kenning

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kenning conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1978, the World Water Speed record was made by Ken Warby from Australia. His average speed was 317.6 mph, and his jet-powered hydroplane was 27 feet long called "Spirit of Australia." Warby built the boat himself in his back yard
    • Kenning Range of sight.
    • Kenning The limit of vision at sea, being a distance of about twenty miles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only father and son to hit back-to-back home runs in a major league baseball game: Ken Griffey, Jr., and his father, Ken Griffey, Sr., both of the Seattle Mariners in a game against the California Angels on September 14th, 1990.
    • n kenning Sight; view; especially, a distant view at sea.
    • n kenning Range or extent of vision, especially at sea; hence, a marine measure of about twenty miles.
    • n kenning As little as one can recognize or discriminate; a small portion; a little: as, put in a kenning of salt.
    • n kenning The cicatricula or tread of an egg. Also kinning.
    • n kenning In Old Norse, Anglo-Saxon, and other old Teutonic poetry, a distinctive poetical name, usually periphrastic in form, used in addition to, or substituted for, the usual name of a thing or person. Such terms form a usual ornament of Anglo-Saxon verse, as in ‘Beowulf,’ ‘Exodus,’ etc. Examples are ‘whale-road,’ and ‘gannet's bath’ for ‘the sea,’ ‘ward of the bone-house’ (that is ‘keeper of the breast’), for ‘heart’ or ‘mind.’
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kenning (Bacon) range of vision:
    • n Kenning (Scot.) a small portion
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Idioms

Beyond our ken - If something's beyond your ken, it is beyond your understanding.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Ken (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. kenna, orig. to cause to know. Cf. can and know.

Usage

In literature:

Oh, Ken, she has the loveliest suit!
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
Mony ane kens the gude fellow that disna ken the gude fellow's wife.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
I didna ken that I opened my mouth.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Noo, dinna trifle wi' your drink as ye did wi' your meat, or I'll no ken what to think o' ye at a'.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17" by Alexander Leighton
Noo the Romans were first and foremost a practical people, as a'body kens.
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
You first, Ken, because you're the visitor.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
You ken well how to do it.
"David Fleming's Forgiveness" by Margaret Murray Robertson
At my time of life, health mustna be trifled with, you ken.
"The Orphans of Glen Elder" by Margaret Murray Robertson
But I ken none of it.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
Ye've no chance, ye ken.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
But He kens best," she sighed brokenly, "aye, aye, He kens best.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
Ye're wearyin' to be away to the war, I ken as well as if ye telled me.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
In the past year, Ken, five senators have announced their resignations from the Senate of the United States.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The ticklish game of "carrying on" was beyond Martin's present ken.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
I ken the way, I ken the way.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Gude forbid that we suld ken what like it was!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Ken angled down a hundred feet into the deeper shadows, not wanting to apprise them of his presence.
"Seed of the Arctic Ice" by H. G. Winter
Ye ken there is no nook or hollow of these hills that I dinna ken every foot of.
"The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp" by Thornton W. Burgess
I wonder, too, if the robin kens his ain footmarks, and if they mean anything to him.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
For the pools of the water of Ken slept, now black, now silver, beneath us.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
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In poetry:

By cam a minister o' the kirk:
"A sair mishanter!" he cried;
"Wha kens whaur the villains may lirk!
I s' haud to the ither side!"
"Godly Ballants" by George MacDonald
"To know and feel in some dim wise,
That is not clear to mortal ken,
The calm yet splendid destinies
The ages slowly shape for men;
"Grasmere" by Alexander Anderson
An' weel he likes me, I ken, an' weel
Can he whisper his manly voo;
An' weel I like to listen to him—
I can hear his voice the noo.
"Daft Ailie" by Alexander Anderson
Then Gibby, shakin' his heid, said, "Na,
I canna dae that this nicht,
For it wants na much o' the Sabbath morn,
And ye ken it wadna be richt."
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
The brutes, they say, aye sooner ken
Whan some uncanny thing is near
Than man; an' aften start an' shy,
An' turn, an' howl, an' sweat for fear.
"The Greetin' Bairn" by Janet Hamilton
O! I ha'e ken'd—I ken e'en now—
O' hames to whilk a mither's care
Has brocht contentment wi' sic lot—
For mither's love, an' God's, war there!
"Winter" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Californian Ken Barnes is currently awaiting rescue aboard his 44-foot ketch, Privateer which was battered in a storm off the coast of Chile.
Ken Messer passed away this morning after a long batter with cancer.
Ken had worked at KIMA-TV since 1982 until he retired in 2007.
Ken Oringer's restaurant empire includes Clio , Uni, Toro, La Verdad, KO Prime, Coppa, and Earth.
Ken Oringer is currently involved with seven restaurants in the Boston area and beyond, including Clio and Uni Sashimi Bar.
Ken Blanchard believes corporate America is in desperate need of a different leadership role model.
Ken is a walking management encyclopedia: He's written 50 books with more than 90 contributing authors.
Ken Morris says he wants to put the issue to rest.
Ken Ruch of George Didden Greenhouses Inc in Hatfield says the Waterloo Gardens situation… (CLEM MURRAY / Staff ).
Jeff Anastasio / KENS 5.
Ken Willis, right, the plant's chaplain, talking with Fred L Mason Jr at the Tyson chicken processing facility in Glen Allen, Va.
Enlarge Ken Stevens ksteven2@mlive.com The view of Lake Michigan as a motorist would view it after driving around the curve past Beachwood Park in Muskegon.
It took about 37 years for his "baby" to officially became full grown, but it was definitely worth the wait for Ken Rinear.
Ken Mampel, an unemployed, 56-year-old Floridian, is in large part the creator of the massive Hurricane Sandy Wikipedia page.
0 Posted November 11, 2009 by Ken Shimamoto in Music.
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In science:

Sugihara Kokichi Graduate School of Advanced Mathematical Sciences Meiji University, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan.
The Japanese Smart Grid Initiatives, Investments, and Collaborations
Amy Poh Ai Ling Graduate School of Advanced Mathematical Sciences Meiji University, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan.
The Japanese Smart Grid Initiatives, Investments, and Collaborations
The authors are also grateful for the support from Stuart Marshall, Ken Zhou, and the computational team at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory during their usage of the Orange cluster.
Dwarf Galaxies with Ionizing Radiation Feedback. I: Escape of Ionizing Photons
To identify these worldsheet instanton contributions, it is more handy to reason in terms of the type I S-dual theory on T 2 × fEH , which has space-time filling D9 branes supporting the unbro ken gauge group.
Gauge Threshold Corrections for N = 2 Heterotic Local Models with Flux, and Mock Modular Forms
The authors are happy to acknowledge the contributions of many friends and colleagues who held helpful discussions with us on polygons, knots, and probability, especially Tetsuo Deguchi and Ken Millett.
The Expected Total Curvature of Random Polygons
Acknow ledgments We are grateful to Ken Intriligator, Erich Poppitz and Witold Skiba for many helpful discussions, particularly with regard to the SU (2) × SU (2) theories.
Systematic Study of Theories with Quantum Modified Moduli II
Ken Brown, Persi Diaconis, Alain Lascoux, Andrei Okounkov, and Craig Tracy for providing helpful suggestions and additional references.
Generalized Riffle Shuffles and Quasisymmetric Functions
Ken Maxwell (2001) talks of this as level two collaborative organisational interaction which he considers being a high level of HCI interaction.
The Review and Analysis of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Principles
The value of Nk can be estimated by calculating when the argument of the Bessel function in Eq. (53) becomes of order unity and J3/2 (¯keN ) starts to oscillate.
The Effect of Curvaton Decay on the Primordial Power Spectrum
Kiwoon Choi, Kwang Sik Jeong, and Ken-ichi Okumura.
Models of Particle Physics from Type IIB String Theory and F-theory: A Review
Kiwoon Choi, Kwang Sik Jeong, Tatsuo Kobayashi, and Ken-ichi Okumura.
Models of Particle Physics from Type IIB String Theory and F-theory: A Review
Ken Young described the progress made on DUMAND, which has finally become a reality after so many years of planning and detector development.
Summary of Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics Sessions
Ken Freeman, Amina Helmi and John Norris commented on an earlier version of the manuscript.
The Galactic Halo: Conference Summary
Note that again the geometry of K3 disappears from the ken of low energy observers and is replaced by a space of a different dimension and topology.
M Theory and Cosmology
Many thanks to the NorthCentral Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), especially Ken Cervenka, for preparing and providing the data.
The dynamics of iterated transportation simulations
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