and powerful jaws armed with large, sharp teeth. They capture, and swallow entire, large numbers of seals, porpoises, and dolphins, and are celebrated for their savage, combined attacks upon the right whales, which they are said to mutilate and kill. The common Atlantic species (Orca gladiator), is found both on the European and the American coast. Two species (Orca ater and Orca rectipinna) occur on the Pacific coast.
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Killer whale
Kill"er whale` (?), n. see killer{2}.
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Killesse
Kil*lesse" (?), n. [Cf. Coulisse.] (Arch.) (a) A gutter, groove, or channel. (b) A hipped roof. [Prov. Eng.] Parker.
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Killifish
Kil"li*fish` (?), n. (Zool.) Any one of several small American cyprinodont fishes of the genus Fundulus and allied genera. They live equally well in fresh and brackish water, or even in the sea. They are usually striped or barred with black. Called also minnow, and brook fish. See Minnow.
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Killigrew
Kil"li*grew (?), n. (Zool.) The Cornish chough. See under Chough. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
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Killikinick
Kil`li*ki*nick" (?), n. See Kinnikinic.
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Killing
Kill"ing (?), a. Literally, that kills; having power to kill; fatal; in a colloquial sense, conquering; captivating; irresistible. -- Kill"ing*ly, adv.
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Those eyes are made so killing. Pope.
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Nothing could be more killingly spoken. Milton.
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killing
kill"ing (?), n. 1. The act or process of causing a living organism to die.
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2. An unusually large gain in a financial or business transaction or enterprise; as, she made a killing trading cattle futures.
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Kill-joy
Kill"-joy` (?), n. One who causes gloom or grief; a dispiriting person; a spoilsport. W. Black.
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Killock
Kil"lock (?), n. [Cf. Scot. killick “the flue [fluke] of an anchor.” Jamieson.] A small anchor; also, a kind of anchor formed by a stone inclosed by pieces of wood fastened together. [Written also killick.]
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Killow
Kil"low (?), n. [Prov. E. kollow the smut or grime on the backs of chimneys.] An earth of a blackish or deep blue color. Woodward.
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Kiln
Kiln (k&ibreve_;ln or k&ibreve_;l), n. [OE. kilne, kulne, AS. cyln, cylen; akin to Icel. kylna; prob. from the same source as coal. See Coal.] 1. A large stove or oven; a furnace of brick or stone, or a heated chamber, for the purpose of hardening, burning, or drying anything; as, a kiln for baking or hardening earthen vessels; a kiln for drying grain, meal, lumber, etc.; a kiln for calcining limestone.
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2. A furnace for burning bricks; a brickkiln.
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Kiln-dry
Kiln"-dry` (?), v. t. To dry in a kiln; as, to kiln-dry meal or grain. Mortimer.
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Kilnhole
Kiln"hole` (?), n. The mouth or opening of an oven or kiln. Shak.
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Kilo
Ki"lo (?), n.; pl. Kilos (#). [F.] An abbreviation of Kilogram.
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Kilo-
Kil"o- (?) pref. [F. kilo-. See Kilogram.] A combining form used to signify thousand in forming the names of units of measurement; as, kilogram, kilometer, kilowatt, etc.
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Kilogramme
Kilogram
{ Kil"o*gram (?), Kil"o*gramme }, n. [F. kilogramme; pref. kilo- (fr. Gr. chi`lioi a thousand ) + gramme. See 3d Gram.] A measure of mass and weight, being a thousand grams, equal to 2.2046226 pounds avoirdupois (15,432.34 grains). It is nearly equal to the mass of a cubic decimeter of distilled water at the temperature of maximum density, or 39° Fahrenheit. See 3rd gram.
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Kilogrammetre
Kilogrammeter
{ Kil"o*gram*me`ter (?), Kil"o*gram*me`tre }, n. (Mech.) A measure of energy or work done, being the amount expended in raising one kilogram through the height of one meter, in the latitude of Paris.
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Kilolitre
Kiloliter
{ Kil"o*li`ter (?), Kil"o*li`tre }, n. [F. kilolitre. See Kilogram, and Liter.] A measure of capacity equal to a cubic meter, or a thousand liters. It is equivalent to 35.315 cubic feet, and to 220.04 imperial gallons, or 264.18 American gallons of 321 cubic inches.
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Kilometre
Kilometer
{ Kil"o*me`ter (?), Kil"o*me`tre }, n. [F. kilometre. See Kilogram, and Meter.] A measure of length, being a thousand meters. It is equal to 3,280.84 feet, or 0.62137119 of a mile.
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Kilostere
Kil"o*stere` (?), n. [F. kilostere. See Kilogram, and Stere.] A cubic measure containing 1000 cubic meters, and equivalent to 35,315 cubic feet.
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Kilovolt
Kil"o*volt` (?), n. [Kilo- + volt.] (Elec.) A unit of electromotive force equal to one thousand volts.
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Kilowatt
Kil"o*watt (?), n. [See Kilogram and Watt.] (Elec.) One thousand watts.
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Kilowatt hour
Kil"o*watt` hour. (Elec.) A unit of work or energy equal to that done by one kilowatt acting for one hour; -- approximately equal to 1.34 horse-power hour.
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Kilt
Kilt (&unr_;), p. p. from Kill. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Kilt
Kilt, n. [OGael. cealt clothes, or rather perh. fr. Dan. kilte op to truss, tie up, tuck up.] A kind of short petticoat, reaching from the waist to the knees, worn in the Highlands of Scotland by men, and in the Lowlands by young boys; a filibeg. [Written also kelt.]
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Kilt
Kilt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kilted; p. pr. & vb. n. Kilting.] To tuck up; to truss up, as the clothes. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
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Kilted
Kilt"ed, a. 1. Having on a kilt.
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2. Plaited after the manner of kilting.
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3. Tucked or fastened up; -- said of petticoats, etc.
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kilter
kil"ter (k&ibreve_;l"t&etilde_;r), n. [Cf. Gael. & Ir. cealt clothes, Gael. cealltair spear, castle, cause, Prov. E. kilter tool, instrument. Cf. Kilt.] Regular order or proper condition. Same as kelter, but kilter is the more common spelling in the U. S. Used chiefly in the phrase out of kilter, meaning out of order or irregular in some manner. [Also spelled kelter.]
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Kilting
Kilt"ing (?), n. (Dressmaking) A perpendicular arrangement of flat, single plaits, each plait being folded so as to cover half the breadth of the preceding one.
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Kimbo
Kim"bo (?), a. [Cf. Akimbo.] Crooked; arched; bent. [Written also kimbow.] Dryden.
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Kimmerian
Kim*me"ri*an (?), a. See Cimmerian.
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Kimnel
Kim"nel (?), n. A tub. See Kemelin. [Obs.]
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She knew not what a kimnel was Beau. & Fl.
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kimono
ki*mo"no (k&ibreve_;*mō"nō; Jap. k&ibreve_;m"ō*nō), n.; pl. -nos (k&ibreve_;*mō"nōz). [Jap., article of clothing, fr. ki to wear + mono thing.] 1. A kind of loose robe or gown tied with a sash, worn as a traditional outer garment by Japanese women and men. Women may wear it with a broad sash called an obi, having a large bow in the back. At present (1998), most Japanese wear it only at home or on ceremonial occasions, western-style clothing being more common in the workplace.
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2. A similar gown worn as a dressing gown by women of Western nations.
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Kimry
Kim"ry (?), n. See Cymry.
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-kin
-kin (-k&ibreve_;n) suff. [Of Low German origin; cf. G. -chen, LG. -- ken.] A diminutive suffix; as, manikin; lambkin.
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Kin
Kin (k&ibreve_;n), n. (Mus.) A primitive Chinese instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings. Riemann.
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Kin
Kin, n. [OE. kin, cun, AS. cynn kin, kind, race, people; akin to cennan to beget, D. kunne sex, OS. & OHG. kunni kin, race, Icel. kyn, Goth. kuni, G. & D. kind a child, L. genus kind, race, L. gignere to beget, Gr. gi`gnesqai to be born, Skr. jan to beget. √44. Cf. Kind, King, Gender kind, Nation.] 1. Relationship, consanguinity, or affinity; connection by birth or marriage; kindred; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
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2. Relatives; persons of the same family or race.
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The father, mother, and the kin beside. Dryden.
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You are of kin, and so a friend to their persons. Bacon.
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Kine
Kin
{ Kin (k&ibreve_;n), n. Also Kine (kīn) }. [Gr. kinei^n to move.] (Physics) The unit velocity in the C. G. S. system -- a velocity of one centimeter per second.
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Kin
Kin, a. Of the same nature or kind; kinder.Kin to the king.” Shak.
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Kinaesodic
Kin`æ*sod"ic (?), a. (Physiol.) Kinesodic.
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kinaesthesis
kinaesthesia
kin`aes*the"sia, kin`aes*the"sis (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. kinei^n to move + &unr_; perception.] (Physiol.) The perception attendant upon the movements of the muscles; the sensation accompanying movement of the muscles. [Also spelled kin`es*the"sia and kin`es*the"sis.] Bastian.
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Kinesthetic
Kinaesthetic
{ Kin`æs*thet"ic (?), Kin`es*thet"ic }, a. Of, pertaining to, or involving, kinaesthesia.
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kinase
ki"nase (kī"nās), n. (Biochemistry) One of a class of enzymes that catalyze transfer of a phosphate group from ATP to another molecule; it is a type of phosphorylase.
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Kinate
Ki"nate (?), n. [Cf. F. kinate. ] (Chem.) See Quinate. [Obsolescent]
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Kinchinjunga
Kinchinjunga prop. n. same as Kanchenjunga.
Syn. -- Kanchenjunga, Kanchanjanga.
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Kincob
Kin"cob (?), n. India silk brocaded with flowers in silver or gold. -- a. Of the nature of kincob; brocaded. Thackeray.
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Kind
Kind (kīnd), a. [Compar. Kinder (kīnd"&etilde_;r); superl. Kindest.] [AS. cynde, gecynde, natural, innate, prop. an old p. p. from the root of E. kin. See Kin kindred.] 1. Characteristic of the species; belonging to one's nature; natural; native. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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It becometh sweeter than it should be, and loseth the kind taste. Holland.
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2. Having feelings befitting our common nature; congenial; sympathetic; as, a kind man; a kind heart.
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Yet was he kind, or if severe in aught,
The love he bore to learning was his fault.
Goldsmith.
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3. Showing tenderness or goodness; disposed to do good and confer happiness; averse to hurting or paining; benevolent; benignant; gracious.
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He is kind unto the unthankful and to evil. Luke vi 35.
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O cruel Death, to those you take more kind
Than to the wretched mortals left behind.
Waller.
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A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. Garrick.
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4. Proceeding from, or characterized by, goodness, gentleness, or benevolence; as, a kind act. “Manners so kind, yet stately.” Tennyson.
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5. Gentle; tractable; easily governed; as, a horse kind in harness.

Syn. -- Benevolent; benign; beneficent; bounteous; gracious; propitious; generous; forbearing; indulgent; tender; humane; compassionate; good; lenient; clement; mild; gentle; bland; obliging; friendly; amicable. See Obliging.
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Kind
Kind, n. [OE. kinde, cunde, AS. cynd. See Kind, a.] 1. Nature; natural instinct or disposition. [Obs.]
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He knew by kind and by no other lore. Chaucer.
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Some of you, on pure instinct of nature,
Are led by kind t'admire your fellow-creature.
Dryden.
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2. Race; genus; species; generic class; as, in mankind or humankind. “Come of so low a kind.” Chaucer.
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Every kind of beasts, and of birds. James iii.7.
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She follows the law of her kind. Wordsworth.
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Here to sow the seed of bread,
That man and all the kinds be fed.
Emerson.
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3. Sort; type; class; nature; style; character; fashion; manner; variety; description; as, there are several kinds of eloquence, of style, and of music; many kinds of government; various kinds of soil, etc.
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How diversely Love doth his pageants play,
And snows his power in variable kinds !
Spenser.
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There is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. I Cor. xv. 39.
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Diogenes was asked in a kind of scorn: What was the matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not rich men philosophers? Bacon.
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A kind of, something belonging to the class of; something like to; -- said loosely or slightingly. In kind, in the produce or designated commodity itself, as distinguished from its value in money.
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Tax on tillage was often levied in kind upon corn. Arbuthnot.

Syn. -- Sort; species; type; class; genus; nature; style; character; breed; set.
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Kind
Kind, v. t. [See Kin.] To beget. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Kindergarten
Kin"der*gar`ten (?), n. [G., lit., children's garden; kinder (pl. of kind child, akin to E. kin kindred) + garten garden.] 1. A class within a primary school or a separate school for young children, usually between the ages of four and six years, designed to adapt children to the classroom environment before beginning academic training, on the theory that education should be begun by gratifying and cultivating the normal aptitude for exercise, play, observation, imitation, and construction; -- a name given by Friedrich Froebel, a German educator, who introduced this method of training, in rooms opening on a garden.
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Kindergartner
Kin"der*gart`ner (?), n. One who teaches in a kindergarten.
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Kind-hearted
Kind"-heart`ed (?), a. Having kindness of nature; sympathetic; characterized by a humane disposition; as, a kind-hearted landlord.
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To thy self at least kind-hearted prove. Shak.
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Kind-heartedness
Kind"-heart`ed*ness, n. The state or quality of being kind-hearted; benevolence.
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Kindle
Kin"dle (?), v. t. & i. [OE. kindlen, cundlen. See Kind.] To bring forth young. [Obs.] Shak.
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The poor beast had but lately kindled. Holland.
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Kindle
Kin`dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kindled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kindling (?).] [Icel. kyndill candle, torch; prob. fr. L. candela; cf. also Icel. kynda to kindle. Cf. Candle.] 1. To set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle a match, or shavings.
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His breath kindleth coals. Job xii. 21.
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2. Fig.: To inflame, as the passions; to rouse; to provoke; to excite to action; to heat; to fire; to animate; to incite; as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle the flame of love, or love into a flame.
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So is a contentious man to kindle strife. Prov. xxvi. 21.
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Nothing remains but that I kindle the boy thither. Shak.
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Kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam. Milton.
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Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire. Dryden.

Syn. -- Enkindle; light; ignite; inflame; provoke; excite; arouse; stir up.
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Kindle
Kin"dle (k&ibreve_;n"d'l), v. i. 1. To take fire; to begin to burn with flame; to start as a flame.
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When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Is. xliii. 2.
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2. (Fig.): To begin to be excited; to grow warm or animated; to be roused or exasperated.
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On all occasions where forbearance might be called for, the Briton kindles, and the Christian gives way. I. Taylor.
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Kindler
Kin"dler (?), n. One who, or that which, kindles, stirs up, or sets on fire.Kindlers of riot.” Gay.
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Kindless
Kind"less (?), a. Destitute of kindness; unnatural. [Obs.]Kindless villain.” Shak.
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Kindliness
Kind"li*ness (?), n. 1. Natural inclination; natural course. [Obs.] Milton.
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2. The quality or state of being kindly; benignity; benevolence; gentleness; tenderness; as, kindliness of disposition, of treatment, or of words.
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In kind a father, but not in kindliness. Sackville.
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3. Softness; mildness; propitiousness; as, kindliness of weather, or of a season.
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Fruits and corn are much advanced by temper of the air and
kindliness of seasons.
Whitlock.
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Kindling
Kin"dling (k&ibreve_;n"dl&ibreve_;ng), n. 1. The act of causing to burn, or of exciting or inflaming the passions.

2. Materials, easily lighted, for starting a fire, such as small twigs or paper; -- also used in the pl..
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Kindly
Kind"ly (kīnd"l&ybreve_;), a. [Compar. Kindlier (kīnd"l&ibreve_;*&etilde_;r); superl. Kindliest.] [AS. cyndelic. See Kind, n. ]
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1. According to the kind or nature; natural. [R.]
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The kindly fruits of the earth. Book of Com. Prayer.
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An herd of bulls whom kindly rage doth sting. Spenser.
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Whatsoever as the Son of God he may do, it is kindly for
Him as the Son of Man to save the sons of men.
L. Andrews.
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2. Humane; congenial; sympathetic; hence, disposed to do good to; benevolent; gracious; kind; helpful; as, kindly affections, words, acts, etc.
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The shade by which my life was crossed, . . .
Has made me kindly with my kind.
Tennyson.
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3. Favorable; mild; gentle; auspicious; beneficent.
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In soft silence shed the kindly shower. Pope.
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Should e'er a kindlier time ensue. Wordsworth.
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&hand_; “Nothing ethical was connoted in kindly once: it was simply the adjective of kind. But it is God's ordinance that kind should be kindly, in our modern sense of the word as well; and thus the word has attained this meaning.” Trench.
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Kindly
Kind"ly, adv. 1. Naturally; fitly. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Examine how kindly the Hebrew manners of speech mix and incorporate with the English language Addison.
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2. In a kind manner; congenially; with good will; with a disposition to make others happy, or to oblige.
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Be kindly affectioned one to another, with brotherly love. Rom. xii. 10.
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Kindness
Kind"ness (?), n. [From Kind. a.] 1. The state or quality of being kind, in any of its various senses; manifestation of kind feeling or disposition beneficence.
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I do fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way.
Shak.
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Unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.
Wordsworth.
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2. A kind act; an act of good will; as, to do a great kindness.

Syn. -- Good will; benignity; grace; tenderness; compassion; humanity; clemency; mildness; gentleness; goodness; generosity; beneficence; favor.
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Kindred
Kin"dred (?), n. [OE. kinrede, kynrede, kunreden (with excrescent d), fr. AS. cynn kin, race + the termination -r&aemacr_;den, akin to AS. r&aemacr_;dan to advise, G. rathen. Cf. Hatred.] 1. Relationship by birth or marriage; consanguinity; affinity; kin.
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Like her, of equal kindred to the throne. Dryden.
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2. Relatives by blood or marriage, more properly the former; relations; persons related to each other.
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I think there's no man is secure
But the queen's kindred.
Shak.

Syn. -- Kin; kinsfolk; relatives; kinsmen; relations; relationship; affinity.
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Kindred
Kin"dred, a. Related; congenial; of the like nature or properties; as, kindred souls; kindred skies; kindred propositions.
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True to the kindred points of heaven and home. Wordsworth.
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Kine
Kine (kīn), n. pl. [For older kyen, formed like oxen, fr. AS. c&ymacr_;, itself pl. of cow. See Cow, and cf. Kee, Kie.] Cows. “A herd of fifty or sixty kine.” Milton.

Kinematical
Kinematic
{ Kin`e*mat"ic (?), Kin`e*mat"ic*al (?), } a. Of or pertaining to kinematics.
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Kinematic curves, curves produced by machinery, or a combination of motions, as distinguished from mathematical curves.
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Kinematics
Kin`e*mat"ics (?), n. [Gr. (&unr_;),(&unr_;) motion, fr. kinei^n to move.] (Physics) The science which treats of motions considered in themselves, or apart from their causes; the comparison and relation of motions.
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&hand_; Kinematics forms properly an introduction to mechanics, as involving the mathematical principles which are to be applied to its data of forces. Nichol.
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Kinepox
Kine"pox` (?), n. (Med.) See Cowpox.

