ken definition

  • noun:
    • Perception; comprehending: complex dilemmas really beyond our ken.
    • number of eyesight.
    • View; sight.
    • understanding or perception.
    • array of picture.
    • a home; esp., one that is a resort for thieves.
    • Cognizance; view; specifically, achieve of sight or knowledge.
    • Cognizance; physical or intellectual view; specially, reach of sight or understanding.
    • A churn.
    • somewhere in which low or disreputable figures lodge or meet: because, a padding-ken (a lodging-house for tramps); a sport ing-ken
    • A prefecture or territorial division of Japan, governed by a kenrei. Japan is currently divided into 3 fu and about 40 ken.
    • A Japanese way of measuring size, corresponding to 71½ English ins.
    • The right two-edged Japanese sword.
    • An abbreviation of Kentueky.
    • the product range of sight
    • selection of what one could understand or understand
  • verb-transitive:
    • To know (an individual or thing).
    • to identify.
    • to learn; to understand; to take cognizance of.
    • To recognize; to descry; to discern.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to own knowledge or an understanding.
    • To look around.
  • verb:
    • to learn, perceive or realize.
    • To discover by picture; to catch sight of; to descry.
  • others:
    • showing; declare; show; highlight; inform.
    • To see; descry; recognize.
    • To lay within picture of; have a view of.
    • to learn; know; simply take cognizance of.
    • In Scots law, to recognize or recognize by a judicial work: because, to ken a widow to her terce (that is, to recognize or decree by a judicial work just the right of a widow into life-rent of the woman share of the woman deceased husband's places). See terce.
    • to appear around; gain knowledge by sight; discern.
    • To beget; deliver forth.
    • To reproduce; hatch completely.
    • A dialectal variant of kine, plural of cow.

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