knowing

Definitions

  • "'I don't know what to do!'"
    "'I don't know what to do!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj knowing highly educated; having extensive information or understanding "knowing instructors","a knowledgeable critic","a knowledgeable audience"
    • adj knowing evidencing the possession of inside information
    • adj knowing alert and fully informed "a knowing collector of rare books","surprisingly knowledgeable about what was going on"
    • adj knowing characterized by conscious design or purpose "intentional damage","a knowing attempt to defraud","a willful waste of time"
    • n knowing a clear and certain mental apprehension
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I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know
"I'm a-goin' to buy that little picter, and I want to know if I can take it home now?" "I'm a-goin' to buy that little picter, and I want to know if I can take it home now?"
MR. JOHNSTON, DARE I TELL YOU WHAT I KNOW MR. JOHNSTON, DARE I TELL YOU WHAT I KNOW
i Know You, Unt What You're Here For.' 32 i Know You, Unt What You're Here For.' 32
Dond you know der rule of der river Dond you know der rule of der river
Do you know these balls cost five guineas each Do you know these balls cost five guineas each
Are you sure you know what kind of cap you do want Are you sure you know what kind of cap you do want
I don't know if you're acquainted with a paper called the Penny Patrician? I don't know if you're acquainted with a paper called the Penny Patrician?

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 other million people in the world
    • Knowing Artful; cunning; as, a knowing rascal.
    • n Knowing Knowledge; hence, experience. "In my knowing .""This sore night
      Hath trifled former knowings ."
    • Knowing Skilful; well informed; intelligent; as, a knowing man; a knowing dog. "The knowing and intelligent part of the world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: No one knows where Mozart is buried.
    • n knowing Knowledge; acquaintance; ascertainment; power or means of ascertaining.
    • knowing Having perception or knowledge; intelligent; instructed.
    • knowing Conscious; intentional.
    • knowing Shrewd; sharp; smart; in a special sense, having or simulating the appearance of possessing information which one is unwilling to communicate.
    • knowing Expressive of knowledge or cunning: as, a knowing look.
    • knowing Smart-looking; stylish.
    • knowing Synonyms Astute, Sage, etc. See astute. (See also sagacious.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No one knows why there is a 33 on a Rolling Rock bottle. The secret died with the original brewer.
    • adj Knowing intelligent: skilful: cunning
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Quotations

  • Alfred Adler
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    “Man knows more than he understands.”
  • R. K. Bergethon
    R. K. Bergethon
    “It is not good to know more unless we do more with what we already know.”
  • Claude Bernard
    Claude Bernard
    “It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
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    “You can't know too much, but you can say too much.”
  • Edgar Degas
    Edgar Degas
    “Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
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    “We don't know one-millionth of one percent about anything.”

Idioms

Better the devil you know - This is the shortened form of the full idiom, 'better the devil you know than the devil you don't', and means that it is often better to deal with someone or something you are familiar with and know, even if they are not ideal, than take a risk with an unknown person or thing.
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Don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon - If you don't know what to do, you don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon.
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Even the dogs in the street know - (Irish) This idiom is used frequently in Ireland, and means something is so obvious that even the dogs in the street know it.
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He that travels far knows much - People who travel widely have a wide knowledge.
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Heaven knows - If you ask someone a question and they say this, they have no idea.
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Heaven only knows - The answer to a question is not or cannot be known. For example, heaven only knows when the war will end.
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In the know - If you are in the know, you have access to all the information about something, which other people don't have.
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Know a hawk from a handsaw - If someone knows a hawk from a handsaw, they are able to distinguish things and assess them.
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Know full well - When you know full well, you are absolutely sure that you know.
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Know the ropes - Someone who is experienced and knows how the system works know the ropes.
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Know where all the bodies are buried - Someone who by virtue of holding a position of trust with an organization for a long period of time has come to know many of the secrets that others in more powerful positions would rather be kept secret knows where the bodies are buried. An implication is that the person knowing these secrets will use that knowledge to secure something of value for him- or herself.
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Know which side one's bread is buttered on - If you know which side one's bread is buttered on, you know where your interests lie and will act accordingly to protect or further them.
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Know which way the wind blows - This means that you should know how things are developing and be prepared for the future.
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Know your onions - If someone is very well-informed about something, they know their onions.
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Know your place - A person who knows their place doesn't try to impose themselves on others.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cnáwan; Ice. kná, L. noscĕre for gnoscere, Gr. gignōskein.