Kin"e*scope (&unr_;), n. See Kinetoscope.
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Kinesiatrics
Kin`e*si*at"rics (?), n. [Gr. (&unr_;) motion (fr. kinei^n to move) + (&unr_;) pertaining to medicine, fr. (&unr_;) a physician.] (Med.) A mode of treating disease by appropriate muscular movements; -- also termed kinesitherapy, kinesipathy, lingism, and the movement cure.
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Kinesipathy
Kin`e*sip"a*thy (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; motion + pa`qos suffering.] (Med.) See Kinesiatrics.
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Kinesitherapy
Kin`e*si*ther"a*py (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; motion + &unr_; to heal.] (Med.) See Kinesiatrics.
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Kinesodic
Kin`e*sod"ic (?), a. [Gr. &unr_; motion + &unr_; way: cf. F. kinésodigue.] (Physiol.) Conveying motion; as, kinesodic substance; -- applied esp. to the spinal cord, because it is capable of conveying doth voluntary and reflex motor impulses, without itself being affected by motor impulses applied to it directly.
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kinetic
ki*net"ic (k&ibreve_;*n&ebreve_;t"&ibreve_;k or k&iuptack_;*n&ebreve_;t"&ibreve_;k), a. [Gr. kinhtiko`s, from kinei^n to move.] (Physics) Moving or causing motion; motory; active, as opposed to latent.
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Kinetic energy. See Energy, n. 4.
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kinesthetic
kinesthesis
kinesthesia
kin`es*the"sia, kin`es*the"sis kin`es*thet"ic See kinaesthesia, kinaesthesis, and kinaesthetic.
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kinesthetics
kin`es*thet"ics (k&ibreve_;n`&ebreve_;s*th&ebreve_;t"&ibreve_;ks), n. The ability to feel movements of the limbs and body.
Syn. -- kinesthesis, kinaesthesis, kinesthesia, kinaesthesia, muscle sense, sense of movement.
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kinetics
ki*net"ics (k&ibreve_;*n&ebreve_;t"&ibreve_;ks or k&iuptack_;*n&ebreve_;t"&ibreve_;ks), n. (Physics) See Dynamics.
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kinetogenesis
ki*ne`to*gen"e*sis (k&iuptack_;*nē`t&ouptack_;*j&ebreve_;n"&euptack_;*s&ibreve_;s), n. [Gr. kinhto`s movable + E. genesis.] (Biol.) The doctrine or hypothesis that animal structures have been produced, directly or indirectly, by animal movements.
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kinetoscope
ki*ne"to*scope (k&iuptack_;*nē`t&ouptack_;*skōp; 277), n. [Gr. kinhto`s movable + -scope.] An instrument for producing curves by the combination of circular movements; -- called also kinescope. Cope.
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kinetograph
ki*ne"to*graph (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; movable + -graph.] (Physics) (a) A camera for making chronophotographs. [obsolescent] (b) A machine for the projection of chronophotographs upon a screen for the purpose of producing the effect of an animated picture. [obsolescent] (c) A combined animated-picture machine and phonograph in which sounds appropriate to the scene are automatically uttered by the latter instrument. It has been superseded by recording techniques allowing the sounds to be recorded directly on the motion-picture film. [obsolescent]
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kinetophone
ki*ne"to*phone (?), n. [See Kinetic, Phone.] A machine combining a kinetoscope and a phonograph synchronized so as to reproduce a scene and its accompanying sounds. It has been superseded by recording techniques allowing the sounds to be recorded directly on the motion-picture film. [obsolescent]
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Kinetoscope
Ki*ne"to*scope (?), n. [Originally a tradename, 1894.] An obsolete form of moving picture viewer, in which a film carrying successive instantaneous views of a moving scene travels uniformly through the field of a magnifying glass. The observer sees each picture, momentarily, through a slit in a revolving disk, and these glimpses, blended by persistence of vision, give the impression of continuous motion. It has been superseded by more recent versions of movie projector and electronic video viewers.
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kinfolk
kin"folk` (?), n. Relatives; kindred; kin; kinsfolk; persons of the same family or closely related families.
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King
King (k&ibreve_;ng), n. A Chinese musical instrument, consisting of resonant stones or metal plates, arranged according to their tones in a frame of wood, and struck with a hammer.
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King
King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. könig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. √44. See Kin.] 1. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince. “Ay, every inch a king.” Shak.
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Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle. Burke.
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There was a State without king or nobles. R. Choate.
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But yonder comes the powerful King of Day,
Rejoicing in the east
Thomson.
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2. One who, or that which, holds a supreme position or rank; a chief among competitors; as, a railroad king; a money king; the king of the lobby; the king of beasts.
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3. A playing card having the picture of a king{1}; as, the king of diamonds.
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4. The chief piece in the game of chess.
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5. A crowned man in the game of draughts.
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6. pl. The title of two historical books in the Old Testament.
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&hand_; King is often used adjectively, or in combination, to denote preëminence or superiority in some particular; as, kingbird; king crow; king vulture.
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Apostolic king. See Apostolic. -- King-at-arms, or King-of-arms, the chief heraldic officer of a country. In England the king-at-arms was formerly of great authority. His business is to direct the heralds, preside at their chapters, and have the jurisdiction of armory. There are three principal kings-at-arms, viz., Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy. The latter (literally north roy or north king) officiates north of the Trent. -- King auk (Zool.), the little auk or sea dove. -- King bird of paradise. (Zool.), See Bird of paradise. -- King card, in whist, the best unplayed card of each suit; thus, if the ace and king of a suit have been played, the queen is the king card of the suit. -- King Cole , a legendary king of Britain, who is said to have reigned in the third century. -- King conch (Zool.), a large and handsome univalve shell (Cassis cameo), found in the West Indies. It is used for making cameos. See Helmet shell, under Helmet. -- King Cotton, a popular personification of the great staple production of the southern United States. -- King crab. (Zool.) (a) The limulus or horseshoe crab. See Limulus. (b) The large European spider crab or thornback (Maia squinado). (c) A large crab of the northern Pacific (Paralithodes camtshatica), especially abundant on the coasts of Alaska and Japan, and popular as a food; called also Alaskan king crab. -- King crow. (Zool.) (a) A black drongo shrike (Buchanga atra) of India; -- so called because, while breeding, they attack and drive away hawks, crows, and other large birds. (b) The Dicrurus macrocercus of India, a crested bird with a long, forked tail. Its color is black, with green and blue reflections. Called also devil bird. -- King duck (Zool.), a large and handsome eider duck (Somateria spectabilis), inhabiting the arctic regions of both continents. -- King eagle (Zool.), an eagle (Aquila heliaca) found in Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is about as large as the golden eagle. Some writers believe it to be the imperial eagle of Rome. -- King hake (Zool.), an American hake (Phycis regius), found in deep water along the Atlantic coast. -- King monkey (Zool.), an African monkey (Colobus polycomus), inhabiting Sierra Leone. -- King mullet (Zool.), a West Indian red mullet (Upeneus maculatus); -- so called on account of its great beauty. Called also goldfish. -- King of terrors, death. -- King parrakeet (Zool.), a handsome Australian parrakeet (Platycercys scapulatus), often kept in a cage. Its prevailing color is bright red, with the back and wings bright green, the rump blue, and tail black. -- King penguin (Zool.), any large species of penguin of the genus Aptenodytes; esp., Aptenodytes longirostris, of the Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Land, and Aptenodytes Patagonica, of Patagonia. -- King rail (Zool.), a small American rail (Rallus elegans), living in fresh-water marshes. The upper parts are fulvous brown, striped with black; the breast is deep cinnamon color. -- King salmon (Zool.), the quinnat. See Quinnat. -- King's counsel, or Queen's counsel (Eng. Law), barristers learned in the law, who have been called within the bar, and selected to be the king's or queen's counsel. They answer in some measure to the advocates of the revenue (advocati fisci) among the Romans. They can not be employed against the crown without special license. Wharton's Law Dict. -- King's cushion, a temporary seat made by two persons crossing their hands. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. -- The king's English, correct or current language of good speakers; pure English. Shak. -- King's evidence or Queen's evidence, testimony in favor of the Crown by a witness who confesses his guilt as an accomplice. See under Evidence. [Eng.] -- King's evil, scrofula; -- so called because formerly supposed to be healed by the touch of a king. -- King snake (Zool.), a large, nearly black, harmless snake (Ophiobolus getulus) of the Southern United States; -- so called because it kills and eats other kinds of snakes, including even the rattlesnake. -- King's spear (Bot.), the white asphodel (Asphodelus albus). -- King's yellow, a yellow pigment, consisting essentially of sulphide and oxide of arsenic; -- called also yellow orpiment. -- King tody (Zool.), a small fly-catching bird (Eurylaimus serilophus) of tropical America. The head is adorned with a large, spreading, fan-shaped crest, which is bright red, edged with black. -- King vulture (Zool.), a large species of vulture (Sarcorhamphus papa), ranging from Mexico to Paraguay, The general color is white. The wings and tail are black, and the naked carunculated head and the neck are briliantly colored with scarlet, yellow, orange, and blue. So called because it drives away other vultures while feeding. -- King wood, a wood from Brazil, called also violet wood, beautifully streaked in violet tints, used in turning and small cabinetwork. The tree is probably a species of Dalbergia. See Jacaranda.
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King
King (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kinged (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kinging). ] To supply with a king; to make a king of; to raise to royalty. [R.] Shak.
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Those traitorous captains of Israel who kinged themselves by slaying their masters and reigning in their stead. South.
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King, Martin Luther, jr.
King, Martin Luther, jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968): Martin Luther King stands alongside John F. Kennedy as one of the strikingly iconic images of 1960s America, one of the figures who inspired a revolution of political will and social perception.
Born on 15 January 1929, to Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Christine King in Atlanta, Georgia, King was a gifted student. It was while studying towards his Divinity degree in 1951, that King first discovered the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi, whose inspiration would be seen in many of King's future ideas. In 1953, King married Coretta Scott. The world that Martin Luther King and his new family found themselves in during the late 1950s was one where racial segregation was an accepted norm, whether in schools, churches, or on public transport.
When Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat on a bus for a white man - in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 - the black civil rights movement found an unexpected opportunity to begin a push that would eventually remove all officially sanctioned segregation throughout the United States . And Dr. King was at the forefront of that push. (http://www.time.com/time/time100/heroes/profile/parks01.html)
Four days after Rosa Parks was arrested, on the first day of a boycott of the buses by black passengers, King was appointed as president of the Montgomery Improvement Association. Placing himself so publicly at the forefront of the movement, he soon found himself and his family to be targets for white hate. In January of the next year, a bomb was thrown at his house. The King family would face similar threats and acts of violence all through Martin's lifetime.
On 21 February 1956, King was one of those arrested as a consequence of the boycott. By 4 June, however, a US District Court ruled that such segregation on city bus lines was unconstitutional, a decision confirmed in November by the Supreme Court. Before the end of the year, Federal injunctions had been served, and the Montgomery bus system was officially unsegregated.
This was the first of King's victories. Although the success was by no means solely his, the methods of non-violent opposition utilised for this protest were to become a trademark of Dr. King. This ideology contrasted sharply with that represented by the other prominent black civil rights leader of the time, Malcolm X, (http://www.cmgww.com/historic/malcolm/) but many people responded strongly to King's gifts as an orator, to his message of optimism and compassion, and to his sheer presence as a human being.
Throughout his lifetime, King's activities were closely monitored by the FBI, under the control of the controversial J. Edgar Hoover. Evidence collected by Hoover's agents, combined with rumour and innuendo, has cast a shadow over the official view of Martin Luther King. Hoover was looking for dirt, and compiled a dossier that accused King of infidelity, beating women and of being a Communist. (http://archive.aclu.org/features/f011702a.html).
From 1957 onwards, King's reputation as a civil rights leader and powerful orator grew. He appeared on the cover of Time in February and met then-Vice President Richard Nixon in June. (http://www.time.com/time/time100/leaders/profile/king.html). 1958 saw the publication of his first book, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, his version of the incidents surrounding the bus boycott
. By 1960, Dr. King was a major voice in US political life. He met with Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy to discuss racial policy. In keeping with his belief in non-violent protest, King's continued civil rights demonstrations would take the form of sit-ins and obstructions, often leading to his arrest. The sight of Martin Luther King being bundled off to jail brought the causes he was helping much public sympathy and support.
August 28 1963 saw the 'March on Washington', regarded as the first major, integrated protest march in American history. (http://www.life.com/Life/mlk/mlk06.html). At the end of the march, Dr. King delivers the I Have A Dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC. (http://www.mecca.org/~crights/dream.html) Racial tension, however, was increasing; 1964 saw riots all across the country, notably in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
King was growing as an international figure. In 1964, he visited West Berlin, invited by the then-mayor, Willy Brandt, had an audience with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican, then, most significantly, he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. (http://www.nobel.se/peace/laureates/1964/index.html)
The following year, Malcolm X was assassinated in New York. Violence was escalating in areas of racial tension, including Montgomery, Alabama. Protesters were regularly beaten by police officers, often resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities. In Watts, Los Angeles, riots left 35 people dead. In March a protest rally reached Montgomery, under the protection of federal troops. Starting at an estimated 3,000 marchers, by the time they reach their destination, it's believed they numbered nearly 30,000 people. On reaching the capitol, the marchers were addressed by Dr. King.
1966 saw King talk openly about more than racial issues. He began to discuss his opposition to the Vietnam war and issues such as housing - arguing for protection for poor people, regardless of their race.
In 1967, the rioting was worsening growing to be some of the worst in American history. Fuelled by the uncertainty and anger created by the shootings of figures such as Malcolm X and John F. Kennedy, the sense of helpless rage directed at the nation's social structure and America's involvement in Vietnam, already strained civil relations were heading towards what seemed to be an inevitably violent conclusion.
In Mississippi, one black student was killed in a riot at Jackson State College; 23 people died in riots in New Jersey; and 43 died, with another 324 injured in riots in Detroit riots, labelled as the worst of the century.
The last year of Martin Luther King's life saw him cast his net even wider, including taking part in a march in support of sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. This part of King's career is often glossed over or undervalued by historians and commentators of the time. (http://www.fair.org/media-beat/950104.html).
On April 3, he delivered his last speech, entitled “I See the Promised Land”. The contents of the speech seem eerily prescient in retrospect. (http://www.mlkonline.com/promised.html). The next day, April 4 1968, Martin Luther King was shot dead as he stood talking on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis. James Earl Ray was charged and found guilty of his murder.
King was buried on April 9, aged 39. After his death, Dr. King's widow, Coretta Scott King, established The King Center as 'the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (http://thekingcenter.com/).
King's legacy is represented by Martin Luther King Day, celebrated in the United States on the third Monday in January every year. http://www.holidays.net/mlk/
Carl Gillingham
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Kingbird
King"bird (?), n. (Zool.) 1. A small American bird (Tyrannus tyrannus, or Tyrannus Carolinensis), noted for its courage in attacking larger birds, even hawks and eagles, especially when they approach its nest in the breeding season. It is a typical tyrant flycatcher, taking various insects upon the wing. It is dark ash above, and blackish on the bead and tail. The quills and wing coverts are whitish at the edges. It is white beneath, with a white terminal band on the tail. The feathers on the head of the adults show a bright orange basal spot when erected. Called also bee bird, and bee martin. Several Southern and Western species of Tyrannus are also called king birds.
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2. The king tody. See under King.
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Kingbolt
King"bolt` (?), n. A vertical iron bolt, by which the forward axle and wheels of a vehicle or the trucks of a railroad car are connected with the other parts.
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King Charles spaniel
King Charles span"iel (?) n. (Zool.) A variety of small pet dogs, having, drooping ears, a high, dome-shaped forehead, pug nose, large, prominent eyes, and long, wavy hair. The color is usually black and tan.
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Kingcraft
King"craft (?), n. The craft of kings; the art of governing as a sovereign; royal policy. Prescott.
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Kingcup
King"cup` (?), n. (Bot.) The common buttercup.
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Kingdom
King"dom (?), n. [AS. cyningdōm. See 2d King, and -dom.] 1. The rank, quality, state, or attributes of a king; royal authority; sovereign power; rule; dominion; monarchy.
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Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Ps. cxiv. 13.
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When Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself. 2 Chron. xxi. 4.
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2. The territory or country subject to a king or queen; the dominion of a monarch; the sphere in which one is king or has control.
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Unto the kingdom of perpetual night. Shak.
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You're welcome,
Most learned reverend sir, into our kingdom.
Shak.
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3. An extensive scientific division distinguished by leading or ruling characteristics; a principal division; a department; as, the mineral kingdom. In modern biology, the division of life into five kingdoms is widely used for classification. “The animal and vegetable kingdoms.” Locke.
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Animal kingdom. See under Animal. -- Kingdom of God. (a) The universe. (b) That spiritual realm of which God is the acknowledged sovereign. (c) The authority or dominion of God. -- Mineral kingdom. See under Mineral. -- United Kingdom. See under United. -- Vegetable kingdom. See under Vegetable.

Syn. -- Realm; empire; dominion; monarchy; sovereignty; domain.
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Kingdomed
King"domed (k&ibreve_;ng"dŭmd), a. Having a kingdom or the dignity of a king; like a kingdom. [R.]
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Twixt his mental and his active parts,
Kingdom'd Achilles in commotion rages
And batters down himself.
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Kingfish
King"fish` (k&ibreve_;ng"f&ibreve_;sh`), n. (Zool.) (a) An American marine food fish of the genus Menticirrus, especially Menticirrus saxatilis, or Menticirrus nebulosos, of the Atlantic coast; -- called also whiting, surf whiting, and barb. (b) The opah. (c) The common cero; also, the spotted cero. See Cero. (d) The queenfish.
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Kingfisher
King"fish`er (k&ibreve_;ng"f&ibreve_;sh`&etilde_;r), n. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of birds constituting the family Alcedinidæ. Most of them feed upon fishes which they capture by diving and seizing them with the beak; others feed only upon reptiles, insects, etc. About one hundred and fifty species are known. They are found in nearly all parts of the world, but are particularly abundant in the East Indies.
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&hand_; The belted king-fisher of the United States (Ceryle alcyon) feeds upon fishes. It is slate-blue above, with a white belly and breast, and a broad white ring around the neck. A dark band crosses the breast. The common European species (Alcedo ispida), which is much smaller and brighter colored, is also a fisher. See Alcedo. The wood kingfishers (Halcyones), which inhabit forests, especially in Africa, feed largely upon insects, but also eat reptiles, snails, and small Crustacea, as well as fishes. The giant kingfisher of Australia feeds largely upon lizards and insects. See Laughing jackass, under Laughing.
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Kinghood
King"hood (?), n. The state of being a king; the attributes of a king; kingship. Gower.
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Kingless
King"less, a. Having no king. F. Lieber.
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Kinglet
King"let (?), n. 1. A little king; a weak or insignificant king. Carlyle.
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2. (Zool.) Any one of several species of small singing birds of the genus Regulus and family Sylviidæ.
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&hand_; The golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa), and the rubycrowned kinglet (Regulus calendula), are the most common American species. The common English kinglet (Regulus cristatus) is also called golden-crested wren, moonie, and marigold finch. The kinglets are often popularly called wrens, both in America and England.

Kinglihood
King"li*hood (?), n. King-liness. Tennyson.
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Kingliness
King"li*ness, n. The state or quality of being kingly.
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Kingling
King"ling (?), n. Same as Kinglet, 1. Churchill.
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Kingly
King"ly (?), a. [Compar. Kinglier (?); superl. Kingliest.] Belonging to, suitable to, or becoming, a king; characteristic of, or resembling, a king; directed or administered by a king; monarchical; royal; sovereign; regal; august; noble; grand.Kingly magnificence.” Sir P. Sidney. “A kingly government.” Swift. “The kingly couch.” Shak.
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The kingliest kings are crowned with thorn. G. Massey.
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Leave kingly backs to cope with kingly cares. Cowper.

