from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A figurative, usually compound expression used in place of a name or noun, especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry; for example, storm of swords is a kenning for battle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The tread of an egg; cicatricula.
- n. A metaphorical phrase used in Germanic poetry (especially Old English or Old Norse) whereby a simple thing is described in an allusive way, such as ‘whale road’ for ‘sea’, or ‘enemy of the mast’ for ‘wind’.
- n. Sight; view; a distant view at sea.
- n. Range or extent of vision, especially at sea; (by extension) a marine measure of approximately twenty miles.
- n. As little as one can recognise or discriminate; a small portion; a little.
- v. Present participle of ken.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Range of sight.
- n. The limit of vision at sea, being a distance of about twenty miles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sight; view; especially, a distant view at sea.
- n. Range or extent of vision, especially at sea; hence, a marine measure of about twenty miles.
- n. As little as one can recognize or discriminate; a small portion; a little: as, put in a kenning of salt.
- n. The cicatricula or tread of an egg. Also kinning.
- n. In Old Norse, Anglo-Saxon, and other old Teutonic poetry, a distinctive poetical name, usually periphrastic in form, used in addition to, or substituted for, the usual name of a thing or person.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry
Old Norse, from kenna, to know, to name with a kenning; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From ken ("to beget, bring forth"). (Wiktionary)
From Old Norse, from kenna ("know, perceive"), from Proto-Germanic *kannijanan, causative of *kunnanan (“to know how”). Compare can, ken, keen. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, derivative of Middle English kennen ("to know, perceive"). Compare Danish kjending ("acquaintance"). More at ken. (Wiktionary)