Usage

In literature:

You know, and I know, that the thing has to be done.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Oh, I wishes I did know somethin bout dat old time war cause I tell you, if I been know anything, I would sho pour it out to you.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
I don't know what they thought about the young people of their day, but I know what I think.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
He knows, and wishes to know, nothing of it.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I'm as good as the average in knowing how to handle a woman, Alf, but I don't profess to know how to court one in a crowd.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
The Mistress didn't know I knows her secret, and I'm fixing to even up for some of them whippings she put off on me.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
But if he came to know the Tristrams, to know Harry Tristram, his position would certainly be peculiar.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
In those days, children did not know things like thay do now, and grown folks did not know as much either.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
God knows, I don't know what I'm to do!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
It couldn't any other way have been managed that he should know the things that we wanted him to know.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
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In poetry:

And was it peace I came to seek?
Yet here, where memories throng,
Ev'n here, I know the past is weak,
I know the present strong.
"Cambridge in the Long" by Amy Levy
I know a girl with teeth of pearl,
And shoulders white as snow;
She lives, - ah well,
I must not tell, -
Wouldn't you like to know?
""Wouldn't You Like To KNow"" by John Godfrey Saxe
"Thou know'st our service sad and hard,
Thou know'st us fond and frail;
Win us to be loved and spared
When all the world shall fail.
"Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
These men know life – know death a little more.
These men see paths and ends, and see
Beyond some swinging open door
Into eternity.
"These Men" by Leon Gellert
I know the woods, I know the fields,
And, as the brooding eye is cast
Upon them, each in silence yields
A something from the fading past.
"In A Manse Garden" by Alexander Anderson
I know not how, I know not where,
But from my own heart's mystic lore
I feel that I have breathed this air,
And walked this earth before;
"Reincarnation" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Singletary doesn't know the degree of the crack and will know later.
Everyone knows — or at least every Jew knows — the story of Hanukkah's origins, the story of how just a tiny amount of oil miraculously burned for eight days.
Do you know how I know that.
These are things we know we know.
But, if you know Jackie Johnson, you know she won't let go without making a "racket".
We all know the difference between right and wrong, but why do we know that one action is morally superior to another.
WHAT, IF ANYTHING, do Americans know, or think they know, about Siegfried Sassoon.
OK, the question has to be asked: What did Ray Allen know and when did he know it.
Jobs, what you know or who you know.
You know, the kind where nobody really knows anyone else, and everyone is asking the same three questions to each other: "How about this crazy weather".
You know those people that you see in the grocery store (or the feed store in my case) that you like but you know they are going to want to talk.
Primary students at Haines School may not know a lot, but they know what they like, and this week that included the school's teriyaki sockeye fillets.
To know me, you must first know my mother, Nancy Ann Whitney.
Sometimes, it's not what you know but who you know that counts.
To paraphrase the mighty Doc Counsilman: The only thing I know is that I don't know.
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In science:

So, one likes to assume that some other demon observer knowing the real ‘hidden’ configuration of the sub-urns does not affect the predictions we make regarding the system and apparatus based upon the fact that we do not know the hidden configuration of the sub-urns.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
Thus knowing the Dirac structure L is exactly the same as knowing the subspace q1 (L) and the 2-form ε.
Generalized Complex Submanifolds
In fact we do not know many constructions of simple 4-polytopes with many vertices such that we explicitly know their combinatorics.
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
We know that H operates properly on W , so we know that for w and w′ in W there are open neighborhoods Vw and Vw ′ such that the set 6=
Equivariant stratifold homology theories
Let us first assume that we know the first path W0 completely, in other words, we know it starting point, all edges read in W0 , and the order in which these edges are read.
Wigner random matrices with non-symmetrically distributed entries
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