Syn. -- Regal; royal; monarchical; imperial; august; sovereign; noble; splendid. -- Kingly, Regal. Kingly is Anglo-Saxon, and refers especially to the character of a king; regal is Latin, and now relates more to his office. The former is chiefly used of dispositions, feelings, and purposes which are kinglike; as, kingly sentiments; kingly condescension; “ a kingly heart for enterprises.” Sir P. Sidney. The latter is oftener applied to external state, pomp, etc.; as, regal state, regal title, etc. This distinction is not observed by our early writers, but is gaining ground.
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Kingly
King"ly, adv. In a kingly or kinglike manner. Shak.
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Low bowed the rest; he, kingly, did but nod. Pore.
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King-post
King"-post` (?), n. (Carp.) A member of a common form of truss, as a roof truss. It is strictly a tie, intended to prevent the sagging of the tiebeam in the middle. If there are struts, supporting the main rafters, they often bear upon the foot of the king-post. Called also crown-post.
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King's Bench
King's Bench (?) n. (Law) Formerly, the highest court of common law in England; -- so called because the king used to sit there in person. It consisted of a chief justice and four puisne, or junior, justices. During the reign of a queen it was called the Queen's Bench. Its jurisdiction was transferred by the judicature acts of 1873 and 1875 to the high court of justice created by that legislation.
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Kingship
King"ship (?), n. The state, office, or dignity of a king; royalty. Landor.

king-sized
king-size
king-size king-sized adj. 1. extra large; as, a king-size bed. [wns=1]
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&hand_; A king-size bed is the largest size generally sold commercially; it is larger than a queen-size, which in turn is larger than a full-size (or double) bed, and that in turn is larger than a twin-size (or single) bed. The mattress for a king-size bed is typically about 76 inches wide and 80 inches long.
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2. Of or pertaining to a king-size bed; suitable for a king-size bed; as, a king-size bedcover.
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Kingstone
Kingston
{ King"ston (?), King"stone` (?), } n. (Zool.) The black angel fish. See Angel fish, under Angel.
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Kingston metal
King"ston met"al (?) n. An alloy of tin, copper, and mercury, sometimes used for the bearings and packings of machinery. McElrath.
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Kingston valve
King"ston valve (?) n. (Marine Steam Engin.) A conical valve, opening outward, to close the mouth of a pipe which passes through the side of a vessel below the water line.
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Kingtruss
King"truss` (?) n. (Carp.) A truss, framed with a king-post; -- used in roofs, bridges, etc.
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Kinic
Ki"nic (?), a. [Cf. F. kinique.] (Chem.) See Quinic.
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Kink
Kink (?), n. [D. kink a bend or turn, or Sw. kink.]
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1. A twist or loop in a rope or thread, caused by a spontaneous doubling or winding upon itself; a close loop or curl; a doubling in a cord.
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2. An unreasonable notion; a crotchet; a whim; a caprice. [Colloq.] Cozzens.
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Kink
Kink (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kinked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kinking.] To wind into a kink; to knot or twist spontaneously upon itself, as a rope or thread.
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Kink
Kink, n. [Cf. Chincough, Kink-haust.] A fit of coughing; also, a convulsive fit of laughter. [Scot.]
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Kinkajou
Kin"ka*jou` (?), n. [F. kinkajou, quincajou, from the native American name.] (Zool.) A nocturnal carnivorous mammal (Cercoleptes caudivolvulus) of South America, about as large as a full-grown cat. It has a prehensile tail and lives in trees. It is the only representative of a distinct family (Cercoleptidæ) allied to the raccoons. Called also potto, and honey bear.
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Kinkhaust
Kink"haust` (?), n. [Prov. E. kink to gasp (cf. Chin cough) + haust a cough (akin to E. wheeze).] Whooping cough. [Obs.or Prov. Eng.]
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Kinkle
Kin"kle (?), n. Same as 3d Kink.
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Kinky
Kink"y (?), a. 1. Full of kinks; liable to kink or curl; as, kinky hair.
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2. Queer; eccentric; unconventional; crotchety. [Colloq. U.S.]
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Kinnikinic
Kin`ni*ki*nic" (?), n. [Indian, literally, a mixture.] Prepared leaves or bark of certain plants; -- used by the Indians of the Northwest for smoking, either mixed with tobacco or as a substitute for it. Also, a plant so used, as the osier cornel (Cornus stolonijra), and the bearberry (Arctostaphylus Uva-ursi). [Spelled also kinnickinnick and killikinick.]
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Kinit
Kin"it (?), n. [Gr. kinei^n to move.] (Physics) A unit of force equal to the force which, acting for one second, will give a pound a velocity of one foot per second; -- proposed by J. D. Everett, an English physicist.
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Kino
Ki"no (?), n. The dark red dried juice of certain plants, used variously in tanning, in dyeing, and as an astringent in medicine.
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&hand_; The chief supply is from an East Indian leguminous tree, the Pterocarpus Marsupium. Other sources are the African Pterocarpus erinaceus, the tropical American sea grape (Coccoloba uvifera), and several Australian Eucalypti. See Botany bay kino, under Botany bay, Gum butea, under Gum, and Eucalyptus.
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Kinology
Ki*nol"o*gy (?), n. [Gr. kinei^n to move + -logy.] That branch of physics which treats of the laws of motion, or of moving bodies.
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Kinone
Ki"none (?), n. (Chem.) See Quinone.
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Kinoyl
Ki"noyl (?), n. (Chem.) [Obs.] See Quinoyl.
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Kinrede
Kin"rede (?), n. Kindred. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Kinsfolk
Kins"folk` (?), n. Relatives; kindred; kin; kinfolk; persons of the same family or closely related families.
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They sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. Luke ii. 44.
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Kinshasa
Kinshasa prop. n. the capital city of Zaire, formerly named Leopoldville.
Syn. -- Leopoldville.
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Kinship
Kin"ship (?), n. Family relationship.
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Kinsman
Kins"man (k&ibreve_;nz"m&aitalic_;n), n.; pl. Kinsmen (k&ibreve_;nz"m&eitalic_;n). A man of the same race or family; one related by blood.
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Kinsmanship
Kins"man*ship, n. Kinship. Thackeray.
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Kinswoman
Kins"wom`an (k&ibreve_;nz"w&oobreve_;m`&aitalic_;n), n.; pl. Kinswomen (k&ibreve_;nz"w&ibreve_;m`&ebreve_;n). A female relative. Shak.
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Kintlidge
Kint"lidge (?), n. (Naut.) See Kentledge.
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Kiosk
Ki*osk" (?), n. [Turk. kiushk, kiöshk, Per. k&unr_;shk.] A Turkish open summer house or pavilion, supported by pillars.

2. A light ornamental structure used as a news stand, band stand, etc.
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3. A small roofed structure, typically located on a sidewalk and sometimes in a parking lot, with one or more open sides, used to vend merchandise, such as newspapers or beverages, or services, such as key duplication or film developing. (MW10 s. 2)
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Kioways
Ki"o*ways` (?), n. pl.; sing. Kioway (&unr_;). (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians distantly related to the Shoshones. They formerly inhabited the region about the head waters of the North Platte.
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Kip
Kip (?), n. The hide of a young or small beef creature, or leather made from it; kipskin.
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Kip leather. See Kipskin.
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Kip
Kip (?), n. [Cf. G. kippe.] 1. A sharp-pointed hill; a projecting point, as on a hill. [Scot.]
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2. (Gymnastics) A method or feat of raising the body when hanging or swinging by the arms, as for the purpose of mounting upon the horizontal bar. The legs are swung forward and upward by bending the hips, then suddenly down again, which gives the upward impulse to the body.
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Kipe
Kipe (?), n. [Cf. OE. kipen to catch, Icel. kippa to pull, snatch. Cf. Kipper.] An osier basket used for catching fish. [Prov. Eng.]
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Kipling
Kipling prop. n. Rudyard Kipling, English author (1865-1936). He was born at Bombay, India in 1865, the son of John Lockwood Kipling, who was formerly head of the Lahore School of Industrial Art. He was educated in England and returned to India in 1880 as editor of the “Lahore Civil and Military Gazette.” He returned to England about 1889, and lived several years in the United States. While in India he published stories, sketches, and poems descriptive of India and Anglo-Indian military and civil life: “ Departmental Ditties, etc.”, “Plain Tales from the Hills”, “Mine Own People”, “Soldiers Three”, “Barrack-room Ballads, etc.”, and others. After leaving India he published “The Light That Failed,” “Naulahka” (with Balestier), “Many Inventions,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Second Jungle Book,” “The Seven Seas,” “Captains Courageous,” “The White Man's Burden,” “Kim,” “The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories,” and others.
Syn. -- Rudyard Kipling.
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Kiplingesque
Kiplingesque prop. a. Of, pertaining to, or in the style of Rudyard Kipling.
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Kipper
Kip"per (?), n. [D. kippen to hatch, snatch, seize. Cf. Kipe.] 1. (Zool.) A salmon after spawning.
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2. A salmon split open, salted, and dried or smoked; -- so called because salmon after spawning were usually so cured, not being good when fresh. [Scot.]
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Kipper time, the season in which fishing for salmon is forbidden. [Eng. & Scot.]
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Kipper
Kip"per, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kippered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kippering.] To cure, by splitting, salting, and smoking.Kippered salmon.” Dickens.
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Kipper
Kip"per, a. Amorous; also, lively; light-footed; nimble; gay; sprightly. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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Kippernut
Kip"per*nut` (?), n. (Bot.) A name given to earthnuts of several kinds.
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Kipskin
Kip"skin` (?), n. [Kip + skin.] Leather prepared from the skin of young or small cattle, intermediate in grade between calfskin and cowhide.
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Kirghizia
Kirghizia n. A country in Central Asia, formerly an Asian Soviet. It borders on Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, and Tajikistan.
Syn. -- Kirghiz, Kyrgyzstan, Kirghizstan.
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Kirk
Kirk (k&etilde_;rk), n. [Scot.; cf. Icel. kirkja, of Greek origin. See Church.] A church or the church, in the various senses of the word; esp., the Church of Scotland as distinguished from other reformed churches, or from the Roman Catholic Church. [Scot.] Jamieson.
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Kirked
Kirked (?), a. [Etymol. uncertain.] Turned upward; bent. [Obs.] Rom. of R.
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Kirkman
Kirk"man (?), n.; pl. Kirkmen (&unr_;).
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1. A clergyman or officer in a kirk. [Scot.]
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2. A member of the Church of Scotland, as distinguished from a member of another communion. [Scot.]
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Kirkyard
Kirk"yard` (?), n. A churchyard. [Scot.]
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Kirmess
Kir"mess (?), n. [D. kermis; cf. G. kirmes; prop., church mass. See Church, and Mass a religious service.] In Europe, particularly in Belgium and Holland, and outdoor festival and fair; in the United States, generally an indoor entertainment and fair combined.
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Kirschwasser
Kirsch"was`ser (?), n. [G., fr. kirsche cherry + wasser water.] An alcoholic liquor, obtained by distilling the fermented juice of the small black cherry.
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Kirsome
Kir"some, a. [Corrupted from chrisom.] Christian; christened. [Obs.]
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I am a true kirsome woman. Beau. & Fl.
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Kirtle
Kir"tle (?), n. [OE. kirtel, curtel, AS. cyrtel; skin to Icel. kyrtill, Sw. kjortel, Dan. kiortel, kiole.] A garment varying in form and use at different times, and worn both by men and women.
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Wearing her Norman car, and her kirtle of blue. Longfellow.
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&hand_; The term is still retained in the provinces, in the sense of “an outer petticoat.” Halliwell.
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Kirtled
Kir"tled (?), a. Wearing a kirtle. Byron.
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Kirumbo
Ki*rum"bo (?), n. (Zool.) A bird of Madagascar (Leptosomus discolor), the only living type of a family allied to the rollers. It has a pair of loral plumes. The male is glossy green above, with metallic reflections; the female is spotted with brown and black.
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Kish
Kish (?), n. [Cf. G. kies gravel, pyrites.] (Min.) A workman's name for the graphite which forms incidentally in iron smelting.
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Kislev
Kislev (k&ibreve_;s"lŭf; k&ibreve_;s"lŭv; kēs*l&ebreve_;v"), n. [Heb.] the third month of the Jewish civil year; the ninth month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar, occupying a part of November and a part of December. [Also spelled Chislev.]
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Kismet
Kis"met (?), n. [Per. qismat.] Destiny; fate. [Written also kismat.] [Oriental]
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Kiss
Kiss (k&ibreve_;s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kissed (k&ibreve_;st);p. pr. & vb. n. Kissing.] [OE. kissen, cussen, AS. cyssan, fr. coss a kiss; of uncertain origin; akin to D. kus, G. kuss, Icel. koss.] 1. To salute with the lips, as a mark of affection, reverence, submission, forgiveness, etc.
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He . . . kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack,
That at the parting all the church echoed.
Shak.
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2. To touch gently, as if fondly or caressingly.
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When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees. Shak.
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Kiss
Kiss, v. i. 1. To make or give salutation with the lips in token of love, respect, etc.; as, kiss and make friends.
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2. To meet; to come in contact; to touch fondly.
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Like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.
Shak.
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Rose, rose and clematis,
Trail and twine and clasp and kiss.
Tennyson.
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Kissing comfit, a perfumed sugarplum to sweeten the breath. [Obs or Prov. End.] Shak.
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Kiss
Kiss, n. [OE. kiss, derived under the influence of the verb from the older form coss, AS. coss. See Kiss, v.]
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1. A salutation with the lips, as a token of affection, respect, etc.; as, a parting kiss; a kiss of reconciliation.
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Last with a kiss, she took a long farewell. Dryden.
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Dear as remembered kisses after death. Tennyson.
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2. A small piece of confectionery.
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Kisser
Kiss"er (?), n. 1. One who kisses. Beau. & Fl.
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2. the face or mouth. [slang]
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Kissing bug
Kiss"ing bug`. (Zool.) Any one of several species of blood-sucking, venomous Hemiptera that sometimes bite the lip or other parts of the human body, causing painful sores, as the cone-nose (Conorhinus sanguisuga). [U. S.]
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kissing cousin
kiss"ing cous"in. A cousin sufficiently well acquainted to be greeted with a kiss; a type of kissing kin.
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Kissingcrust
Kiss"ing*crust` (?), n. (Cookery) The portion of the upper crust of a loaf which has touched another loaf in baking. Lamb.
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A massy fragment from the rich kissingcrust that hangs like a fretted cornice from the upper half of the loaf. W. Howitt.
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kissing disease
kiss"ing dis*ease". Infectious mononucleosis; -- so called because often spread by kissing.
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kissing kin
kiss"ing kin`. Any relative more distant than the immediate family, sufficiently well acquainted to be greeted with a kiss, such as a kissing cousin.
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Kissing strings
Kiss"ing strings` (?) n. Cap or bonnet strings made long to tie under the chin.

One of her ladyship's kissing strings, once pink and fluttering and now faded and soiled. Pall Mall Mag.
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kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate
kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate n. An annual (Polygonum orientale) with broadly ovate leaves and slender drooping spikes of crimson flowers; it is native to Southeastern Asia and Australia, and naturalized in North America.
Syn. -- prince's-feather, prince's feather, princess feather, prince's-plume, Polygonum orientale.
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Kist
Kist (k&ibreve_;st), n. [See Chest.] A chest; hence, a coffin. [Scot. & Prov. End.] Jamieson. Halliwell.
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Kist
Kist, n. [Ar. gist.] A stated payment, especially a payment of rent for land; hence, the time for such payment. [India]
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kistvaen
kist"vaen (k&ibreve_;st"vān), n. [W. cist-faen.] (Archaeol.) A Celtic monument, commonly known as a dolmen.
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kit
kit, (k&ibreve_;t), v. t. [imp. kitte.] To cut. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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kit
kit, n. [See Kitten.] A kitten.
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Kit fox (Zool.), a small burrowing fox (Vulpes velox), inhabiting the region of the Rocky Mountains. It is brownish gray, reddish on the breast and flanks, and white below. Called also swift fox.
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Kit
Kit, n. [Gf. AS. cytere harp, L. cithara. Cf. Guitar.] A small violin. “A dancing master's kit.” Grew.
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Prince Turveydrop then tinkled the strings of his kit with his fingers, and the young ladies stood up to dance. Dickens.
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Kit
Kit, n. [Cf. D. kit a large bottle, OD. kitte beaker, decanter.] 1. A large bottle.
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2. A wooden tub or pail, smaller at the top than at the bottom; as, a kit of butter, or of mackerel. Wright.
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3. A straw or rush basket for fish; also, any kind of basket. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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4. A box for working implements.
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5. Hence: A collection of tools or other objects to be used for a specific purpose, often contained in a box which may be carried conveniently; a working outfit, as of a workman, a soldier, and the like; as, a plumber's kit; a doctor's kit; a cosmetic kit; a first-aid kit.
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6. A group of separate parts, things, or individuals; -- used with whole, and generally contemptuously; as, the whole kit of them; the whole kit and kaboodle.
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kitambilla
kitambilla n. 1. A small shrubby spiny tree (Dovyalis hebecarpa) cultivated for its maroon-purple fruit with sweet purple pulp tasking like gooseberries; it is native to Sri Lanka and India.
Syn. -- ketembilla, kitembilla, ketembilla tree, Ceylon gooseberry, Dovyalis hebecarpa.
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2. A maroon-purple gooseberrylike fruit of India having a tart-sweet purple pulp used especially for preserves.
Syn. -- ketembilla, kitembilla.
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kitbag
kitbag n. a knapsack (usually for a soldier).
Syn. -- kit bag.
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Kitcat
Kit"cat` (?), a. 1. Designating a club in London, to which Addison and Steele belonged; -- so called from Christopher Cat, a pastry cook, who served the club with mutton pies.
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2. Designating a canvas used for portraits of a peculiar size, viz., twenty-eight or twenty-nine inches by thirty-six; -- so called because that size was adopted by Sir Godfrey Kneller for the portraits he painted of the members of the Kitcat Club. Fairholt.
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Kitcat
Kit"cat`, n. A game played by striking with a stick small piece of wood, called a cat, shaped like two cones united at their bases; tipcat. Cotton.
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Kitcat roll (Agric.), a roller somewhat in the form of two cones set base to base. [Prov. Eng.]
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Kitchen
Kitch"en (k&ibreve_;ch"&ebreve_;n), n. [OE. kichen, kichene, kuchene, AS. cycene, L. coquina, equiv. to culina a kitchen, fr. coquinus pertaining to cooking, fr. coquere to cook. See Cook to prepare food, and cf. Cuisine.] 1. A room equipped for cooking food; the room of a house, restaurant, or other building appropriated to cookery.
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Cool was his kitchen, though his brains were hot. Dryden.
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A fat kitchen makes a lean will. Franklin.
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2. A utensil for roasting meat; as, a tin kitchen.
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3. The staff that works in a kitchen.
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Kitchen garden. See under Garden. -- Kitchen lee, dirty soapsuds. [Obs.] “A brazen tub of kitchen lee.” Ford. -- Kitchen stuff, fat collected from pots and pans. Donne.
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Kitchen
Kitch"en, v. t. To furnish food to; to entertain with the fare of the kitchen. [Obs.] Shak.
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Kitchener
Kitch"en*er, n. A kitchen servant; a cook. Carlyle.
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Kitchenette
Kitch`en*ette" (?), n. [Kitchen + -ette.] A room combining a very small kitchen and a pantry, with the kitchen conveniences compactly arranged, sometimes so that they fold up out of sight and allow the kitchen to be made a part of the adjoining room by opening folding doors.
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Kitchenmaid
Kitch"en*maid` (k&ibreve_;ch"&ebreve_;n*mād`), n. A woman employed in the kitchen. Shak.
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Kitchen middens
Kitch"en mid`dens (k&ibreve_;ch"&ebreve_;n m&ibreve_;d`d'nz) n. pl. [Dan. kjök-kenmöddings kitchen leavings; cf. Scot. midden a dunghill.] Relics of neolithic man found on the coast of Denmark, consisting of shell mounds, some of which are ten feet high, one thousand feet long, and two hundred feet wide. The name is applied also to similar mounds found on the American coast from Canada to Florida, made by the North American Indians.
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Kitchenry
Kitch"en*ry (k&ibreve_;ch"&ebreve_;n*r&ybreve_;), n. The body of servants employed in the kitchen; the staff of a kitchen. [Obs.] Holland.
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kitchenware
kitchenware n. Implements for use in a kitchen, or for cooking, such as pots, pans, ladles, measuring cups, etc.
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Kite
Kite (kīt), n. [OE. kyte, AS. c&ymacr_;ta; cf. W. cud, cut.]
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1. (Zool.) Any raptorial bird of the subfamily Milvinæ, of which many species are known. They have long wings, adapted for soaring, and usually a forked tail.
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&hand_; The European species are Milvus ictinus and Milvus migrans; the pariah kite of India is Milvus govinda; the sacred or Brahmany kite of India is Haliastur Indus; the American fork-tailed kite is the Nauclerus furcatus.
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2. Fig.: One who is rapacious.
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Detested kite, thou liest. Shak.
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3. A light frame of wood or other material covered with paper or cloth, for flying in the air at the end of a string.
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4. (Naut.) A lofty sail, carried only when the wind is light.
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5. (Geom.) A quadrilateral, one of whose diagonals is an axis of symmetry. Henrici.
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6. Fictitious commercial paper used for raising money or to sustain credit, as a check which represents no deposit in bank, or a bill of exchange not sanctioned by sale of goods; an accommodation check or bill. [Cant]
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7. (Zool.) The brill. [Prov. Eng.]
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8. (Naut.) A form of drag to be towed under water at any depth up to about forty fathoms, which on striking bottom is upset and rises to the surface; -- called also sentry.
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Flying kites. (Naut.) See under Flying. -- Kite falcon (Zool.), an African falcon of the genus Avicida, having some resemblance to a kite.
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Kite
Kite, v. i. To raise money by “kites;” as, kiting transactions. See Kite, 6. [Cant]
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Kite
Kite, n. The belly. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
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Kiteflier
Kiteflying
Kite"fly`ing (?), n. A mode of raising money, or sustaining one's credit, by the use of paper which is merely nominal; -- called also kiting. -- Kite"fli`er, n. See Kite, n., 6. [Cant] McElrath. Thackeray.
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Kith
Kith (k&ibreve_;th), n. [OE. kith, cuð, AS. c&ymacr_;ððe, c&ymacr_;ð, native land, fr. cūð known. √45. See Uncouth, Can, and cf. Kythe.] Acquaintance; kindred.
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And my near kith for that will sore me shend. W. Browne.
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The sage of his kith and the hamlet. Longfellow.
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Kith and kin, kindred more or less remote.
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Kithara
Kith"a*ra (k&ibreve_;th"&adot_;*r&adot_;), n. See Cithara.
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Kithe
Kithe (kī&thlig_;), v. t. [Obs.] See Kythe. Chaucer.
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Kitish
Kit"ish (?), a. (Zool.) Like or relating to a kite.
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Kitling
Kit"ling (?), n. [Kit a kitten + -ling: cf. Icel. ketlingr.] A young kitten; a whelp. [Obs. or Scot.] B. Jonson.
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Kitte
Kit"te (k&ibreve_;t"t&eitalic_;), imp. of Kit to cut. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Kittel
Kit"tel (k&ibreve_;t"t'l), v. t. See Kittle, v. t.
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Kitten
Kit"ten (k&ibreve_;t"t'n), n. [OE. kiton, a dim. of cat; cf. G. kitze a young cat, also a female cat, and F. chaton, dim. of chat cat, also E. kitling. See Cat.] A young cat.
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Kitten
Kit"ten, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Kittened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kittening.] To bring forth young, as a cat; to bring forth, as kittens. Shak. H. Spencer.
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kittenish
kit"ten*ish, a. Resembling a kitten; playful; as, a kittenish disposition. Richardson.
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-- kit"ten*ish*ly, adv. -- kit"ten*ish*ness, n.
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kitten-tails
kitten-tails n. a plant of the genus Besseya having fluffy spikes of flowers.
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Kittiwake
Kit"ti*wake (k&ibreve_;t"t&ibreve_;*wāk), n. (Zool.) A northern gull (Rissa tridactyla), inhabiting the coasts of Europe and America. It is white, with black tips to the wings, and has only three toes.
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Kittle
Kit"tle (k&ibreve_;t"t'l), v. i. [Cf. Kit a kitten.] (Zool.) To bring forth young, as a cat; to kitten; to litter. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
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Kittle
Kit"tle, v. t. [Cf. AS. citelian; akin to D. kittelen, G. kitzeln, Icel. kitla, Sw. kittla, kittsla, Dan. kildre. Cf. Tickle.] To tickle. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [Written also kittel.] Halliwell. Jamieson.
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Kittle
Kit"tle, a. Ticklish; not easily managed; troublesome; difficult; variable. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Halliwell. Sir W. Scott.
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Kittlish
Kit"tlish (?), a. Ticklish; kittle. Sir W. Scott.
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Kitty
Kit"ty (?), n. 1. A kitten; also, a pet name or calling name for the cat.
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2. [Etym. uncertain.] (Gaming) The percentage taken out of a pool to pay for refreshments, or for the expenses of the table; by extension, any pool of money aggregated from small contributions. R. F. Foster.
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Kittysol
Kit*ty*sol" (?), n. [Sp. quitasol.] The Chinese paper parasol.
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Kiva
Ki"va (?), n. [Hopi name, sacred chamber.] A large chamber built under, or in, the houses of a Pueblo village, used as an assembly room in religious rites or as a men's dormitory. It is commonly lighted and entered from an opening in the roof.
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Kive
Kive (?), n. A mash vat. See Keeve. [Obs.]
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Kiver
Kiv"er (?), v. t. To cover. -- n. A cover. [Disused except in illiterate speech.]

