Definitions for kenkɛn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

kenkɛn(n.; v.)kenned; kent, ken•ning.

  1. (n.)knowledge or understanding:

    an idea beyond one's ken.

  2. range of sight or vision.

  3. (v.t.)Chiefly Scot. to understand or know about.

    Category: Scottish

  4. Archaic. to see; recognize.

  5. (v.i.)Chiefly Scot. to know; understand.

    Category: Scottish

Origin of ken:

bef. 900; ME kennen to make known, see, know, OE cennan to make known, declare; c. OHG chennen, ON kenna, Go kannjan; akin to can1

Ken.

  1. Kentucky.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cognizance, ken(noun)

    range of what one can know or understand

    "beyond my ken"

  2. sight, ken(noun)

    the range of vision

    "out of sight of land"

Wiktionary

  1. ken(Noun)

    Knowledge or perception.

  2. ken(Noun)

    Range of sight.

  3. ken(Verb)

    To know, perceive or understand.

  4. ken(Verb)

    To discover by sight; to catch sight of; to descry.

  5. Ken(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of the male given name Kenneth.

  6. Origin: Northern and Scottish dialects from cennan originally “make to know”, causative of cunnan, from kenna, from kannijanan, causative of . Cognate to kennen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ken(noun)

    a house; esp., one which is a resort for thieves

  2. Ken

    to know; to understand; to take cognizance of

  3. Ken

    to recognize; to descry; to discern

  4. Ken(verb)

    to look around

  5. Ken(noun)

    cognizance; view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge

Freebase

  1. Ken

    Ken is a musician and singer-songwriter, best known as guitarist of the Japanese rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel. He is also the leader, vocalist and guitarist of Sons of All Pussys and has released a solo album entitled In Physical. While in L'Arc-en-Ciel his name is stylized as ken.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. ken

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ken' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3479

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ken' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1894


Translations for ken

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

spread(verb)

to (cause to) go (often more widely or more thinly) over a surface

She spread honey thickly on her toast.

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