from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Perception; understanding: complex issues well beyond our ken.
- n. Range of vision.
- n. View; sight.
- transitive v. To know (a person or thing).
- transitive v. To recognize.
- intransitive v. To have knowledge or an understanding.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Knowledge or perception.
- n. Range of sight.
- v. To know, perceive or understand.
- v. To discover by sight; to catch sight of; to descry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A house; esp., one which is a resort for thieves.
- transitive v. To know; to understand; to take cognizance of.
- transitive v. To recognize; to descry; to discern.
- intransitive v. To look around.
- n. Cognizance; view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To show; declare; teach; point out; tell.
- To see; descry; recognize.
- To lie within sight of; have a view of.
- To know; understand; take cognizance of.
- In Scots law, to acknowledge or recognize by a judicial act: as, to ken a widow to her terce (that is, to recognize or decree by a judicial act the right of a widow to the life-rent of her share of her deceased husband's lands). See terce.
- To look around; gain knowledge by sight; discern.
- n. Cognizance; physical or intellectual view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge.
- To beget; bring forth.
- To breed; hatch out.
- A dialectal variant of kine, plural of cow.
- n. A churn.
- n. A place where low or disreputable characters lodge or meet: as, a padding-ken (a lodging-house for tramps); a sport ing-ken
- n. A prefecture or territorial division of Japan, governed by a kenrei. Japan is now divided into 3 fu and about 40 ken.
- n. A Japanese measure of length, equal to 71½ English inches.
- n. The straight two-edged Japanese sword.
- n. An abbreviation of Kentueky.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the range of vision
- n. range of what one can know or understand
From Middle English kennen (influenced by Old Norse kenna, to know), from Old English cennan, to declare; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Northern and Scottish dialects from Old English cennan ("make known, declare, acknowledge") originally “make to know”, causative of cunnan ("to become acquainted with, to know"), from Old Norse kenna ("know, perceive"), from Proto-Germanic *kannijanan, causative of *kunnanan (“be able”). Cognate to German kennen ("to know, be acquainted with someone/something"). (Wiktionary)