Kiwikiwi
Kivikivi
{ Ki`vi*ki"vi (?), Ki`wi*ki"wi (?), } n.; pl. Kivikivies (&unr_;), Kiwikiwies (&unr_;). (Zool.) Any species of Apteryx, esp. Apteryx australis; -- so called in imitation of its notes. More commonly called kiwi. See Apteryx.
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Kjoekken moeddings
Kjoek"ken moed`dings (?) n. pl. [Dan.] See Kitchen middens.
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Klamaths
Kla"maths (?), prop. n. pl.; sing. Klamath (Ethnol.) A collective name for the Indians of several tribes formerly living along the Klamath river, in California and Oregon, but now restricted to a reservation at Klamath Lake; -- called also Clamets and Hamati.
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Klansman
Klansman n. a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
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klatsch
klatch
klatch, klatsch n. An informal group that gathers more or less frequently, especially for conversation; as, a coffee klatsch; a sewing klatsch.
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klavern
klavern n. A local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
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klavier
klavier n. a stringed instrument that has a keyboard, especially a piano, harpsichord, or clavichord; also, the keyboard of such an instrument. Same as clavier.
Syn. -- clavier.
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klaxon
klaxon n. A kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles.
Syn. -- claxon.
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kleagle
kleagle n. An officer, especially an attorney, of the Ku Klux Klan.
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Kleeneboc
Kleene"boc` (klēn"b&obreve_;k`), n. [D. kleen little, small + bok buck.] (Zool.) An antelope (Cerphalopus pygmæus), found in South Africa. It is of very small size, being but one foot high at the shoulder. It is remarkable for its activity, and for its mild and timid disposition. Called also guevi, and pygmy antelope.
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Kleenex
Kleenex prop. n. [Trademark] A piece of soft absorbent tissue paper (usually two or more thin layers) used as a disposable handkerchief; -- still a current trademark, but often used generically. [Trademark]
Syn. -- tissue.
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Kleptomania
Klep`to*ma"ni*a (?), n. [Gr. kle`pths thief + E. mania.] A propensity to steal, claimed to be irresistible. This does not constitute legal irresponsibility. Wharton.
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Kleptomaniac
Klep`to*ma"ni*ac (?), n. A person affected with kleptomania.
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Klick
Klick (?), n. & v. See Click.
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Klicket
Klick"et (?), n. [Cf. Clicket.] (Mil.) A small postern or gate in a palisade, for the passage of sallying parties. [Written also klinket.]
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Klinkstone
Klink"stone` (?), n. See Clinkstone.
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Klinometer
Kli*nom"e*ter (?), n. See Clinometer.

Klipdachs
Klipdas
{ Klip"das (?), Klip"dachs` (?) }, n. [D. klip cliff + das badger, akin to G. dachs.] (Zool.) A small mammal (Hyrax Capensis), found in South Africa. It is of about the size of a rabbit, and closely resembles the daman. Called also rock rabbit.
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Klipfish
Klip"fish` (?), n. Dried cod, exported from Norway. [Written also clipfish.]
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Klipspringer
Klip"spring`er (?), n. [D., lit., cliff springer.] (Zool.) A small, graceful South African antelope (Nanotragus oreotragus), which, like the chamois, springs from one crag to another with great agility; -- called also kainsi. [Written also klippspringer.]
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Kloof
Kloof (?), n. [D. See Clove a cleft.] A glen; a ravine closed at its upper end. [South Africa]
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Klopemania
Klo`pe*ma"ni*a (?), n. [Gr. kloph` theft + E. mania.] See Kleptomania.
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Knab
Knab (năb), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knabbed (năbd); p. pr. & vb. n. Knabbing.] [See Nab, v. t., and cf. Knap, v. t.] 1. To seize with the teeth; to gnaw.Knabbing crusts.” [Obs.] L'Estrange.
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2. To nab. See Nab, v. t. [Colloq.]
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Knabble
Knab"ble (năb"b'l), v. i. [Freq. of knab.] To bite or nibble. [Obs.]
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Horses will knabble at walls, and rats gnaw iron. Sir T. Browne.
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Knack
Knack (năk), v. i. [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. G. knacken to break, Dan. knage to crack, and E. knock.] 1. To crack; to make a sharp, abrupt noise to chink. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Bp. Hall.
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2. To speak affectedly. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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Knack
Knack, n. 1. A petty contrivance; a toy; a plaything; a knickknack.
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A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby's cap. Shak.
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2. A readiness in performance; aptness at doing a specific task; skill; aptitude; facility; dexterity; -- often used with for; as, a knack for playing the guitar.
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The fellow . . . has not the knack with his shears. B. Jonson.
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The dean was famous in his time,
And had a kind of knack at rhyme.
Swift.
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3. Something performed, or to be done, requiring aptness and dexterity; a trick; a device. “The knacks of japers.” Chaucer.
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For how should equal colors do the knack ! Pope.
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Knacker
Knack"er (?), n. 1. One who makes knickknacks, toys, etc. Mortimer.
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2. One of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; -- called also clapper. Halliwell.
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Knacker
Knack"er, n. [Cf. Icel. hnakkr a saddle.] 1. a harness maker. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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2. One who slaughters worn-out horses and sells their flesh for dog's meat. [Eng.]
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Knackish
Knack"ish, a. Trickish; artful. [Obs.] -- Knack"ish*ness, n. [Obs.] Dr. H. More.
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Knack-kneed
Knack"-kneed` (?), a. See Knock-kneed.
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Knacky
Knack"y (?), a. Having a knack; cunning; crafty; trickish. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Halliwell.
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Knag
Knag (năg), n. [Cf. Prov. G. knagge a knot in wood, Sw. knagg, Dan. knag a hook to hand clothes on, a bracket; Gael. & Ir. cnag peg, knob.] 1. A knot in wood; a protuberance. Wright.
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2. A wooden peg for hanging things on. Wright.
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3. The prong of an antler. Holland.
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4. The rugged top of a hill. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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Knagged
Knag"ged (?), a. Full of knots; knaggy.
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Knaggy
Knag"gy (?), a. Knotty; rough; figuratively, rough in temper. Fuller. -- Knag"gi*ness (#), n.
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Knap
Knap (năp), n. [AS. cnæp, cnæpp, top, knob, button; cf. Icel. knappr knob, Sw. knapp, Dan. knap button, W., Gael., & Ir. cnap knob, button, and E. knop.] A protuberance; a swelling; a knob; a button; hence, rising ground; a summit. See Knob, and Knop.
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The highest part and knap of the same island. Holland.
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Knap
Knap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knapped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Knapping.] [D. knappen to chew, bite, crack, take hold of; prob. of imitative origin.] 1. To bite; to bite off; to break short. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. ]
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He will knap the spears apieces with his teeth. Dr. H. More.
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He breaketh the bow, and knappeth the spear in sunder. Ps. xlvi. 9 (Book of Common Prayer.)
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2. To strike smartly; to rap; to snap. [Chiefly Brit.] Bacon.
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Knap
Knap, v. i. To make a sound of snapping. Wiseman.
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Knap
Knap, n. A sharp blow or slap. Halliwell.
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Knapbottle
Knap"bot`tle (?), n. (Bot.) The bladder campion (Silene inflata).
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Knappish
Knap"pish (?), a. [See Knap to strike.] Snappish; peevish. [Obs.] Grafton.
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Knapple
Knap"ple (?), v. i. [Freq. of knap, v., cf. D. knabbelen to gnaw.] To break off with an abrupt, sharp noise; to bite; to nibble. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
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Knappy
Knap"py (?), a. Having knaps; full of protuberances or humps; knobby. [Obs.] Huloet.
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Knapsack
Knap"sack` (?), n. [D. knapzak; knappen to eat + zak a bag. See Knap, v. t., and Sack.] A case of canvas, leather, nylon, or other sturdy fabric, fitted with straps, for carrying on the back the food, clothing, or other supplies for a soldier or a traveler; as, to hike up the mountain with lunch in a knapsack.
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And each one fills his knapsack or his scrip
With some rare thing that on the field is found.
Drayton.
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Knapweed
Knap"weed` (?), n. (Bot.) The black centaury (Centaurea nigra); -- so called from the knoblike heads of flowers. Called also bullweed.
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Knar
Knar (när), n. See Gnar. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Knarl
Knarl (närl), n. A knot in wood. See Gnarl.
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Knarled
Knarled (närld), a. Knotted. See Gnarled.
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Knarred
Knarred (närd), a. Knotty; gnarled.
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The knarred and crooked cedar knees. Longfellow.
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Knarry
Knar"ry (när"r&ybreve_;), a. Knotty; gnarled. Chaucer.
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Knave
Knave (nāv), n. [OE., boy, servant, knave, AS. cnafa boy, youth; cf. AS. cnapa boy, youth, D. knaap, G. knabe boy, knappe esquire, Icel. knapi, Sw. knape esquire, knäfvel knave.] 1. A boy; especially, a boy servant. [Obs.] Wyclif. Chaucer.
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O murderous slumber,
Lay'st thou thy leaden mace upon my boy
That plays thee music ? Gentle knave, good night.
Shak.
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2. Any male servant; a menial. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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He's but Fortune's knave,
A minister of her will.
Shak.
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3. A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a villain. “A pair of crafty knaves.” Shak.
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In defiance of demonstration, knaves will continue to proselyte fools. Ames.
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&hand_; “How many serving lads must have been unfaithful and dishonest before knave -- which meant at first no more than boy -- acquired the meaning which it has now !” Trench.
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4. A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or soldier; a jack; as, the knave of hearts.
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Knave child, a male child. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Syn. -- Villain; cheat; rascal; rogue; scoundrel; miscreant.
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Knavery
Knav"er*y (?), n.; pl. Knaveries (&unr_;). 1. The practices of a knave; petty villainy; fraud; trickery; a knavish action.
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This is flat knavery, to take upon you another man's name. Shak.
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2. pl. Roguish or mischievous tricks. Shak.
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Knaveship
Knave"ship, n. A small due, in meal, established by usage, which is paid to the under miller. [Scot.]
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Knavess
Knav"ess (nāv"&ebreve_;s), n. A knavish woman. Carlyle.
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Knavish
Knav"ish, a. 1. Like or characteristic of a knave{3}; given to knavery; trickish; fraudulent; dishonest; villainous; as, a knavish fellow, or a knavish trick.Knavish politicians.” Macaulay.
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2. Mischievous; roguish; waggish; rascally.
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Cupid is knavish lad,
Thus to make poor females mad.
Shak.
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Knavishly
Knav"ish*ly, adv. 1. In a knavish manner; dishonestly; fraudulently. Holland.
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2. Mischievously; waggishly; roguishly.Knavishly witty.” Gayton.
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knavishness
knav"ish*ness, n. The quality or state of being knavish; knavery; dishonesty.
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Knaw
Knaw (n&asuml_;), v. t. See Gnaw. [Obs.] Sir T. More.
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Knawel
Knaw"el (n&asuml_;"&ebreve_;l), n. [Akin to G. knauelk, knäuel, prop., a ball of thread, coil. Cf. Clew.] (Bot.) A low, spreading weed (Scleranthus annuus), common in sandy soil.
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Knead
Knead (nēd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kneaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Kneading.] [OE. kneden, As. cnedan; akin to D. kneden, G. kneten, Sw. knåda, Icel. knoða; cf. OSlav. gnesti.] 1. To work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; esp., 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.
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The kneading, the making of the cake, the heating of the oven, and the baking. Shak.
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2. Fig.: To treat or form as by kneading; to beat.
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I will knead him : I'll make him supple. Shak.
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3. To press repeatedly with the hands or knuckles, sometimes with a twisting or squeezing motion; -- performed for example on the body of a person as a form of massage.
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Kneading trough, a trough or tray in which dough is kneaded. Ex. viii. 3.
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knead
knead (?), v. i. To perform movements like kneading, with the paws; -- said of cats, which may knead{3} a master's body when stroked, presumably a sign of contentment; as, a cat kneading and purring in his master's lap.
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Kneadable
Knead"a*ble (?), a. That may be kneaded; capable of being worked into a mass.
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Kneader
Knead"er (?), n. One who kneads.
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Kneadingly
Knead"ing*ly, adv. In the manner of one kneading.
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Knebelite
Kne"bel*ite (?), n. [From Major von Knebel.] (Min.) A mineral of a gray, red, brown, or green color, and glistening luster. It is a silicate of iron and manganese.
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Kneck
Kneck (n&ebreve_;k), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.) The twisting of a rope or cable, as it is running out. [Eng.]
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Knee
Knee (nē), n. [OE. kne, cneo, As. cneó, cneów; akin to OS. knio, kneo, OFries. knī, G. & D. knie, OHG. chniu, chneo, Icel. knē, Sw. knä, Dan. knæ, Goth. kniu, L. genu, Gr. go`ny, Skr. jānu, √231. Cf. Genuflection.] 1. In man, the joint in the middle part of the leg.
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2. (Anat.) (a) The joint, or region of the joint, between the thigh and leg. (b) In the horse and allied animals, the carpal joint, corresponding to the wrist in man.
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3. (Mech. & Shipbuilding) A piece of timber or metal formed with an angle somewhat in the shape of the human knee when bent.
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4. A bending of the knee, as in respect or courtesy.
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Give them title, knee, and approbation. Shak.
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Knee breeches. See under Breeches. -- Knee holly, Knee holm (Bot.), butcher's broom. -- Knee joint. See in the Vocabulary. -- Knee timber, timber with knees or angles in it. -- Knee tribute, or Knee worship, tribute paid by kneeling; worship by genuflection. [Obs.]Knee tribute yet unpaid.” Milton.
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Knee
Knee (nē), v. t. To supplicate by kneeling. [Obs.]
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Fall down, and knee
The way into his mercy.
Shak
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Kneebrush
Knee"brush` (nē"brŭsh`), n. 1. (Zool.) A tuft or brush of hair on the knees of some species of antelopes and other animals; -- chiefly used in the plural.
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2. (Zool.) A thick mass or collection of hairs on the legs of bees, by aid of which they carry the collected pollen to the hive or nest; -- usually in the plural.
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kneecap
knee"cap` (?), n. 1. (Anat.) A roundish, flattened, sesamoid bone in the tendon in front of the knee joint; the patella; the kneepan.
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2. A cap or protection for the knee.

