• WordNet 3.6
    • n knowledge the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the U.S. government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
    • Knowledge Scope of information; cognizance; notice; as, it has not come to my knowledge . "Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldst take knowledge of me?"
    • Knowledge Sexual intercourse; -- usually preceded by carnal; same as carnal knowledge.
    • Knowledge That familiarity which is gained by actual experience; practical skill; as, a knowledge of life. "Shipmen that had knowledge of the sea."
    • Knowledge That which is gained and preserved by knowing; instruction; acquaintance; enlightenment; learning; scholarship; erudition. "Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.""Ignorance is the curse of God; Knowledge , the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."
    • Knowledge That which is or may be known; the object of an act of knowing; a cognition; -- chiefly used in the plural. "There is a great difference in the delivery of the mathematics, which are the most abstracted of knowledges .""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.""To use a word of Bacon's, now unfortunately obsolete, we must determine the relative value of knowledges ."
    • Knowledge The act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact, truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance; cognition. "Knowledge , which is the highest degree of the speculative faculties, consists in the perception of the truth of affirmative or negative propositions."
    • v. t Knowledge To acknowledge. "Sinners which knowledge their sins."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Eugene-Francois Midocq, a French thief and outlaw, evaded the police for years, turned police spy, joined the force as a detective, and ultimately used his knowledge of crime to establish a new crime-fighting organization, the Surete.
    • n knowledge The state of being or of having become aware of fact or truth; intellectual recognition of or acquaintance with fact or truth; the condition of knowing. Subjectively considered, knowledge implies clear conviction or a consciousness of certainty; but this consciousness does not constitute knowledge, and may be associated with error.
    • n knowledge A perception, judgment, or idea which is in accord with fact or truth; that which is known.
    • n knowledge Acquaintance with things ascertained or ascertainable; acquired information; learning.
    • n knowledge Practical understanding; familiarity gained by actual experience; acquaintance with any fact or person: as, a knowledge of seamanship; I have no knowledge of the man.
    • n knowledge Specific information; notification; advertisement.
    • n knowledge Cognizance; notice; recognition.
    • n knowledge Acknowledgment.
    • n knowledge Synonyms Prudence, Discretion, etc. (see wisdom); comprehension, discernment.
    • knowledge To acknowledge; confess; avow.
    • knowledge To confess.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mystery writer Agatha Christie acquired her extensive knowledge of poisons while working in a hospital dispensary during World War I.
    • n Knowledge nol′ej assured belief: that which is known: information, instruction: enlightenment, learning: practical skill
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  • George Santayana
    “Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Knowledge is power.”
  • Ivern Ball
    Ivern Ball
    “Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.”
  • Carlos Castaneda
    Carlos Castaneda
    “A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. knowleche, where -leche is the Northern form of the suffix in wed-lock, being A.S. lác, gift, sport.


In literature:

The consequence was, that I remained a babe, both in knowledge and grace.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
Our knowledge of the invisible world, like our knowledge of the visible world, is grounded upon faith in our intuitions.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
They have zeal without knowledge, and seem resolved on bringing all to their standard.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Is increase of knowledge the absolute good or increase of happiness?
"Progress and History" by Various
Knowledges must be changed to knowledge.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
In importance this knowledge exceeds every other knowledge whatsoever.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
What was there outside his knowledge, how much?
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
This is a difficult profession and requires knowledge and training, if good results are to be secured.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Again, mankind has accumulated a vast store of knowledge, of philosophy, of imagery, of artistic expression.
"The Next Step" by Scott Nearing
I invite my own humble order to knowledge, because knowledge will lift them into power.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various

In poetry:

It is beauty never seen,
And love that stands alone,
It is song that lives un-sung,
And knowledge never known.
"Peace" by Swami Vivekananda
The rest that earth denied is thine,--
Ah, is it rest? we ask,
Or, traced by knowledge more divine,
Some larger, nobler task?
"A Memorial tribute" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Rehearse his praise with awe profound,
Let knowledge lead the song,
Nor mock him with a solemn sound
Upon a thoughtless tongue.
"Psalm 47" by Isaac Watts
O love of God, how strong and true!
Eternal, and yet ever new;
Uncomprehended and unbought,
Beyond all knowledge and all thought.
"O Love of God, How Strong and True!" by Horatius Bonar
Till I make plain the meaning
Of all my thousand years—
Till I fill their hearts with knowledge,
While I fill their eyes with tears.
"The Recall" by Rudyard Kipling
Bounded by knowledge thus, unbound,
Within the temple thus, alone,
Clear of the circle set around,
I know not, being with the unknown;
"Within The Temple" by Thomas MacDonagh

In news:

The suit even claims that Gingrich knowingly and willfully violated the copyright , saying Gingrich is "sophisticated and knowledgeable" of copyright laws.
In the past six months I have been overwhelmed by media reports of people with no clear knowledge of school bus safety priorities making decisions about school transportation.
Welcome to the most glamorous coastline in the world, where all you need for entrée is a fabulous yacht and a knowledgeable crew.
I was asked to participate in the County Council because I'm a lifelong resident (of Decatur County) and because of my knowledge I have from living here.
Criticality management combines pharmaceutical product, process, and material knowledge and risk management in one approach, which is reflected in a single document.
You went to someone who seemed like a well-trained, knowledgeable professional in the field.
Without showing obvious symptoms, many fields are infested without the knowledge of the grower, decreasing yields substantially.
'The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture' by David Mamet .
Some say it's about technical skills such as accounting, industry knowledge, or regulatory awareness.
A Doctor's Deathbed: The Burden of Knowledge.
Test Your Secret Ingredient Knowledge.
Instead he relied on his vast knowledge of St Lawrence River birds, gained through first-hand contact.
Students' Knowledge of Civil Rights History Has Deteriorated , Study Finds.
This work proposes a new methodology for establishing the tractability of a reasoning service that deals with expressive first-order knowledge bases.
The old saying that "knowledge is power" has been supplanted by a newer version "quicker access to knowledge is power, as well as utilizing that knowledge.

In science:

It is shown in quantum mechanics that, if the operators corresponding to two physical quantities, say A and B , do not commute, that is, if AB „ B A , then the precise knowledge of one of them precludes such a knowledge of the other.
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
This kind of reductionism states that a complete knowledge of a system can be derived by the mere knowledge of its components.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Thus, knowledge of a structure of s-stage Dirac functions (1) is equivalent to knowledge of s-stage local symmetries (2).
Search for gauge symmetry generators of singular Lagrangian theory
What is wrong with that? Likewise, there are areas of knowledge where I or anyone of the listed colleagues may be well versed while Dembski lacks any knowledge.
Defining Complexity: A Commentary to a paper by Charles H. Bennett
However in order to thus determine Q, use is made of of the precise knowledge of the parameter x0 of the wavefunction, i.e. exact knowledge of how the wavefunction is prepared is required.
On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Proof of the `Incompleteness' of Quantum Mechanics