kenning definition

  • noun:
    • A figurative, usually compound phrase utilized in place of a name or noun, particularly in Old English and Old Norse poetry; including, violent storm of swords is a kenning for fight.
    • Sight; view; a distant view at ocean.
    • Range or extent of sight, specially at ocean; (by expansion) a marine measure of more or less twenty miles.
    • as low as it's possible to recognise or discriminate; a little portion; a little.
    • The tread of an egg; cicatricula.
    • A metaphorical phrase used in Germanic poetry (especially Old English or Old Norse) wherein an easy thing is described in an allusive method, eg ‘whale roadway’ for ‘sea’, or ‘enemy of mast’ for ‘wind’.
    • selection of picture.
    • The limitation of eyesight at sea, becoming a distance of approximately twenty miles.
    • Sight; view; especially, a distant view at water.
    • Range or extent of eyesight, specially at sea; ergo, a marine measure of about twenty miles.
    • As little as it's possible to recognize or discriminate; a little portion; slightly: as, put in a kenning of sodium.
    • The cicatricula or tread of an egg. Additionally kinning.
    • In Old Norse, Anglo-Saxon, also old Teutonic poetry, an exceptional poetical name, usually periphrastic in type, found in inclusion to, or substituted for, the most common title of something or individual.
    • main-stream metaphoric title for one thing, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry
  • verb:
    • provide participle of ken.

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