kneecap
knee"cap v. t. to break the knees of, especially by shooting in the kneecap; -- often done by criminal or terrorist groups as a warning or punishment.
Syn. -- knee-cap.
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Knee-crooking
Knee"-crook`ing (?), a. Obsequious; fawning; cringing.Knee-crooking knave.” Shak.
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Kneed
Kneed (?), a. 1. Having knees;- used chiefly in composition; as, in-kneed; out-kneed; weak-kneed.
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2. (Bot.) Geniculated; forming an obtuse angle at the joints, like the knee when a little bent; as, kneed grass.
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Knee-deep
Knee"-deep` (?), a. 1. Rising to the knees; knee-high; as, water or snow knee-deep.
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Grass knee-deep within a month. Milton.
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2. Sunk to the knees; as, men knee-deep in water.
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Where knee-deep the trees were standing. Longfellow.
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Knee-high
Knee"-high` (?), a. Rising or reaching upward to the knees; as, the water is knee-high.
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Knee jerk
Knee jerk. (Physiol.) A jerk or forward kick of the lower part of the leg produced by a blow or sudden strain upon the patellar tendon of the knee, which causes a sudden contraction of the quadriceps muscle; the patellar reflex.
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Knee jerk
Knee jerk, n. emotional and predictable; -- of certain people and their reactions to events.
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Knee jerk liberal
Knee jerk liberal. a person of strong liberal convictions who reacts predictably and emotionally to certain events.
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Knee jerk reaction
Knee jerk reaction. an immediate unthinking emotional reaction produced by an event or statement to which the reacting person is highly sensitive; -- in persons with strong feelings on a topic, it may be very predictable.
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Kneejoint
Knee"joint` (?), n. 1. The joint of the knee.
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2. (Mach.) A toggle joint; -- so called because consisting of two pieces jointed to each other end to end, making an angle like the knee when bent.
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Kneejointed
Knee"joint`ed, a. (Bot.) Geniculate; kneed. See Kneed, a., 2.
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Kneel
Kneel (nēl), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knelt (n&ebreve_;lt) or Kneeled (nēld); p. pr. & vb. n. Kneeling.] [OE. knelen, cneolien; akin to D. knielen, Dan. knæle. See Knee.] To bend the knee; to fall or rest on the knees; -- sometimes with down.
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&hand_; The act of kneeling, when performed in front of a person, is often done as a sign of respect, humility, or supplication. It has a similar significance when performed in front of religious objects, such as an altar or shrine.
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And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. Acts vii. 60.
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As soon as you are dressed, kneel and say the Lord's Prayer. Jer. Taylor.
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Kneeler
Kneel"er (?), n. 1. One who kneels or who worships by or while kneeling. Tennyson.
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2. A cushion or stool to kneel on, such as one attached to a pew in a church.
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3. (Eccl. Hist.) A name given to certain catechumens and penitents who were permitted to join only in parts of church worship.
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Kneelingly
Kneel"ing*ly, adv. In a kneeling position.
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Kneepan
Knee"pan` (?), n. (Anat.) A roundish, flattened, sesamoid bone in the tendon in front of the knee joint; the patella; the kneecap.
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Kneepiece
Knee"piece` (?), n. A piece shaped like a knee; as, the kneepieces or ears of a boat.
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Kneipp cure
Kneipp's cure
Kneippism
Kneipp"ism (?), n. Also Kneipp's cure, or Kneipp cure (&unr_;), Treatment of disease by forms of hydrotherapy, as walking barefoot in the morning dew, baths, wet compresses, cold affusions, etc.; -- so called from its originator, Sebastian Kneipp (1821-97), a German priest.
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Knell
Knell (?), n. [OE. knel, cnul, AS. cnyll, fr. cnyllan to sound a bell; cf. D. & G. knallen to clap, crack, G. & Sw. knall a clap, crack, loud sound, Dan. knalde to clap, crack. Cf. Knoll, n. & v.] The stroke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, (figuratively), a warning or harbinger of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of anything; -- also called death knell.
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The dead man's knell
Is there scarce asked for who.
Shak.
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The curfew tolls the knell of parting day. Gray.
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Knell
Knell, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knelled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Knelling.] [OE. knellen, knillen, As. cnyllan. See Knell, n.] To sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen.
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Not worth a blessing nor a bell to knell for thee. Beau. & Fl.
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Yet all that poets sing, and grief hath known,
Of hopes laid waste, knells in that word, “alone”.
Ld. Lytton.
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Knell
Knell, v. t. To summon, as by a knell.
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Each matin bell, the baron saith,
Knells us back to a world of death.
Coleridge.
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Knelt
Knelt (?), imp. & p. p. of Kneel.
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Knew
Knew (?), imp. of Know.
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Knicker
Knick"er (?), n. [D. knikker.] A small ball of clay, baked hard and oiled, used as a marble by boys in playing. [Prov. Eng. & U. S.] Halliwell. Bartlett.
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Knickerbocker
Knick"er*bock`er, n. A linsey-woolsey fabric having a rough knotted surface on the right side; used for women's dresses.
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Knickerbocker
Knick"er*bock`er, [capitalized] prop. n. [From Diedrich KNickerbocker, the fictional author of The History of New York, in fact written by Washington Irving.] A descendent of the early Dutch colonists of the New York City area; -- used mostly as a nickname for an inhabitant of New York state or especially New York City.
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Knickerbockers
Knick"er*bock`ers (?), n. pl. The name for a style of short breeches; smallclothes; called also knickers.
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knickers
knick"ers (?), n. pl. 1. The name for a style of loose-fitting short trousers, gathered in and ending at the knees; smallclothes; called also knickerbockers.
Syn. -- breeches, knee breeches, knee pants, knickerbockers.
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2. Underpants, especially of women; panties. [British]
Syn. -- bloomers, pants, drawers.
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Knickknack
Knick"knack` (?), n. [See Knack.] A trifle or toy; a bawble; a gewgaw; a tchotchke.
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Knickknackatory
Knick"knack`a*to*ry (?), n. A collection of knickknacks. Richardson.
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Knickknackery
Knick"knack`er*y (?), n. Knickknacks.
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Knife
Knife (nīf), n.; pl. Knives (nīvz). [OE. knif, AS. cnīf; akin to D. knijf, Icel. knīfr, Sw. knif, Dan. kniv.] 1. An instrument consisting of a thin blade, usually of steel and having a sharp edge for cutting, fastened to a handle, but of many different forms and names for different uses; as, table knife, drawing knife, putty knife, pallet knife, pocketknife, penknife, chopping knife, etc..
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2. A sword or dagger.
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The coward conquest of a wretch's knife. Shak.
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Knife grass (Bot.) a tropical American sedge (Scleria latifolia), having leaves with a very sharp and hard edge, like a knife. -- War to the knife, mortal combat; a conflict carried to the last extremity.
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Knife
Knife, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knifed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Knifing (?).] 1. (Hort.) To prune with the knife.
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2. To cut or stab with a knife. [Low]
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3. Fig.: To stab in the back; to try to defeat by underhand means, esp. in politics; to vote or work secretly against (a candidate of one's own party). [Slang, U. S.]
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Knifeboard
Knife"board` (?), n. A board on which knives are cleaned or polished.
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Knife-edge
Knife"-edge` (?), n. (Mech.) A piece of steel sharpened to an acute edge or angle, and resting on a smooth surface, serving as the axis of motion of a pendulum, scale beam, or other piece required to oscillate with the least possible friction.
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Knife-edge file. See Illust. of File.
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Knife switch
Knife switch. (Elec.) A switch consisting of one or more knifelike pieces hinged at one end and making contact near the other with flat gripping springs.
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Knight
Knight (?), n. [OE. knight, cniht, knight, soldier, AS. cniht, cneoht, a boy, youth, attendant, military follower; akin to D. & G. knecht servant; perh. akin to E. kin.] 1. A young servant or follower; a military attendant. [Obs.]
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2. (a) In feudal times, a man-at-arms serving on horseback and admitted to a certain military rank with special ceremonies, including an oath to protect the distressed, maintain the right, and live a stainless life. (b) One on whom knighthood, a dignity next below that of baronet, is conferred by the sovereign, entitling him to be addressed as Sir; as, Sir John. [Eng.] Hence: (c) A champion; a partisan; a lover. “Give this ring to my true knight.” Shak “In all your quarrels will I be your knight.” Tennyson.
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Knights, by their oaths, should right poor ladies' harms. Shak.
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&hand_; Formerly, when a knight's name was not known, it was customary to address him as Sir Knight. The rank of a knight is not hereditary.
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3. A piece used in the game of chess, usually bearing a horse's head.
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4. A playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave or jack. [Obs.]
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Carpet knight. See under Carpet. -- Knight of industry. See Chevalier d'industrie, under Chevalier. -- Knight of Malta, Knight of Rhodes, Knight of St. John of Jerusalem. See Hospitaler. -- Knight of the post, one who gained his living by giving false evidence on trials, or false bail; hence, a sharper in general. Nares. “A knight of the post, . . . quoth he, for so I am termed; a fellow that will swear you anything for twelve pence.” Nash. -- Knight of the shire, in England, one of the representatives of a county in Parliament, in distinction from the representatives of cities and boroughs. -- Knights commanders, Knights grand cross, different classes of the Order of the Bath. See under Bath, and Companion. Knights of labor, a secret organization whose professed purpose is to secure and maintain the rights of workingmen as respects their relations to their employers. [U. S.] -- Knights of Pythias, a secret order, founded in Washington, D. C., in 1864, for social and charitable purposes. -- Knights of the Round Table, knights belonging to an order which, according to the legendary accounts, was instituted by the mythical King Arthur. They derived their common title from the table around which they sat on certain solemn days. Brande & C.
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Knight
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 ---.
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A soldier, by the honor-giving hand
Of Cœur-de-Lion knighted in the field.
Shak.
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Knightage
Knight"age (?), n. The body of knights, taken collectively.
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Knight bachelor
Knight" bach"e*lor (?); pl. Knights bachelors (&unr_;). A knight of the most ancient, but lowest, order of English knights, and not a member of any order of chivalry. See Bachelor, 4.
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Knight banneret
Knight" ban"ner*et (?); pl. Knights bannerets. A knight who carried a banner, who possessed fiefs to a greater amount than the knight bachelor, and who was obliged to serve in war with a greater number of attendants. The dignity was sometimes conferred by the sovereign in person on the field of battle.
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Knight baronet
Knight" bar"o*net (?) n. See Baronet.
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Knight-errant
Knight"-er`rant (?), n.; pl. Knight-errants, or Knights-errant. A wandering knight; a knight who traveled in search of adventures, for the purpose of exhibiting military skill, prowess, and generosity.
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Knight-errantry
Knight"-er`rant*ry (?), n.; pl. Knight-errantries (&unr_;). The character or actions of wandering knights; the practice of wandering in quest of adventures; chivalry; a quixotic or romantic adventure or scheme.
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The rigid guardian [i. e., conscience] of a blameless heart
Is weak with rank knight-erratries o'errun.
Young.
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Knight-er-ratic
Knight"-er-rat"ic (?), a. Pertaining to a knight-errant or to knight-errantry. [R.] Quart. Rev.
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Knighthead
Knight"head` (?), n. (Naut.) A bollard timber. See under Bollard.
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Knighthood
Knight"hood (?), n. [Knight + hood: cf. AS. chihthād youth.] 1. The character, dignity, or condition of a knight, or of knights as a class; hence, chivalry. “O shame to knighthood.” Shak.
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If you needs must write, write Caesar's praise;
You 'll gain at least a knighthood, or the bays.
Pope.
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2. The whole body of knights.
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The knighthood nowadays are nothing like the knighthood of old time. Chapman.
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&hand_; “When the order of knighthood was conferred with full solemnity in the leisure of a court or court or city, imposing preliminary ceremonies were required of the candidate. He prepared himself by prayer and fasting, watched his arms at night in a chapel, and was then admitted with the performance of religious rites. Knighthood was conferred by the accolade, which, from the derivation of the name, would appear to have been originally an embrace; but afterward consisted, as it still does, in a blow of the flat of a sword on the back of the kneeling candidate.” Brande & C.
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Knightless
Knight"less, a. Unbecoming a knight. [Obs.]Knightless guile.” Spenser.
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Knightliness
Knight"li*ness (?), n. The character or bearing suitable for a knight; chivalry. Spenser.
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Knightly
Knight`ly, a. [AS. cnihtlic boyish.] Of or pertaining to a knight; becoming a knight; chivalrous; as, a knightly combat; a knightly spirit.
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For knightly jousts and fierce encounters fit. Spenser.
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[Excuses] full knightly without scorn. Tennyson.
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Knightly
Knight"ly, adv. In a manner becoming a knight.
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And why thou comest thus knightly clad in arms. Shak.
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Knight marshal
Knight" mar"shal (?) n. (Eng. Law) An officer in the household of the British sovereign, who has cognizance of transgressions within the royal household and verge, and of contracts made there, a member of the household being one of the parties. Wharton.
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Knight's service
Knight service
Knight" serv"ice (?) Also Knight's service (&unr_;) n. 1. (Feud. Law) The military service by rendering which a knight held his lands.

2. (Eng. Feud. Law) A tenure of lands held by knights on condition of performing military service. See Chivalry, n., 4.
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By far the greater part of England [in the 13th century] is held of the king by knight's service. . . . In order to understand this tenure we must form the conception of a unit of military service. That unit seems to be the service of one knight or fully armed horseman (servitium unius militis) to be done to the king in his army for forty days in the year, if it be called for. . . . The limit of forty days seems to have existed rather in theory than practice. Pollock & Mait.
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3. Service such as a knight can or should render; hence, good or valuable service.
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Knight's fee
Knight's fee. (Feudal Law) The fee of a knight; specif., the amount of land the holding of which imposed the obligation of knight service, being sometimes a hide{1}(b) or less, sometimes six or more hides.
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Knight Templar
Knight" Tem"plar (?); pl. Knights Templars (&unr_;). See Commandery, n., 3, and also Templar, n., 1 and 3.
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knish
knish (k'n&ibreve_;sh"), n. (Russian and Jewish Cookery) A fried, or sometimes baked, turnover made from a round or square sheet of dough containing a filling, usually of meat or potatoes.
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Knit
Knit (n&ibreve_;t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knit or Knitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Knitting.] [OE. knitten, knutten, As. cnyttan, fr. cnotta knot; akin to Icel. kn&ymacr_;ta, Sw. knyta, Dan. knytte. See Knot.] 1. To form into a knot, or into knots; to tie together, as cord; to fasten by tying.
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A great sheet knit at the four corners. Acts x. 11.
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When your head did but ache,
I knit my handkercher about your brows.
Shak.
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2. To form, as a textile fabric, by the interlacing of yarn or thread in a series of connected loops, by means of needles, either by hand or by machinery; as, to knit stockings.
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3. To join; to cause to grow together.
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Nature can not knit the bones while the parts are under a discharge. Wiseman.
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4. To unite closely; to connect; to engage; as, hearts knit together in love.
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Thy merit hath my duty strongly knit. Shak.
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Come, knit hands, and beat the ground,
In a light fantastic round.
Milton (Comus).
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A link among the days, toknit
The generations each to each.
Tennyson.
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5. To draw together; to contract into wrinkles.
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He knits his brow and shows an angry eye. Shak.
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Knit
Knit, v. i. 1. To form a fabric by interlacing yarn or thread; to weave by making knots or loops.
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2. To be united closely; to grow together; as, broken bones will in time knit and become sound.
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To knit up, to wind up; to conclude; to come to a close. “It remaineth to knit up briefly with the nature and compass of the seas.” [Obs.] Holland.
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Knit
Knit, n. Union knitting; texture. Shak.
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Knitback
Knit"back` (?), n. (Bot.) The plant comfrey; -- so called from its use as a restorative. Dr. Prier.

Knitchet
Knitch
{ Knitch (?), Knitch"et (?), } n. [Cf. Knit.] A number of things tied or knit together; a bundle; a fagot. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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When they [stems of asphodel] be dried, they ought to be made up into knitchets, or handfuls. Holland.
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Knits
Knits (?), n. pl. [Prob. same word as nit a louse's egg.] (Mining) Small particles of ore. Raymond.
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Knitster
Knit"ster (?), n. A woman who knits. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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Knitter
Knit"ter (?), n. One who, or that which, knits, joins, or unites; a knitting machine. Shak.
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Knitting
Knit"ting (?), n. 1. The work of a knitter; the network formed by knitting; knitwork.
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2. Union formed by knitting, as of bones.
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Knitting machine, one of a number of contrivances for mechanically knitting stockings, jerseys, and the like. -- Knitting needle, a stiff rod, as of steel wire, with rounded ends for knitting yarn or threads into a fabric, as in stockings. -- Knitting sheath, a sheath to receive the end of a needle in knitting.
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Knittle
Knit"tle (?), n. [From Knit.] 1. A string that draws together a purse or bag. [Prov. Eng.] Wright.
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2. pl. (Naut.) See Nettles.
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knitwear
knitwear n. knitted clothing.
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knitwork
knit"work` (n&ibreve_;t"wûrk`), n. A network of yarn created by interlacing threads of yarn in a series of connected loops using straight eyeless needles or by machine; knitting.
Syn. -- knit, knitting.
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Knives
Knives (?), n. pl. of Knife. See Knife.
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Knob
Knob (?), n. [A modification of knop. Cf. Nob.] 1. A hard protuberance; a hard swelling or rising; a bunch; a lump; as, a knob in the flesh, or on a bone.
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2. A knoblike ornament or handle; as, the knob of a lock, door, or drawer. Chaucer.
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3. A rounded hill or mountain; as, the Pilot Knob. [U. S.] Bartlett.
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4. (Arch.) See Knop.
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Knob latch, a latch which can be operated by turning a knob, without using a key.
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Knob
Knob, v. i. To grow into knobs or bunches; to become knobbed. [Obs.] Drant.
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Knobbed
Knobbed (?), a. Containing knobs; full of knobs; ending in a nob. See Illust of Antenna.
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The horns of a roe deer of Greenland are pointed at the top, and knobbed or tuberous at the bottom. Grew.
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Knobber
Knob"ber (?), n. (Zool.) See Knobbler.
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Knobbing
Knob"bing (?), n. (Stone Quarrying) Rough dressing by knocking off knobs or projections.
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Knobbler
Knob"bler, n. (Zool.) The hart in its second year; a young deer. [Written also knobber.] Halliwell.
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He has hallooed the hounds upon a velvet-headed knobbler. Sir W. Scott.
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Knobbling fire
Knob"bling fire (?) n. A bloomery fire. See Bloomery.
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Knobby
Knob"by, a. [From Knob.] 1. Full of, or covered with, knobs or hard protuberances. Dr. H. More.
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2. Irregular; stubborn in particulars. [Obs.]
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The informers continued in a knobby kind of obstinacy. Howell.
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3. Abounding in rounded hills or mountains; hilly. [U.S.] Bartlett.
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knobkerry
knobkerrie
knob"ker`rie, knob"ker`ry (?), n. [Boer D. knopkirie, fr. D. knop-hout, knotty stick + Hottentot kïrri club.] A short wooden club with a knobbed end used as a missile weapon by Kafir and other native tribes of South Africa.
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Knobstick
Knob"stick` (?), n. 1. One who refuses to join, or withdraws from, a trade union. [Cant, Eng.]
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2. A stick, cane, or club terminating in a knob; esp., such a stick or club used as a weapon or missile; a knobkerrie.
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Knock
Knock (n&obreve_;k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knocked (n&obreve_;kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Knocking.] [OE. knoken, AS. cnocian, cnucian; prob. of imitative origin; cf. Sw. knacka. Cf. Knack.] 1. To drive or be driven against something; to strike against something; to clash; as, one heavy body knocks against another. Bacon.
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2. To strike or beat with something hard or heavy; to rap; as, to knock with a club; to knock on the door.
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For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked. Dryden.
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Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matt. vii. 7.
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3. To practice evil speaking or fault-finding; to criticize habitually or captiously. [Slang, U. S.]
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To knock about, to go about, taking knocks or rough usage; to wander about; to saunter. [Colloq.]Knocking about town.” W. Irving. -- To knock up, to fail of strength; to become wearied or worn out, as with labor; to give out. “The horses were beginning to knock up under the fatigue of such severe service.” De Quincey. -- To knock off, to cease, as from work; to desist. -- To knock under, to yield; to submit; to acknowledge one's self conquered; -- an expression probably borrowed from the practice of knocking under the table with the knuckles, when conquered. “Colonel Esmond knocked under to his fate.” Thackeray.
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Knock
Knock (n&obreve_;k), v. t. 1. To strike with something hard or heavy; to move by striking; to drive (a thing) against something; as, to knock a ball with a bat; to knock the head against a post; to knock a lamp off the table.
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When heroes knock their knotty heads together. Rowe.
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2. To strike for admittance; to rap upon, as a door.
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Master, knock the door hard. Shak.
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3. To impress strongly or forcibly; to astonish; to move to admiration or applause. [Slang, Eng.]
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4. To criticise; to find fault with; to disparage. “Don't knock it if you haven't tried it.”
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To knock in the head, or To knock on the head, to stun or kill by a blow upon the head; hence, to put am end to; to defeat, as a scheme or project; to frustrate; to quash. [Colloq.] -- To knock off. (a) To force off by a blow or by beating. (b) To assign to a bidder at an auction, by a blow on the counter. (c) To leave off (work, etc.). [Colloq.] -- To knock out, to force out by a blow or by blows; as, to knock out the brains. -- To knock up. (a) To arouse by knocking. (b) To beat or tire out; to fatigue till unable to do more; as, the men were entirely knocked up. [Colloq.] “The day being exceedingly hot, the want of food had knocked up my followers.” Petherick. (c) (Bookbinding) To make even at the edges, or to shape into book form, as printed sheets. (d) To make pregnant. Often used in passive, "she got knocked up". [vulgar]

