ken

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ken the range of vision "out of sight of land"
    • n ken range of what one can know or understand "beyond my ken"
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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
    • n Ken kĕn A house; esp., one which is a resort for thieves.
    • n Ken Cognizance; view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge. "Beyond his ken .""Above the reach and ken of a mortal apprehension.""It was relief to quit the ken And the inquiring looks of men."
    • Ken To know; to understand; to take cognizance of.
    • v. i Ken To look around.
    • Ken To recognize; to descry; to discern. "We ken them from afar.""'T is he. I ken the manner of his gait."
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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.
    • ken To show; declare; teach; point out; tell.
    • ken To see; descry; recognize.
    • ken To lie within sight of; have a view of.
    • ken To know; understand; take cognizance of.
    • ken In Scots law, to acknowledge or recognize by a judicial act: as, to ken a widow to her terce (that is, to recognize or decree by a judicial act the right of a widow to the life-rent of her share of her deceased husband's lands). See terce.
    • ken To look around; gain knowledge by sight; discern.
    • n ken Cognizance; physical or intellectual view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge.
    • ken To beget; bring forth.
    • ken To breed; hatch out.
    • ken A dialectal variant of kine, plural of cow.
    • n ken A churn.
    • n ken A place where low or disreputable characters lodge or meet: as, a padding-ken (a lodging-house for tramps); a sport ing-ken
    • n ken A prefecture or territorial division of Japan, governed by a kenrei. Japan is now divided into 3 fu and about 40 ken.
    • n ken A Japanese measure of length, equal to 71½ English inches.
    • n ken The straight two-edged Japanese sword.
    • n ken An abbreviation of Kentueky.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Ken ken to know:
    • n Ken range of knowledge or sight
    • n Ken ken (slang) a house.
    • v.t Ken ken (arch.) to see and recognise at a distance
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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
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. kenna, orig. to cause to know. Cf. can and know.

Usage

In literature:

KEN is a name now almost obsolete but the bog ken is a house built on stilts where the ground is marshy, damp, and unfit to sleep upon.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
Just as she had be-gun her no-ble work she was ta-ken sick and died.
"Lives of the Presidents Told in Words of One Syllable" by Jean S. Remy
This hain't no welcome task, Ken, any way ye looks at hit.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
Of course, we all ken ye're part Highland Scotch, but not all, Ah hope.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
Whether it's you comin' in that sets me up a wee I dinna ken, but I'm aye lighter when ye're here than ony other time.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 89, May, 1875" by Various
Ken Torrance grinned as he recalled the scene.
"Under Arctic Ice" by H.G. Winter
I ken see it in your face.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
ALL WITHIN THE KEN OF COLUMBUS.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
These laws are as immutable as Newton's laws, and come, like his, from beyond our ken.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
She's up agin a proposition if she thinks she ken skeer me.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

To watch the world of waiting men,
And soothe their tired eyes,
To lift them out of earthly ken
Into thy mysteries?
"The Wing Of Faith" by Annie Adams Fields
A pretty tale! Why, ken you not,
Good friends, as lately showed I,
In verse already you've forgot,—
Profanum vulgus odi?
"The Reply Of Q. Horatius Flaccus To A Roman "Round-Robin"" by Alfred Austin
As a man that wauks frae a stound
And kens but a single thocht,
Oot o' the wind and the nicht
I got the peace that I socht.
""On Leave"" by John Buchan
"And how wad I ken ye loved me, Sir,
That have been sae lang away?
And how wad I ken ye loved me, Sir?
Ye never telled me sae."
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
And they twa met, and they twa plat,
And fain they wad be near;
And a' the warld might ken right weel,
They were twa lovers dear.
"The Douglas Tragedy" by Andrew Lang
That's his saddle on the tie-beam,
And them's his spurs up there
On the wall-plate over yonder —
You ken see they ain't a pair.
"My Mate Bill" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Photo available for sale please contact Ken Stevens at ksteven2@mlive.com if interested.
When Bank of America agreed to buy struggling broker Merrill Lynch, BofA chief Ken Lewis promised to take his customary ax to costs.
Virginia Tech football's 2012 recruiting class Wednesday would be the 11th-hour decisions of Joel Caleb, Korren Kirven and Ken Ekanem.
Ken Feinberg has a pretty good idea how "rough justice," as he calls it, should be done for the victims of the July 20 Aurora movie-theater shooting.
Ken Stevens ksteven2@mlive.com Columnist Matthew Davis asks: Why was checking a citizenship box such a big deal for some voters on Tuesday.
The company includes industry veterans such as Courtney Spencer (CEO), Dave Malekpour, Ken Harrison, Beth Walters and John Storyk.
Tom Corbett recently announced his nomination of Ken Trujillo of Philadelphia to serve as a board member on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB).
Ken Nedimyer is helping to restore dying coral reefs in the Florida Keys.
Following a vote canvass that ended late Thursday night in Shawnee County, Republican Ken Corbet emerged victorious over Democratic incumbent Ann Mah by just 21 votes.
(Photo by Ken Henris/You Name It Sports).
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The crunch of dry grass makes Ken Wiseman cringe.
Two sons, Lonnie (Lisa) Crump , Decatur, and Ken (Deborah) Crump , Poneto.
Swamp Meadow Community Theatre will present "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," by Dale Wasserman, and based on the novel by Ken Kesey.
Ken Kesey, the Pied Piper of the psychedelic era, who was best known as the author of the novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," died yesterday in a hospital in Eugene, Ore.
On Wednesday, September 26 2012 in Ask Ken Beck.
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In science:

Understanding the formation, structure, and evolution of galaxies is one of the central drivers in Ken Freeman’s research.
SAURON: An Innovative Look at Early-Type Galaxies
Ken will leave an unprecedented legacy in not only science, but in the mentorship role he played for Stromlo students and postdocs (myself included) alike.
The Infall of Gas onto the Galactic Disk
Still, even this idea dates back (at least) to 1995, when Ken Lang and Rich Caruana tried out the idea for doing newsgroup classification.
Extended Comment on Language Trees and Zipping
Many of the speakers were former students of Ken’s and the quality of the talks reflected this fact.
Workshop Summary: The Dynamics, Structure and History of Galaxies
If there was an overarching theme to the meeting, it reflected Ken’s wish to understand “the chain of events that occurred during the formation of the Galaxy”, to quote from his Annual Reviews article in 1987.
Workshop Summary: The Dynamics, Structure and History of Galaxies
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