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Definition of KEN

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Ken \Ken\, v. i.
     To look around. [Obs.] --Burton.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Ken \Ken\, n.
     Cognizance; view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge.
     "Beyond his ken." --Longfellow.
     [1913 Webster]

           Above the reach and ken of a mortal apprehension.
                                                    --South. [1913 Webster]

           It was relief to quit the ken
           And the inquiring looks of men.          --Trench. Kendal green

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Ken \Ken\ (k[e^]n), n. [Perh. from kennel.] A house; esp., one which is a resort for thieves. [Slang, Eng.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Ken \Ken\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kenned} (k[e^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kenning}.] [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. [root]45. See {Can} to be able, {Know}.]
     1. To know; to understand; to take cognizance of. [Archaic or Scot.] [1913 Webster]

     2. To recognize; to descry; to discern. [Archaic or Scot.]
        "We ken them from afar." --Addison [1913 Webster]

              'T is he. I ken the manner of his gait. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

ken
   /ken/, n.

      1. [Unix] Ken Thompson, principal inventor of Unix. In the early days he used to hand-cut distribution tapes, often with a note that read ?Love, ken?. Old-timers still use his first name (sometimes uncapitalized, because it's a login name and mail address) in third-person reference; it is widely understood (on Usenet, in particular) that without a last name ?Ken? refers only to Ken Thompson. Similarly, ?Dennis? without last name means Dennis Ritchie (and he is often known as dmr). See also {demigod}, {Unix}.

      2. A flaming user. This was originated by the Software Support group at Symbolics because the two greatest flamers in the user community were both named Ken.


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

155 Moby Thesaurus words for "ken":
     absorb, acquaintance, appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, be acquainted with, be apprised of, be aware of, be cognizant of, be conscious of, be conversant with, be informed, be with one, behold, catch, catch on, catch sight of, clap eyes on, clear sight, cognize, color vision, command, comprehend, comprehension, conceive, conceptualize, cone vision, corpus, data, datum, day vision, daylight vision, descry, dig, digest, discern, discernment, discover, distinguish, domination, espy, experience, expertise, eye, eye-mindedness, eyereach, eyeshot, eyesight, facts, factual base, familiarity, farsight, farsightedness, fathom, field of view, field of vision, follow, get, get hold of, get the drift, get the idea, get the picture, glimpse, grasp, have, have in sight, have information about, have it taped, have knowledge of, horizon, information, intelligence, intimacy, keen sight, know, know-how, knowing, knowledge, lay eyes on, learn, limit of vision, line of sight, look on, look upon, make out, master, naked eye, night vision, notice, observe, outlook, outlook over, perceive, perception, peripheral field, peripheral vision, perspective, perspicacity, perspicuity, photopia, pick out, possess, power of sight, practical knowledge, prehend, private knowledge, privity, prospect, purview, quick sight, range, ratio cognoscendi, reach, read, realize, recognize, rod vision, savvy, scan, scope, scope of vision, scotopia, see, seeing, seize, seize the meaning, self-knowledge, sense, sense of sight, sight, sightedness, sightliness, spot, spy, survey, sweep, take, take in, technic, technics, technique, twig, twilight vision, understand, understanding, unobstructed vision, view, vision, vista, visual acuity, visual field, visual sense, witness, wot, wot of


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