Knock
Knock, n. 1. A blow; a stroke with something hard or heavy; a jar.
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2. A stroke, as on a door for admittance; a rap. “ A knock at the door.” Longfellow.
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A loud cry or some great knock. Holland.
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Knock off, See knock off in the vocabulary.
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Knockabout
Knock"a*bout` (?), n. 1. (Naut.) A small yacht, generally from fifteen to twenty-five feet in length, having a mainsail and a jib; a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit. All knockabouts have ballast and either a keel or centerboard. The original type was twenty-one feet in length. The next larger type is called a raceabout.
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2. A knockabout performer or performance. [Theat. Slang]
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3. A man hired on a sheep station to do odd jobs. [Colloq., Australia]
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knockabout
knock"a*bout` (?), a. 1. Marked by knocking about or roughness.
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2. Of noisy and violent character; marked by farce, pratfalls, and horseplay; as, knockabout comedy. [Theat. Slang]
Syn. -- boisterous, slapstick.
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3. Characterized by, or suitable for, knocking about, or traveling or wandering hither and thither; suitable for use in rough activity; suited for everyday use; -- used especially of clothing.
Syn. -- casual, everyday.
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4. That does odd jobs; -- said of a class of hands or laborers on a sheep station. [Collog., Australia]
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Knock down
Knock" down` (?), n. 1. To strike down; to fell; to prostrate by a blow or by blows; as, to knock down an assailant.
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2. To assign to a bidder at an auction, by a blow or knock of the auctioneer's hammer; to sell at an auction; as, the vase was knocked down at two thousand dollars.
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3. To take apart; to dissassemble; as, to knock down a rifle for cleaning.
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4. To reduce or discount the price of; as, the dresses were knocked down to twenty dollars.
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5. To earn (an income). “plumbers who knock down over a hundred thousand a year.”
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Knockdown
Knock"down` (?), n. 1. That which knocks one down; something that overpowers or overwhelms, as strong liquor; specif., a kind of ale or beer that is very strong. [Slang.]
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2. A knocking down; a felling by a knock, as of a combatant, or of an animal; a blow that overwhelms; also, a fist fight.
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3. Something that knocks down, or takes apart, for packing or removal, as a piece of furniture; also, state of being knocked down, or taken apart.
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Knockdown
Knock"down` (?), a. 1. Of force sufficient to fell or completely overthrow; as, a knockdown blow; a knockdown argument..
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2. Designating a rivet end to be formed into a head by upsetting in fastening.
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3. Of or pertaining to the act of knocking down at an auction; specif., designating the price below which an article will not be disposed by the auctioneer.
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4. Made or constructed so as to be capable of being knocked down or taken apart, as for transportation.
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knockdown-dragout
knock-down-and-drag-out
knock-down-and-drag-out, knockdown-dragout adj. marked by extreme violence; -- of fights; also used metaphorically of fierce contests; as, a knock-down-and-drag-out fight; a knockdown-dragout competition for the browser market.
Syn. -- ferocious, fierce, knockdown-dragout, tearing.
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knocked-out
knocked-out adj. damaged; -- not used of persons; as, the gym has some of the most knocked-out equipment since Vic Tanny. Opposite of undamaged. [prenominal]
Syn. -- knocked out.
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knocker
knock"er (?), n. 1. One who, or that which, knocks; specifically, an instrument, or kind of hammer, fastened to a door, to be used in seeking for admittance.
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Shut, shut the door, good John ! fatigued, I said;
Tie up the knocker; say I'm sick, I'm dead.
Pope.
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2. A person strikingly handsome, beautiful, or fine; one who wins admiration; a “stunner.” [Slang.]
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3. A species of large cockroach, especially Blabera gigantea, of semitropical America, which is able to produce a loud knocking sound.
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4. [usually used in pl.] a woman's breast. [vulgar]
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Knocking
Knock"ing, n. A beating; a rap; a series of raps.
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The . . . repeated knockings of the head upon the ground by the Chinese worshiper. H. Spencer.
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Knockings
Knock"ings (?), n. pl. (Mining) Large lumps picked out of the sieve, in dressing ore.
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knock-knee
knock"-knee` (?), n. (Med.) A condition in which the knees are bent in so as to touch each other in walking; inknee.
Syn. -- knock-knees, genu valgum.
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knock-kneed
knock"-kneed` (?), a. Having the legs bent inward so that the knees touch in walking. [Written also knack-kneed.]

knock-knees
knock-knees n. 1. knock-knee.
Syn. -- knock-knee, genu valgum.
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knock off
knock off (?), n. a device in a knitting machine to remove loops from the needles.
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knock off
knock off (?), v. i. & t. 1. to quit (working).
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2. to accomplish; -- frequently used when the task is accomplished rapidly.
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3. to kill; to defeat (opponents). [Colloq.]
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4. to discount, to deduct (a sum from a price).
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5. to rob.
Syn. -- knock over.
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6. to make a knockoff of; to copy or imitate, usually without permission or admission of copying. [MW10]
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knockoff
knock"off (?), n. A cheap imitation of something popular, produced illegally without a license from the trademark owner, and of inferior materials. [Also spelled knock-off.]
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Knock-off
Knock"-off`, n. 1. Act or place of knocking off; that which knocks off; specif. (Mach.), a cam or the like for disconnecting something, as a device in a knitting machine to remove loops from the needles.
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2. A knockoff.
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Knock-off
Knock"-off`, a. That knocks off; of or pertaining to knocking off.
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Knock-out
Knock"-out`, a. That knocks out; characterized by knocking out; as, a knock-out blow; a knock-out key for knocking out a drill from a collet.
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knock-out
knockout
knock"out`, knock"-out` (?), n. Act of knocking out, or state of being knocked out; the act of rendering a person unconscious by a blow. [wns=1]
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2. a blow which causes a person to become unconscious.
Syn. -- knockout blow, knockout punch.
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3. (Boxing) the winning of a boxing contest by rendering the opponent unable to stand for a specified period, usually a count of ten; -- in contrast to a win by a decision; as, Muhammed Ali won by a knockout in the first round.
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4. a strikingly beautiful woman. [Informal]
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knock-out drops
knockout drops
knockout drops, knock-out drops n. pl. Drops of any drug, used to a person to fall asleep or become unconscious or stupefied for the purpose of robbery, etc.; they are usually mixed into a drink so that the person consuming it does so unknowingly. One compound used for this purpose is chloral hydrate. [Slang, U. S.]
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Knockstone
Knock"stone` (?), n. (Mining) A block upon which ore is broken up.
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Knoll
Knoll (nōl), n. [AS. cnoll; akin to G. knolle, knollen, clod, lump, knob, bunch, OD. knolle ball, bunch, Sw. knöl, Dan. knold.] A little round hill; a mound; a small elevation of earth; the top or crown of a hill.
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On knoll or hillock rears his crest,
Lonely and huge, the giant oak.
Sir W. Scott.
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Knoll
Knoll (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knolled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Knolling.] [OE. knollen, AS. cnyllan. See Knell.] To ring, as a bell; to strike a knell upon; to toll; to proclaim, or summon, by ringing.Knolled to church.” Shak.
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Heavy clocks knolling the drowsy hours. Tennyson.
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Knoll
Knoll, v. i. To sound, as a bell; to knell. Shak.
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For a departed being's soul
The death hymn peals, and the hollow bells knoll.
Byron.
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Knoll
Knoll, n. The tolling of a bell; a knell. [R.] Byron.
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Knoller
Knoll"er, n. One who tolls a bell. [Obs.] Sherwood.
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Knop
Knop (n&obreve_;p), n. [OE. knop, knoppe; cf. D. knop, knoop, G. knopf, Dan. knap, knop, Sw. knapp, knopp, button, bud, Icel. knappr, and E. knap, n. Cf. Knap, Knob.] 1. A knob; a bud; a bunch; a button.
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Four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. Ex. xxv. 21.
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2. (Arch.) Any boldly projecting sculptured ornament; esp., the ornamental termination of a pinnacle, and then synonymous with finial; -- called also knob, and knosp.
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Knop sedge (Bot.), the bur reed (Sparganium); -- so called from its globular clusters of seed vessels. Prior.
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Knopped
Knopped (?), a. Having knops or knobs; fastened as with buttons. [Obs.] Rom. of R.
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Knoppern
Knop"pern (?), n. [Cf. G. knopper. See Knop.] (Zool.) A kind of gall produced by a gallfly on the cup of an acorn, -- used in tanning and dyeing.
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Knopweed
Knop"weed` (?), n. Same as Knapweed.
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Knor
Knor (?), n. See Knur. [Obs.]
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Knosp
Knosp (?), n. [Cf. G. knospe bud, E. knop, knar.] (Arch.) Same as Knop, 2. Milman.
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Knot
Knot (n&obreve_;t), n. [OE. knot, knotte, AS. cnotta; akin to D. knot, OHG. chnodo, chnoto, G. knoten, Icel. knūtr, Sw. knut, Dan. knude, and perh. to L. nodus. Cf. Knout, Knit.] 1. (a) A fastening together of the parts or ends of one or more threads, cords, ropes, etc., by any one of various ways of tying or entangling. (b) A lump or loop formed in a thread, cord, rope. etc., as at the end, by tying or interweaving it upon itself. (c) An ornamental tie, as of a ribbon.
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&hand_; The names of knots vary according to the manner of their making, or the use for which they are intended; as, dowknot, reef knot, stopper knot, diamond knot, etc.
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2. A bond of union; a connection; a tie. “With nuptial knot.” Shak.
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Ere we knit the knot that can never be loosed. Bp. Hall.
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3. Something not easily solved; an intricacy; a difficulty; a perplexity; a problem.
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Knots worthy of solution. Cowper.
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A man shall be perplexed with knots, and problems of business, and contrary affairs. South.
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4. A figure the lines of which are interlaced or intricately interwoven, as in embroidery, gardening, etc. “Garden knots.” Bacon.
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Flowers worthy of paradise, which, not nice art
In beds and curious knots, but nature boon
Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain.
Milton.
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5. A cluster of persons or things; a collection; a group; a hand; a clique; as, a knot of politicians.Knots of talk.” Tennyson.
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His ancient knot of dangerous adversaries. Shak.
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Palms in cluster, knots of Paradise. Tennyson.
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As they sat together in small, separate knots, they discussed doctrinal and metaphysical points of belief. Sir W. Scott.
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6. A portion of a branch of a tree that forms a mass of woody fiber running at an angle with the grain of the main stock and making a hard place in the timber. A loose knot is generally the remains of a dead branch of a tree covered by later woody growth.
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7. A knob, lump, swelling, or protuberance.
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With lips serenely placid, felt the knot
Climb in her throat.
Tennyson.
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8. A protuberant joint in a plant.
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9. The point on which the action of a story depends; the gist of a matter. [Obs.]
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I shoulde to the knotte condescend,
And maken of her walking soon an end.
Chaucer.
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10. (Mech.) See Node.
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11. (Naut.) (a) A division of the log line, serving to measure the rate of the vessel's motion. Each knot on the line bears the same proportion to a mile that thirty seconds do to an hour. The number of knots which run off from the reel in half a minute, therefore, shows the number of miles the vessel sails in an hour. Hence: (b) A nautical mile, or 6080.27 feet; as, when a ship goes nautical eight miles an hour, her speed is said to be eight knots.
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12. A kind of epaulet. See Shoulder knot.
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13. (Zool.) A sandpiper (Tringa canutus), found in the northern parts of all the continents, in summer. It is grayish or ashy above, with the rump and upper tail coverts white, barred with dusky. The lower parts are pale brown, with the flanks and under tail coverts white. When fat it is prized by epicures. Called also dunne.
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&hand_; The name is said to be derived from King Canute, this bird being a favorite article of food with him.
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The knot that called was Canutus' bird of old,
Of that great king of Danes his name that still doth hold,
His appetite to please that far and near was sought.
Drayton.
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Knot
Knot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knotted; p. pr. & vb. n. Knotting.] 1. To tie in or with, or form into, a knot or knots; to form a knot on, as a rope; to entangle.Knotted curls.” Drayton.
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As tight as I could knot the noose. Tennyson.
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2. To unite closely; to knit together. Bacon.
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3. To entangle or perplex; to puzzle. [Obs. or R.]
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Knot
Knot, v. i. 1. To form knots or joints, as in a cord, a plant, etc.; to become entangled.
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Cut hay when it begins to knot. Mortimer.
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2. To knit knots for fringe or trimming.
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3. To copulate; -- said of toads. [R.] Shak.
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Knotberry
Knot"ber`ry (?), n. (Bot.) The cloudberry (Rudus Chamæmorus); -- so called from its knotted stems.
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Knotgrass
Knot"grass` (?), n. (Bot.) (a) a common weed with jointed stems (Polygonum aviculare); knotweed. (b) The dog grass. See under Dog.
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&hand_; An infusion of Polygonum aviculare was once supposed to have the effect of stopping the growth of an animal, and hence it was called, as by Shakespeare, “hindering knotgrass.”
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We want a boy extremely for this function,
Kept under for a year with milk and knotgrass.
Beau. & Fl.
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Knotless
Knot"less, a. Free from knots; without knots. “Silver firs with knotless trunks.” Congreve.
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Knotted
Knot"ted (?), a. 1. Full of knots; having knots; knurled; as, a knotted cord; the knotted oak. Dryden.
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2. Interwoven; matted; entangled.
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Make . . . thy knotted and combined locks to part. Shak.
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3. Having intersecting lines or figures.
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The west corner of thy curious knotted garden. Shak.
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4. (Geol.) Characterized by small, detached points, chiefly composed of mica, less decomposable than the mass of the rock, and forming knots in relief on the weathered surface; as, knotted rocks. Percival.
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5. Entangled; puzzling; knotty. [R.]
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They're catched in knotted lawlike nets. Hudibras.
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Knottiness
Knot"ti*ness (?), n. [From Knotty.] 1. The quality or state of being knotty or full of knots.
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2. Difficulty of solution; intricacy; complication.Knottiness of his style.” Hare.
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Knotty
Knot"ty (?), a. [Compar. Knottier (?); superl. Knottiest.] 1. Full of knots; knotted; having many knots; as, knotty timber; a knotty rope.
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2. Hard; rugged; as, a knotty head. [R.] Rewe.
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3. Difficult; intricate; perplexed.
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A knotty point to which we now proceed Pope.
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Knotweed
Knot"weed` (n&obreve_;t"wēd`), n. (Bot.) See Knotgrass.
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Knotwort
Knot"wort` (n&obreve_;t"wûrt`), n. (Bot.) A small, herbaceous, trailing plant, of the genus Illecebrum (Illecebrum verticillatum).
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Knout
Knout (nout or n&oomacr_;t), n. [Russ. knut'; prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. knut knot, knout, Icel. knūtr knot: cf. F. knout. See Knot.] A kind of whip for flogging criminals, formerly much used in Russia. The lash is a tapering bundle of leather thongs twisted with wire and hardened, so that it mangles the flesh.
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Knout
Knout, v. t. To punish with the knout. Brougham.
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Know
Know (nō), n. Knee. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Know
Know (nō), v. t. [imp. Knew (nū); p. p. Known (nōn); p. pr. & vb. n. Knowing.] [OE. knowen, knawen, AS. cnäwan; akin to OHG. chnäan (in comp.), Icel. knä to be able, Russ. znate to know, L. gnoscere, noscere, Gr. gighw`skein, Skr. jnā; fr. the root of E. can, v. i., ken. √45. See Ken, Can to be able, and cf. Acquaint, Cognition, Gnome, Ignore, Noble, Note.] 1. To perceive or apprehend clearly and certainly; to understand; to have full information of; as, to know one's duty.
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O, that a man might know
The end of this day's business ere it come!
Shak.
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There is a certainty in the proposition, and we know it. Dryden.
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Know how sublime a thing it is
To suffer and be strong.
Longfellow.
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2. To be convinced of the truth of; to be fully assured of; as, to know things from information.
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3. To be acquainted with; to be no stranger to; to be more or less familiar with the person, character, etc., of; to possess experience of; as, to know an author; to know the rules of an organization.
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He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. 2 Cor. v. 21.
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Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. Milton.
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4. To recognize; to distinguish; to discern the character of; as, to know a person's face or figure.
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Ye shall know them by their fruits. Matt. vil. 16.
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And their eyes were opened, and they knew him. Luke xxiv. 31.
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To know
Faithful friend from flattering foe.
Shak.
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At nearer view he thought he knew the dead. Flatman.
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5. To have sexual intercourse with.
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And Adam knew Eve his wife. Gen. iv. 1.
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&hand_; Know is often followed by an objective and an infinitive (with or without to) or a participle, a dependent sentence, etc.
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And I knew that thou hearest me always. John xi. 42.
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The monk he instantly knew to be the prior. Sir W. Scott.
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In other hands I have known money do good. Dickens.
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To know how, to understand the manner, way, or means; to have requisite information, intelligence, or sagacity. How is sometimes omitted. “ If we fear to die, or know not to be patient.” Jer. Taylor.
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Know
Know, v. i. 1. To have knowledge; to have a clear and certain perception; to possess wisdom, instruction, or information; -- often with of.
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Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Is. i. 3.
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If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. John vii. 17.
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The peasant folklore of Europe still knows of willows that bleed and weep and speak when hewn. Tylor.
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2. To be assured; to feel confident.
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To know of, to ask, to inquire. [Obs.]Know of your youth, examine well your blood.” Shak.
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Knowable
Know"a*ble (?), a. That may be known; capable of being discovered, understood, or ascertained.
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Thus mind and matter, as known or knowable, are only two different series of phenomena or qualities. Sir W. Hamilton.
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Knowa bleness
Know"a* ble*ness, n. The state or quality of being knowable. Locke.
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Know-all
Know"-all` (?), n. One who knows everything; hence, one who makes pretension to great knowledge; a wiseacre; a know-it-all; -- usually ironical. [Colloq. or R.]
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Knower
Know"er (?), n. One who knows. Shak.
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know-how
knowhow
know"how`, know"-how` (nō"hou`) n. the knowledge and skill required to do something; practical knowledge for a specific task.
Syn. -- knowhow.
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Knowing
Know"ing, a. 1. Skilful; well informed; intelligent; as, a knowing man; a knowing dog.
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The knowing and intelligent part of the world. South.
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2. Artful; cunning; as, a knowing rascal. [Colloq.]
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Knowing
Know"ing, n. Knowledge; hence, experience. “ In my knowing.” Shak.
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This sore night
Hath trifled former knowings.
Shak.
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Knowingly
Know"ing*ly, adv. 1. With knowledge; in a knowing manner; intelligently; consciously; deliberately; as, he would not knowingly offend. Strype.
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2. By experience. [Obs.] Shak.
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Knowingness
Know"ing*ness, n. The state or quality of being knowing or intelligent; shrewdness; skillfulness.
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Know-it-all
Know"-it-all` (?), n. One who knows everything; hence, a person who makes pretension to great knowledge, especially one whose didactic conversational habit conspicuously reveals his belief that he has superior knowledge on many subjects; a wiseacre; a know-all; -- usually ironical. [Colloq. & pejorative] the use of this term implies that the speaker disapproves of this behavior, and may think that it is unjustified
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Knowleche
Knowl"eche (?), n. & v. [Obs.] See Knowledge.
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We consider and knowleche that we have offended. Chaucer.
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Knowleching
Knowl"ech*ing (?), n. Knowledge. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Knowledge
Knowl"edge (?), n. [OE. knowlage, knowlege, knowleche, knawleche. The last part is the Icel. suffix -leikr, forming abstract nouns, orig. the same as Icel. leikr game, play, sport, akin to AS. lāc, Goth. laiks dance. See Know, and cf. Lake, v. i., Lark a frolic.]
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1. The act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact, truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance; cognition.
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Knowledge, which is the highest degree of the speculative faculties, consists in the perception of the truth of affirmative or negative propositions. Locke.
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2. That which is or may be known; the object of an act of knowing; a cognition; -- chiefly used in the plural.
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There is a great difference in the delivery of the mathematics, which are the most abstracted of knowledges. Bacon.
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Knowledges is a term in frequent use by Bacon, and, though now obsolete, should be revived, as without it we are compelled to borrow “cognitions” to express its import. Sir W. Hamilton.
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To use a word of Bacon's, now unfortunately obsolete, we must determine the relative value of knowledges. H. Spencer.
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3. That which is gained and preserved by knowing; instruction; acquaintance; enlightenment; learning; scholarship; erudition.
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Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 1 Cor. viii. 1.
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Ignorance is the curse of God;
Knowledge, the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
Shak.
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4. That familiarity which is gained by actual experience; practical skill; as, a knowledge of life.
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Shipmen that had knowledge of the sea. 1 Kings ix. 27.
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5. Scope of information; cognizance; notice; as, it has not come to my knowledge.
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Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldst take knowledge of me? Ruth ii. 10.
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6. Sexual intercourse; -- usually preceded by carnal; same as carnal knowledge.

Syn. -- See Wisdom.
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Knowledge
Knowl"edge, v. t. To acknowledge. [Obs.] “Sinners which knowledge their sins.” Tyndale.
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knowledgeable
knowledgeable adj. 1. thoroughly acquainted with and skilled in something through study or experience; as, knowledgeable in classical languages. Opposite of unversed, unacquainted, and unfamiliar.
Syn. -- versed.
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2. fully informed.
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3. highly educated; having information or understanding.
Syn. -- enlightened, learned, lettered, literate, well-educated, well-read.
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-- knowledgeability, n. -- knowledgeably, adv. -- knowledgeableness, n.
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knowledge engineering
knowledge engineering n. The application of computerized data and text manipulation to manage and interpret large bodies of knowledge, or find useful information in large bodies of data. The study of methods for knowledge engineering is generally considered as a branch of artificial intelligence.
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knowledge-intensive
knowledge-intensive a. Requiring access to and manipulation of large quantities of knowledge; as, knowledge-intensive labor.
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knowledge worker
knowledge worker n. A person whose occupation is predominantly concerned with generating or interpreting information, as contrasted with manual labor.
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Known
Known (?), p. p. of Know.
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Know-nothing
Know"-noth`ing (?), n. A member of a secret political organization in the United States, the chief objects of which were the proscription of foreigners by the repeal of the naturalization laws, and the exclusive choice of native Americans for office.
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&hand_; The party originated in 1853, and existed for about three years. The members of it were called Know-nothings, because they replied “I don't know,” to any questions asked them in reference to the party.
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Know-nothingism
Know"-noth`ing*ism (?), n. The doctrines, principles, or practices, of the Know-nothings.
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Knubs
Knubs (?), n. pl. Waste silk formed in winding off the threads from a cocoon.
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Knuckle
Knuc"kle (?), n. [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. knöchel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.] 1. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the closing of the fingers. Davenant.
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2. The kneejoint, or middle joint, of either leg of a quadruped, especially of a calf; -- formerly used of the kneejoint of a human being.
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With weary knuckles on thy brim she kneeled sadly down. Golding.
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3. The joint of a plant. [Obs.] Bacon.
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4. (Mech.) The joining parts of a hinge through which the pin or rivet passes; a knuckle joint.
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5. (Shipbuilding) A convex portion of a vessel's figure where a sudden change of shape occurs, as in a canal boat, where a nearly vertical side joins a nearly flat bottom.
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6. A contrivance, usually of brass or iron, and furnished with points, worn to protect the hand, to add force to a blow, and to disfigure the person struck; -- called also knuckle duster, knuckles or brass knuckles. [Slang.]
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Knuckle joint (Mach.), a hinge joint, in which a projection with an eye, on one piece, enters a jaw between two corresponding projections with eyes, on another piece, and is retained by a pin which passes through the eyes and forms the pivot. -- Knuckle of veal (Cookery), the lower part of a leg of veal, from the line of the body to the knuckle.
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Knuckle
Knuc"kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knuckled (?);; p. pr. & vb. n. Knuckling (?).] To yield; to submit; -- used with down, to, or under.
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To knuckle to. (a) To submit to in a contest; to yield to. [Colloq.] See To knock under, under Knock, v. i. (b) To apply one's self vigorously or earnestly to; as, to knuckle to work. [Colloq.]
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Knuckle
Knuc"kle, v. t. To beat with the knuckles; to pummel. [R.] Horace Smith.
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Knuckled
Knuc"kled (?), a. Jointed. [Obs.] Bacon.
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knuckle under
knuc`kle un"der, v. i. To yield; to submit; -- usually used with to.
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knuckles
knuc"kles n. pl. a small metal weapon, worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand; called also brass knuckles and knuckle duster.
Syn. -- brass knucks, knucks, brass knuckles, knuckle duster.
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knucks
knucks n. pl. same as knuckles.
Syn. -- brass knucks, brass knuckles, knuckles, knuckle duster.
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Knuff
Knuff (nŭf), n. [Cf. Gnof a churl.] A lout; a clown. [Obs.]
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The country knuffs, Hob, Dick, and Hick,
With clubs and clouted shoon.
Hayward.
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Knur
Knur (nûr), n. [See Knurl.] A knurl. Woodward.
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Knurl
Knurl (nûrl), n. [See Knar, Gnar.] A contorted knot in wood; a crossgrained protuberance; a nodule; a boss or projection.
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2. One who, or that which, is crossgrained.
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Knurl
Knurl (nûrl), v. t. To provide with ridges, to assist the grasp, as in the edge of a flat knob, or coin; to mill.
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Knurled
Knurled (nûrld), a. 1. Full of knots; gnarled.
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2. Milled, as the head of a screw, or the edge of a coin.
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Knurly
Knurl"y (nûrl"&ybreve_;), [Compar. Knurlier (nûrl"&ibreve_;*&etilde_;r); superl. Knurliest.] [See Knur, and cf. Gnarly.] Full of knots; hard; tough; hence, capable of enduring or resisting much.
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Knurry
Knur"ry (?), a. Full of knots. [Obs.] Drayton.
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k.o.
K.O.
KO
KO, K.O., k.o. n. a knockout; a blow that renders the opponent unconscious; -- used especially in boxing. [acronym]
Syn. -- knockout.
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KO
KO v. t. [imp. & p. p. KO'd (?); p. pr. & vb. n. KO'ing.] To knock out; to deliver a blow that renders (the opponent) unconscious; -- used especially in boxing. [acronym]
Syn. -- knockout.
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Koaita
Ko*ai"ta (?), n. (Zool.) Same as Coaita.
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Koala
Ko*a"la (?), n. A tailless furry marsupial (Phascolarctos cinereus), found in Australia. The female carries her young on the back of her neck. Called also Australian bear, koala bear, native bear, and native sloth. The koala lives almost all of its life in trees, moves sluggishly like a sloth, and eats eucalyptus leaves almost exclusively.
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Koba
Kob
{ Kob (?), Ko"ba (?) }, n. (Zool.) Any one of several species of African antelopes of the genus Kobus, esp. the species Kobus sing-sing.
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Kobalt
Ko"balt (?), n. See Cobalt.
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Kobellite
Ko"bel*lite, n. [From Franz von Kobell, of Munich.] (Min.) A blackish gray mineral, a sulphide of antimony, bismuth, and lead.
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Kobold
Ko"bold (?), n. [G., perh. orig., house god, hose protector. See Cobalt] A kind of domestic spirit in German mythology, corresponding to the Scottish brownie and the English Robin Goodfellow.
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KO'd
KO'd adj. [from KO, v. t.] rendered unconscious, usually by a blow.
Syn. -- knocked out(predicate), kayoed, out(predicate), stunned.
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Kodachrome
Ko"da*chrome` (kō"dă*krōm`), n. [A trademark.] A brand of photographic transparency bearing a positive color image.
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Kodagu
Kodagu n. A Dravidian language.
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Kodak
Ko"dak (kō"dăk), n. [An invented name.] 1. A kind of portable photographic camera, esp. adapted for snapshot work, in which a succession of negatives is made upon a continuous roll of sensitized film; -- originally a trademark name of the Eastman Kodak Company, but from early 1900's through the 1930's it was popularly applied to almost any hand camera. [Trademark]
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2. A photograph taken with a kodak.
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Kodak
Ko"dak, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Kodaked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kodaking.] To photograph with a kodak; hence, to describe or characterize briefly and vividly. [obsolescent]
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Kodiak
Kodiak prop. n. Same as Kodiak bear.
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Kodiak bear
Kodiak bear n. A large brown bear (Ursus middendorffi syn. Ursus arctos middendorffi) of coastal Alaska and British Columbia related to the grizzly bear; called also Kodiak bear.
Syn. -- Alaskan brown bear, Kodiak, Ursus middendorffi, Ursus arctos middendorffi.
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Koel
Ko"el (?), n. [Native name in India.] (Zool.) Any one of several species of cuckoos of the genus Eudynamys, found in India, the East Indies, and Australia. They deposit their eggs in the nests of other birds.
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Koellia
Koellia n. (Bot.) The genus comprising the American mountain mint, synonymous with Pycnanthemum.
Syn. -- Pycnanthemum, genus Pycnanthemum, genus Koellia.
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Koff
Koff (?), n. [D. kof.] A two-masted Dutch vessel.

Koftgari
Koft`ga*ri" (?), a. [Hind. koft garï goldbeating. fr. Per. koft beating + garï trade.] Ornamental work produced by inlaying steel with gold, -- a variety of damascening much used in the arts of India.
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Kogia
Kogia prop. n. (Zool.) The genus comprising the pygmy sperm whales.
Syn. -- genus Kogia.
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Kohnur
Kohinoor
{ Koh`i*noor", Koh`*nur } (kō`&ibreve_;*n&oomacr_;r"), n. [Per. koh-i-nūr, lit., mountain of light.] A famous diamond, surrendered to the British crown on the annexation of the Punjab. According to Hindu legends, it was found in a Golconda mine, and has been the property of various Hindu and Persian rulers.
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Kohl
Kohl (?), n. [See Alcohol.] A mixture of soot and other ingredients, used by Egyptian and other Eastern women to darken the edges of the eyelids.
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Kohl-rabi
Kohl"-ra`bi (?), n.; pl. Kohl-rabies (#). [G. Cf. Cole, Rape the plant.] (Bot.) A variety of cabbage, in which the edible part is a large, turnip-shaped swelling of the stem, above the surface of the ground.
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Kokama
Ko*ka"ma (?), n. (Zool.) The gemsbok.
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Koklass
Ko"klass (?), n. (Zool.) Any pheasant of the genus Pucrasia. The birds of this genus inhabit India and China, and are distinguished by having a long central and two lateral crests on the head. Called also pucras.
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Kokoon
Ko*koon" (?), n. (Zool.) The gnu.
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Kola nut
Kola
{ Ko"la (?), Kola nut }. Same as Cola, Cola nut.
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Kolarian
Ko*la"ri*an (?), n. (Ethnol.) An individual of one of the races of aboriginal inhabitants which survive in Hindustan. -- a. Of or pertaining to the Kolarians.
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Kolinsky
Ko*lin"sky (?), n. [Russ. kolinski of Kola, a district in northeasten Russia where the finest minks abound.] Among furriers, any of several Asiatic minks; esp., Putorius sibiricus, the yellowish brown pelt of which is valued, esp. for the tail, used for making artists' brushes. Trade names for the fur are red sable and Tatar sable.
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kolkhoz
kol*khoz" n. [Russian, concatenated from kollektivnoye khozyaistvo, collective farm.] A collective farm owned by the communist state, in the former USSR.
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kolkhoznik
kol`khoz"nik n. a member of a kolkhoz.
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Kolushan
Koluschan
{ Ko*lusch"an, Ko*lush"an } (?), a. [From Russ. kalyushka piece of wood (worn in the nether lip).] Designating, or pertaining to, a linguistic stock of North American Indians comprising the Tlinkit tribes of the Alexander Archipelago of southeastern Alaska and adjacent coast lands. Their language bears some affinity to Mexican tongues.
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Kolkwitzia
Kolkwitzia prop. n. A Chinese genus having only one species, the beauty bush.
Syn. -- genus Kolkwitzia.
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Komenic
Ko*me"nic (?), a. [Prob. G. mekonin (by transposition of letters) + -ic.] (Chem.) Of or pertaining to, or designating, an acid derived from meconic acid. [Written also comenic.]
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komondor
komondor n. A Hungarian breed of large powerful shaggy-coated white dog, used also as guard dog.
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Komtok
Kom"tok (?), n. (Zool.) An African freshwater fish (Protopterus annectens), belonging to the Dipnoi. It can breathe air by means of its lungs, and when waters dry up, it encases itself in a nest of hard mud, where it remains till the rainy season. It is used as food.
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Kon
Kon (?), v. t. To know. See Can, and Con. [Obs.]
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Ye konnen thereon as much as any man. Chaucer.
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konini
konini n. An erect deciduous shrub or tree (Fuchsia excorticata), native to New Zealand, growing up to 10 feet, with maroon-flushed flowers.
Syn. -- tree fuchsia, native fuchsia, Fuchsia excorticata.
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Konite
Ko"nite (?), n. (Min.) See Conite.
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Konseal
Kon*seal" (?), n. [Prob. formed from conceal.] (Med.) A form of capsule for inclosing a dose of medicine that is offensive, caustic, or the like.
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Konze
Konze (?), n. (Zool.) A large African antelope (Alcelaphus Lichtensteini), allied to the hartbeest, but having shorter and flatter horns, and lacking a black patch on the face.
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Koodoo
Koo"doo (?), n. (Zool.) A large South African antelope (Strepsiceros kudu). The males have graceful spiral horns, sometimes four feet long. The general color is reddish or grayish brown, with eight or nine white bands on each side, and a pale dorsal stripe. The old males become dark bluish gray, due to the skin showing through the hair. The females are hornless. Called also nellut. [Written also kudu.]
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Kookoom
Koo"koom (?), n. (Zool.) The oryx or gemsbok. [Written also kookaam.]
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Koolokamba
Koo`lo*kam"ba (?), n. (Zool.) A west African anthropoid ape (Troglodytes koolokamba, or Troglodytes Aubryi), allied to the chimpanzee and gorilla, and, in some respects, intermediate between them.
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Koolslaa
Kool"slaa` (?), n. See Coleslaw.
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Koord
Koord (?), n. See Kurd.
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Koordish
Koord"ish, n. See Kurdish.
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Koorilian
Koo*ril"i*an (?), a & n. Same as Kurilian.
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Kop
Kop (?), n. [South Afr. D., fr. D. kop head, akin to G. kopf and prob. to E. cop top.] Hill; mountain. [South Africa]
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kopeck
ko"peck (?), n.; pl. Eng. kopecks, Russ. kopeek. [Russ. kopeika.] A small Russian coin, continued as a unit of currency within the Soviet Union. One hundred kopecks make a ruble. The ruble was worth about sixty cents (U. S.) in 1910; in 1991 a two-kopeck coin could be used for a local telephone call at a pay telephone. After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1993, the exchange value of the ruble declined rapidly and by the end of 1994 the ruble was worth three hundredths of a cent, and by 1997 two hundredths of a cent. By 1993, the kopek had become of such small value that it was obsolete and no longer minted. [Written also kopek, copec, and copeck.]
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koppie
kopje
kop"je, kop"pie (k&obreve_;p"&ibreve_;) n. [South African D., dim. of kop. See Kop.] A hillock; a small kop, especially a small hill rising up from the African veld. [South Africa]
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&hand_; The colloqual Dutch pronunciation as here given is the usual one in South Africa.
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kor
kor n. A Hebrew unit of capacity.
Syn. -- homer.
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Koran
Ko"ran (kō"r&aitalic_;n or k&ouptack_;*rän"; 277), n. [Ar. qorān; with the Ar. article, Alkoran, Alcoran; = Turk. Pers. qurân, from Ar. quran, qoran, book, reading, from qârâ, read. See Alcoran.] The Scriptures of the Muslims, containing the professed revelations to Mohammed; -- called also Alcoran. [Written also Kuran or Quran, Also rarely Coran and Core.]

&hand_; The Koran is the sacred book of the Muslims (sometimes called Mohammedans by non-Muslims, a term considered offensive by some Muslims). It is the most important foundation on which Islam rests and it is held in the highest veneration by all Islamic sects. When being read it must be kept on a stand elevated above the floor. No one may read it or touch it without first making a legal ablution. It is written in the Arabic language, and its style is considered a model. The substance of the Koran is held to be uncreated and eternal. Mohammed was merely the person to whom the work was revealed. At first the Koran was not written, but entirely committed to memory. But when a great many of the best Koran reciters had been killed in battle, Omar suggested to Abu-Bekr (the successor of Mohammed) that it should be written down. Abu-Bekr accordingly commanded Zeid, an amanuensis of the prophet, to commit it to writing. This was the authorized text until 23 years after the death of the prophet. A number of variant readings had, however, crept into use. By order of the calif Osman in the year 30 of the Hejira, Zeid and three assistants made a careful revision which was adopted as the standard, and all the other copies were ordered to be burned. The Koran consists of 114 suras or divisions. These are not numbered, but each one has a separate name. They are not arranged in historical order. These suras purport to be the addresses delivered by Mohammed during his career at Mecca and Medina. As a general rule the shorter suras, which contain the theology of Islam, belong to the Meccan period; while the longer ones, relating to social duties and relationships, to Medina. The Koran is largely drawn from Jewish and Christian sources, the former prevailing. Moses and Jesus are reckoned among the prophets. The biblical narratives are interwoven with rabbinical legends. The customs of the Jews are made to conform to those of the Arabians. Islamic theology consists in the study of the Koran and its commentaries. A very fine collection of Korans, including one in Cufic (the old Arabic character), is to be found in the Khedival Library at Cairo, Egypt.
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Korea
Korea prop. n. An Asian peninsula off Manchuria.
Syn. -- Korean Peninsula.
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Korean
Korean prop. a. Of or pertaining to Korea; as, Korean handicrafts; the Korean war.
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Korin
Ko"rin (?), n. (Zool.) The gazelle.
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Korinthos
Korinthos prop. prop. n. [Greek.] A city in Greece, called Corinth in English; the modern city is near the site of the ancient city that was 2nd only to Athens in size and power in ancient Greece.
Syn. -- Corinth.
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Korrigum
Kor"ri*gum (?), n. [Native name.] (Zool.) A West African antelope (Damalis Senegalensis), allied to the sassaby. It is reddish gray, with a black face, and a black stripe on the outside of the legs above the knees.
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kos
kos n. an Indian unit of length having different values in different localities.
Syn. -- coss.
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Kosher
Ko"sher (?), a. [heb. koshër fit, proper.] 1. Ceremonially clean, according to Jewish law; -- applied to food, esp. to meat of animals slaughtered according to the requirements of Jewish law. Opposed to tref. For food to be officially kosher, it must be certified fit to eat by a Rabbi, according to Jewish ritual law; as, kosher food. Hence, designating a shop, store, house, etc., where such food is sold or used; as, a kosher restaurant.
Syn. -- cosher, ritually fit, sanctioned.
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2. Hence: Proper; seemly; appropriate; legitimate; as, it's not kosher to do it that way. [colloq.]
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3. Genuine. [colloq.]
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Kosher
Ko"sher, n. Kosher food; also, a kosher shop.
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2. the practise of adherence to the Jewish ritual law; used mostly in the phrase keep kosher, v. i..
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keep kosher To adhere to the rules for eating only kosher food and handling it properly.
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Kosher
Ko"sher, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Koshered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Koshering.] To prepare in conformity with the requirements of the Jewish law, as meat.
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Kosmos
Kos"mos (?), n. See Cosmos. Gladstone.
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Kosteletzya
Kosteletzya n. A small genus of herbs of the Southeastern U. S. and tropical America and Africa.
Syn. -- genus Kosteletzya.
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Kotow
Ko*tow" (?), n. [Chinese, knock head.] Same as kowtow, the more common spellings. [China] [Also spelled kowtow.] S. W. Williams.
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Kotow
Ko*tow", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kotowed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kotowing.] 1. To perform the kotow. Now usually spelled kowtow. [Also spelled kowtow.]
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2. To defer to another in a servile or humiliating manner; to act obsequiously.
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Koulan
Kou"lan (?), n. [Native name.] (Zool.) A wild horse (Equus onager or Asinus onager) inhabiting the plains of Central Asia; -- called also gour, khur, and onager. [Written also kulan.]
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&hand_; It is sometimes confounded with the dziggetai, to which it is closely related. It is gray in winter, but fulvous in summer. It has a well defined, dark, dorsal stripe, and a short, erect mane. In size, it is intermediate between the horse and ass.
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Koumiss
Kou"miss (?), n. [Russ. kumys; of Mongolian origin.] An intoxicating fermented or distilled liquor originally made by the Tartars of central Asia from mare's or camel's milk. It can be obtained from any kind of milk, and is now largely made in Europe. [Written also koumyss, kumiss, kumis, kumish, and kumys.]
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Koumiss has from time immemorial served the Tartar instead of wine or spirits. J. H. Newman.
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Kousso
Kous"so (?), n. (Bot.) An Abyssinian rosaceous tree (Brayera anthelmintica), the flowers of which are used as a vermifuge. [Written also cusso and kosso.]
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kowhai
kowhai n. A shrub or small tree (Sophora tetraptera) of New Zealand and Chile having pendulous racemes of tubular golden-yellow flowers; it yields a hard strong wood.
Syn. -- Sophora tetraptera.
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Kowtow
Kow*tow" (?), n. [Chinese, knock head.] The prostration made by mandarins and others to their superiors, either as homage or worship, by knocking the forehead on the ground; same as Kotow. There are degrees in the rite, the highest being expressed by three knockings. [China] [Also spelled kotow.] S. W. Williams.
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Kowtow
Kow*tow", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kowtowed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kowtowing.] To perform the kowtow. Same as Kotow
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I have salaamed and kowtowed to him. H. James.
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2. To defer to another in a servile or humiliating manner; to act obsequiously.
Syn. -- kotow.
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Kr
Kr prop. n. (Chem.) The chemical symbol for the element krypton, one of the six noble gases. [abbrev.]
Syn. -- krypton.
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Kra
Kra (?), n. (Zool.) A long-tailed ape (Macacus cynomolgus) of India and Sumatra. It is reddish olive, spotted with black, and has a black tail.
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Kraal
Kraal (kräl or kr&asuml_;l; 277), n. [D., a village, inclosure, park, prob. fr. Pg. curral a cattle pen; the same word as Sp. corral. See Corral.] 1. A collection of huts within a stockade; a village; sometimes, a single hut. [South Africa]
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2. An inclosure into which are driven wild elephants which are to be tamed and educated. [Ceylon]
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Krait
Krait (?), n. [Native name.] (Zool.) A very venomous snake of India (Bungarus coeruleus), allied to the cobra. Its upper parts are bluish or brownish black, often with narrow white streaks; the belly is whitish.
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Kraken
Kra"ken (?), n. [Prob. from OSw. krake, or ODan. krage the trunk of a tree, the branches of which are not entirely cut off, to which it was likened by the Norwegian mariners.] A fabulous Scandinavian sea monster, often represented as resembling an island, but sometimes as resembling an immense octopus.
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To believe all that has been said of the sea serpent or kraken, would be credulity; to reject the possibility of their existence, would be presumption. Goldsmith.
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Like a kraken huge and black. Longfellow.
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Krakowiak
Kra*ko"wi*ak (?), n. (Mus.) A lively Polish dance. See Cracovienne.
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Krameria
Kra*me"ri*a (?), prop. n. [NL. So called after the German botanists, J. G. H. Kramer & W. H. Kramer.] (Bot.) A genus of spreading shrubs with many stems, from one species of which (Krameria triandra), found in Peru, rhatany root, used as a medicine, is obtained.
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Krameric
Kra*mer"ic (?), a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, Krameria (rhatany); as, krameric acid, usually called ratanhia-tannic acid.
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Krang
Krang (?), n. [Cf. D. kreng a carcass.] The carcass of a whale after the blubber has been removed. [Written also crang and kreng.]
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Kranging hook
Krang"ing hook` (?) n. (Whaling) A hook for holding the blubber while cutting it away. [Written also cranging hook.]
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Kreatic
Kre*at"ic (?), a. See Creatic.
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Kreatin
Kre"a*tin (?), n. (Chem.) See Creatin.
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Kreatinin
Kre*at"i*nin (?), n. (Chem.) See Creatinin.
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Kreel
Kreel (?), n. See Creel.
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Kremlin
Krem"lin (?), n. [Russ. kremle.] 1. The citadel of a town or city; especially, the citadel of Moscow, a large inclosure which contains imperial palaces, cathedrals, churches, an arsenal, etc. [Russia]

2. Hence: The government of Russia (or, 1920-1992, of the Soviet Union). [metonymical]
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Krems
Krems (?), n. A variety of white lead. See Krems lead, under Lead, n.
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Kreng
Kreng (?), n. See Krang.
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Kreosote
Kre"o*sote (?), n. See Creosote.
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Kreutzer
Kreut"zer (kroit"s&etilde_;r), n. [G. kreuzer.] A small copper coin formerly used in South Germany; also, a small Austrian copper coin. [Written also kreuzer.]
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Kriegsspiel
Kriegs"spiel` (&unr_;), n. [G., fr. krieg war + spiel play.] A game of war, played for practice, on maps. Farrow.
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Kris
Kris (?), n. A Malay dagger. See Creese.
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Krishna
Krish"na (kr&ibreve_;sh"n&adot_;), n. [Skr. k&rsdot_;sh&nsdot_;a ' The black.'.] (Hindu Myth.) The most popular of the Hindu divinities, usually held to be the eighth incarnation of the god Vishnu.
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&hand_; Krishna is a well-known Hindu deity. Originally the ethnic god of some powerful confederation of Rajput clans, by fusion with the Vishnu of the older theology Krishna becomes one of the chief divinities of Hinduism. He is indeed an avatar of Vishnu, or Vishnu himself. In his physical character mingle myths of fire, lightning, and storm, of heaven and the sun. In the epic he is a hero invincible in war and love, brave, but above all crafty. He was the son of Vasudeva and Devaki, and born at Mathura, on the Yamuna, between Delhi and Agra, among the Yadavas. Like that of many solar heroes, his birth was beset with peril. On the night when it took place, his parents had to remove him from the reach of his uncle, King Kansa, who sought his life because he had been warned by a voice from heaven that the eighth son of Devaki would kill him, and who had regularly made away with his nephews at their birth. Conveyed across the Yamuna, Krishna was brought up as their son by the shepherd Nanda and his wife Yashoda, together with his brother Balarama, 'Rama the strong,' who had been likewise saved from massacre. The two brothers grew up among the shepherds, slaying monsters and demons and sporting with the Gopis, the female cowherds of Vrindavana. Their birth and infancy, their juvenile exploits, and their erotic gambols with the Gopis became in time the essential portion of the legend of Krishna, and their scenes are today the most celebrated centers of his worship. When grown, the brothers put their uncle Kansa to death, and Krishna became king of the Yadavas. He cleared the land of monsters, warred against impious kings, and took part in the war of the sons of Pandu against those of Dhritarashtra, as described in the Mahabharata. He transferred his capital to Dvaraka ('the city of gates'), the gates of the West, since localized in Gujarat. There he and his race were overtaken by the final catastrophe. After seeing his brother slain, and the Yadavas kill each other to the last man, he himself perished, wounded in the heel, like Achilles, by the arrow of a hunter. The bible of the worshipers of Vishnu in his most popular manifestation, that of Krishna, consists of the Bhagavatapurana and the Bhagavadgita. See these words.
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Hare Krishnas A popular name for the group International Society for Krishna Consciousness (abbreviated ISKCON), devotees of Krishna, founded in 1966 by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (born 1896, died 1977). They are called thus because of their frequent public chanting of the words “Hare Krishna”.
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Kritarchy
Kri"tarch*y (krī"tärk*&ybreve_;), n. [Gr. krith`s judge + 'archh` beginning, government.] The rule of the judges over Israel.
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Samson, Jephthah, Gideon, and other heroes of the kritarchy. Southey.
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Krokidolite
Kro*kid"o*lite (kr&ouptack_;*k&ibreve_;d"&ouptack_;*līt), n. (Min.) See Crocidolite.
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Krone
Kro"ne (krō"n&auptack_;), n. [Dan.] A coin of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, of the value of about twenty-eight cents (in 1913). See Crown, n., 9.
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Krooman
Kroo"man (kr&oomacr_;"m&aitalic_;n), n.; pl. Kroomen (kr&oomacr_;"m&eitalic_;n). One of a negro tribe of Liberia and the adjacent coast, whose members are much employed on shipboard.
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Kruller
Krul"ler (krŭl"l&etilde_;r), n. See Cruller.

Krumhorn
Krummhorn
{ Krumm"horn`, Krum"horn` } (kr&oomacr_;m"hôrn`), n. [G. krummhorn cornet; krumm crooked + horn horn.] (Mus.) (a) A reed instrument of music of the cornet kind, now obsolete (see Cornet, 1, a.). (b) A reed stop in the organ; -- sometimes called cremona.
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Krupp gun
Krupp` gun" (kr&oobreve_;p`gŭn") n.. A breech-loading steel cannon manufactured at the works of Friedrich Krupp, at Essen in Prussia. Guns of over eight-inch bore are made up of several concentric cylinders; those of a smaller size are forged solid. [obsolescent] Knight.
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Kruppize
Krupp"ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kruppized (&unr_;); p. pr. & vb. n. Kruppizing.] (Metal.) To treat by, or subject to, the Krupp process.
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Krupp process
Krupp process (kr&oobreve_;p) n. (Iron Metal.) (a) A process practiced by Friedrich Krupp, Essen, Germany, for washing pig iron, differing from the Bell process in using manganese as well as iron oxide, and performed in a Pernot furnace. Called also the Bell-Krupp process. (b) A process for the manufacture of steel armor plates, invented or practiced by Krupp, the details of which are secret. It is understood to involve the addition of chromium as well as nickel to the metal, and to include a treatment like that of the Harvey process with unknown variations or additions. The product is mentioned by some authors, as improved Harvey, or Harvey-Krupp armor plate.
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Kryolite
Kry"o*lite (?), n. (Min.) See Cryolite.
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Krypton
Kryp"ton (kr&ibreve_;p"t&obreve_;n), n. [NL., fr. Gr. krypto`n, neut. of krypto`s hidden.] (Chem.) An inert gaseous element of the argon (noble gas) group, of atomic number 36, occurring in air to the extent of about one volume in a million. It was discovered by Ramsay and Travers in 1898. Boiling point, -152.3° C.; melting point, -156.6° C.; symbol, Kr; atomic weight, 83.8.
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Ksar
Ksar (zär), n. See Czar.

Kshatruya
Kshatriya
{ Ksha"tri*ya (ksh&adot_;"tr&euptack_;*y&adot_;), Ksha"tru*ya (?), } n. [Skr. kshatriya one belonging to the military caste.] The military caste, the second of the four great Hindu castes; also, a member of that caste. See Caste. [India]
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Kuda
Ku"da (k&oomacr_;"d&adot_;), n. (Zool.) The East Indian tapir. See Tapir.
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Kudos
Ku"dos (kū"d&obreve_;s), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ky^dos glory.] Glory; fame; renown; praise. W. H. Russel.
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Kudos
Ku"dos, v. t. To praise; to extol; to glorify.Kudos'd egregiously.” [R.] Southey.
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Kudu
Ku"du (k&oomacr_;"d&oomacr_;), n. (Zool.) See Koodoo.
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Kufic
Ku"fic (?), a. See Cufic.
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Kukang
Ku*kang" (?), n. (Zool.) [Native name.] The slow lemur. See Lemur.
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Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux
Kuklux
Ku`klux", Ku` Klux", Ku` Klux" Klan (?), n. The name adopted in the southern part of the United States by a secret political organization, active for several years after the close of the Civil War, and having for its aim the repression of the political power of the freed negroes; -- called also Kuklux Klan and the Klan. It exerienced a revival in the 1920's, in the north as well as the south, and persists as a weak organization into the 1990's. Its goals were primarily anti-negro and anti-Catholic, and its tactics included terrorist attacks on negroes for the purpose of intimidation with the goal of continuing segregation. The signature activity of the Klan was the burning of a cross, either at rallies of Klansmen, or on the property of African-Americans which they hoped to intimidate.
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Kulan
Ku"lan (?), n. (Zool.) See Koulan.

Kulturkampf
Kul*tur"kampf` (?), n. [G., fr. kultur, cultur, culture + kampf fight.] (Ger. Hist.) Lit., culture war; -- a name, originating with Virchow (1821 - 1902), given to a struggle between the Roman Catholic Church and the German government, chiefly over the latter's efforts to control educational and ecclesiastical appointments in the interest of the political policy of centralization. The struggle began with the passage by the Prussian Diet in May, 1873, of the so-called May laws, or Falk laws, aiming at the regulation of the clergy. Opposition eventually compelled the government to change its policy, and from 1880 to 1887 laws virtually nullifying the May laws were enacted.
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Kumiss
Kumish
{ Ku"mish (?), Ku"miss (?), } n. See Koumiss.
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Kummel
Kum"mel (?), n. [G. kümmel cumin, caraway seed, L. cuminum. Cf. Cumin.] A Russian and German liqueur, consisting of a sweetened spirit flavored with caraway seeds.
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kumquat
kum"quat (?), n. [Chin. kin keu.] (Bot.) any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Fortunella (formerly Citrus) of the rue family (Rutaceae) (especially Citrus Japonica) growing in China and Japan bearing small orange-colored edible fruits with thick sweet-flavored skin and sour pulp; also, any of the small acid, orange-colored citrus fruits of such plants, used mostly for preserves. [Also spelled cumquat.]
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Kupfernickel
Kup"fer*nick"el (?), n. [G. See Copper, and Nickel.] (Min.) Copper-nickel; niccolite. See Niccolite.
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kurakkan
kurakkan n. An East Indian cereal grass (Eleusine coracana) whose seed yield a somewhat bitter flour, a staple in the Orient.
Syn. -- finger millet, ragi, ragee, African millet, coracan, corakan, Eleusine coracana.
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kurchatovium
kurchatovium n. [From Igor Kurchatov, a Russian scientist who worked on the atomic bomb.] A transuranic element of atomic number 104, symbol Ku; also called rutherfordium, symbol Rf. It is produced in very small quantities by nuclear reactions. In November 1993 the nomenclature committe of the American Chemical Society approved the name rutherfordium for element 104. Russsian investigators who claim to have first discovered element 104, isotope 260 (half-life 0.3 seconds) in 1964 at Dubna proposed the name kurchatovium. However, investigators at Berkely in 1969 produced several isotopes of element 104 but were unable to produce isotope 260; they reported finding isotope 257, with a half-life of 4-5 seconds, isotope 259 with a half-life of 3-4 seconds, and isotope 258 with a shorter half-life.
Syn. -- rutherfordium, Rf, Ku, unnilquadium, Unq, element 104, atomic number 104.
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kurchi
kurchee
kurchee, kurchi n. A tropical Asian tree (Holarrhena antidysenterica syn. Holarrhena pubescens) with hard white wood and bark formerly used as a remedy for dysentery and diarrhea.
Syn. -- ivory tree, conessi, kurchee, Holarrhena pubescens, Holarrhena antidysenterica.
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Kurd
Kurd (?), prop. n. A member of a people who inhabit a mountainous region of Western Asia, sometimes referred to as Kurdistan, spread over an area including adjoining parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Syria. The people of this region speak Kurdish and are mostly Moslem. [Written also Koord.]
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Kurdish
Kurd"ish, prop. a. Of or pertaining to the Kurds, the Kurdish language, or Kurdistan. [Written also Koordish.]
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Kurdish
Kurd"ish, prop. n. The language of the Kurds; it is related to Farsi, the modern Iranian language. [Written also Koordish.]
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Kurilian
Ku*ril"i*an (?), a. Of or pertaining to the Kurile Islands, a chain of islands in the Pacific ocean, extending from the southern extremity of Kamchatka to Yesso. -- n. A native or an inhabitant of the Kurile Islands. [Written also Koorilian.]
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Kuro-Siwo
Ku"ro-Siwo (?), n. [Jap. kuroshio; kuro black + shio tide.] See Japan Current, above.
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Kursaal
Kur"saal` (?), n. [G.] A public hall or room, for the use of visitors at watering places and health resorts in Germany.
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Kusimanse
Ku`si*man"se (?), n. (Zool.) A carnivorous animal (Crossarchus obscurus) of tropical Africa. It its allied to the civets. Called also kusimansel, and mangue.
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Kuskus
Kus"kus (?), [Per. & Hind. khaskhas.] (Bot.) See Vetiver.
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Kussier
Kus"si*er (?), n. (Mus.) A Turkish instrument of music, with a hollow body covered with skin, over which five strings are stretched. [Written also kussir.]
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Kutauss
Ku*tauss" (?), n. (Zool.) The India civet (Viverra zibetha).
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Kutch
Kutch (?), n. (Goldbeating) The packet of vellum leaves in which the gold is first beaten into thin sheets.
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Kutch
Kutch, n. See Catechu.
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kvass
kvass (?), n. [Russ. kvas'.] A thin, sour beer, made by pouring warm water on rye or barley meal and letting it ferment, -- much used by the Russians. [written also quas and quass.]
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Kwajalein
Kwajalein prop. n. A battle of World War II (January 1944); American forces landed and captured a Japanese airbase.
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Kwan-yin
Kwan yin
Kwan yin, Kwan-yin prop. n. (Buddhism) A female Bodhisattva; often called Goddess of Mercy and considered an aspect of the Bodisattva Avalokitesvara; identified with Japanese Kwannon.
Syn. -- Kuan Yin.
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Kwannon
Kwannon prop. n. Japanese counterpart of the Chinese Kuan Yin.
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kweek
kweek n. A trailing grass (Cynodon dactylon) native to Europe, now cosmopolitan in warm regions; used for lawns and pastures especially in the Southern U. S. and India. Called also Bahama grass and Bermuda grass.
Syn. -- Bermuda grass, devil grass, Bahama grass, doob, scutch grass, star grass, Cynodon dactylon.
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kwela
kwela n. A kind of danceable music popular among black South Africans; it includes a whistle among its instruments.
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Ky
Ky (?), n. pl. Kine. [Scot.] See Kee, Kie, and Kine.
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Kyaboca wood
Ky`a*bo"ca wood` (?) n. (Bot.) (a) Amboyna wood. (b) Sandalwood (Santalum album).
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Kyack
Ky"ack (kī"ăk), n. 1. A pack sack to be swung on either side of a packsaddle. [Western U. S.]

2. A kayak.
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Kyanite
Ky"a*nite (?), n. See Cyanite.
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Kyanize
Ky"an*ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kyanized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kyanizing (?).] [From Mr. Kyan, the inventor of the process.] To render (wood) proof against decay by saturating with a solution of corrosive sublimate in open tanks, or under pressure.
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Kyanol
Ky"a*nol (?), n. [See Cyanite.] (Chem.) (a) Aniline. [Obs.] (b) A base obtained from coal tar. Ure.
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Kyanophyll
Ky*an"o*phyll (?), n. (Bot.) Same as Cyanophyll.
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Kyar
Kyar (?), n. Cocoanut fiber, or the cordage made from it. See Coir.
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Kyaw
Kyaw (?), n. (Zool.) A daw. [Scot.]
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Kyd
Kyd (?), p. p. of Kythe.
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Kydde
Kyd"de (&unr_;), imp. of Kythe, to show. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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&hand_; Spenser erroneously uses kydst to mean “knowest.”
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Kyke
Kyke (?), v. i. [See 1st Kike.] To look steadfastly; to gaze. [Obs.] [Written also kike, keke.]
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This Nicholas sat ever gaping upright,
As he had kyked on the newe moon.
Chaucer.
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kylie
Kyley
Ky"ley, ky"lie (kī"l&ybreve_;), n. 1. an Australian boomerang, having one side flat and the other convex.
Syn. -- kiley.
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Kyloes
Ky"loes (?), n. pl. The cattle of the Hebrides, or of the Highlands. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
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Kymnel
Kym"nel (?), n. See Kimnel. [Obs.] Chapman.
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Kymograph
Ky"mo*graph (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; wave + -graph.] (Physiol.) An instrument for measuring, and recording graphically, the pressure of the blood in any of the blood vessels of a living animal; -- called also kymographion.
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Kymographic
Ky`mo*graph"ic (?), a. (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to a kymograph; as, a kymographic tracing.
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Kymric
Kym"ric (?), a & n. See Cymric, a. & n.
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Kymry
Kym"ry (?), n. See Cymry.
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Kynrede
Kyn"rede (?), n. Kindred. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Kynurenic
Ky`nu*ren"ic (?), a. [Gr. &unr_;, &unr_;, dog + &unr_; urine.] (Physiol. Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid obtained from the urine of dogs. By decomposition the acid yields a nitrogenous base (called kynurin) and carbonic acid. [Written also cynurenic.]
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Kyrie
Kyr"i*e (?), n. See Kyrie eleison.
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Kyrie eleison
Kyr"i*e e*lei"son (?) n. & interj. [Gr. ky`rie 'elei^son .]
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1. (R. C. Ch.) Greek words, meaning “Lord, have mercy upon us,” used in the Mass, the breviary offices, the litany of the saints, etc. Addis & Arnold.
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2. The name given to the response to the Commandments, in the service of the Church of England and of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
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Kyrielle
Kyr`i*elle (?), n. [Cf. F. kyrielle.] A litany beginning with the words, “Kyrie eleison.” Shipley.

Kyriology
Kyriolexy
{ Kyr"i*o*lex`y (?), Kyr`i*ol"o*gy (?), } n. [Gr. &unr_;, &unr_;. See Curiologic.] The use of literal or simple expressions, as distinguished from the use of figurative or obscure ones. Krauth-Fleming.
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Kyriological
Kyr`i*o*log"ic*al (?), a. [See Curiologic.] Serving to denote objects by conventional signs or alphabetical characters; as, the original Greek alphabet of sixteen letters was called kyriologic, because it represented the pure elementary sounds. See Curiologic. [Written also curiologic and kuriologic.]
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&hand_; The term is also applied, as by Warburton, to those Egyptian hieroglyphics, in which a part is put conventionally for the whole, as in depicting a battle by two hands, one holding a shield and the other a bow.

Kithe
Kythe
{ Kythe, Kithe (kī&thlig_;) }, v. t. [imp. Kydde, Kidde (k&ibreve_;d"de); p. p. Kythed (?), Kid; p. pr. & vb. n. Kything.] [OE. kythen, kithen, cuðen, to make known, AS. c&ymacr_;ðan, fr. cūð known. √45. See Uncouth, Can to be able, and cf. Kith.] To make known; to manifest; to show; to declare. [Obs. or Scot.]
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For gentle hearte kytheth gentilesse. Chaucer.
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Kythe
Kythe, v. t. To come into view; to appear. [Scot.]
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It kythes bright . . . because all is dark around it. Sir W. Scott.
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Kytomiton
Ky*tom"i*ton (k&iuptack_;*t&obreve_;m"&ibreve_;*t&obreve_;n), n. [NL., from Gr. ky`tos a hollow vessel + mi`tos a thread.] (Biol.) See Karyomiton.
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Kytoplasma
Ky`to*plas"ma (kī`t&ouptack_;*plăz"m&adot_;), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ky`tos a hollow vessel + pla`sma thing molded.] (Biol.) See Karyoplasma.
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