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KenaiPeninsula
Ke·nai Peninsula (kēʹnī') A peninsula of south-central Alaska between Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska. * * *
kenbei
/ken"bay/, n. Japanese. strong anti-American sentiment. [1990-95; < Japn, = ken hate + bei America] * * *
kench
/kench/, n. a deep bin in which animal skins and fish are salted. [1850-55, Amer.; orig. uncert.] * * *
kend-
See kand-. * * *
Kendal
▪ England, United Kingdom       town (parish), South Lakeland district, administrative county of Cumbria, historic county of Westmorland, England. It is the largest ...
Kendal (green)
Kendal (green) or Kendal [ken′dəl] n. 〚after Kendal, city in England, where orig. made〛 1. a coarse, green woolen cloth 2. its color * * *
Kendal green
/ken"dl/ 1. a coarse woolen cloth, green in color. 2. a shade of green produced by a dye extracted from the woadwaxen plant. [1505-15; named after Kendal, town in Westmoreland, ...
Kendal mint cake
n [U] a sweet flavoured with mint and sold in hard, flat bars. It is traditional to eat it when walking or climbing in the countryside, especially in the north of England, and is ...
Kendal sneck bent
Angling. a fishhook having a wide, squarish bend. [prob. named after Kendal, England] * * *
Kendal, Dame Margaret; and Kendal, William Hunter
▪ British actress and manager Dame Margaret Kendal née  Margaret Shafto Robertson , byname  Madge Kendal ; William Hunter Kendal in full  William Hunter Grimston ...
Kendal, Ehrengarde Melusina, Duchess of, Duchess of Munster, Countess and Marchioness of Dungannon, Countess of Feversham, Baroness of Dundalk, Baroness of Glastonbury
▪ mistress of George I original name  Ehrengarde Melusina, Gräfin (countess) von der Schulenburg  born December 25, 1667, Emden, Saxony died May 10, 1743, Kendal House, ...
Kendal, Geoffrey
▪ 1999       British actor-manager whose Shakespeareana Company, which included his wife and eventually their daughters, toured India and the Far East for nearly 20 ...
Kendalgreen
Ken·dal green (kĕnʹdl) n. 1. A coarse green woolen fabric similar to tweed. 2. The color of this fabric.   [After Kendal, a municipal borough of northwest England.] * * *
Kendall
/ken"dl/, n. 1. Edward Calvin, 1886-1972, U.S. biochemist: Nobel prize for medicine 1950. 2. a male given name. * * *
Kendall, Edward Calvin
▪ American chemist born March 8, 1886, South Norwalk, Conn., U.S. died May 4, 1972, Princeton, N.J.  American chemist who, with Philip S. Hench (Hench, Philip Showalter) and ...
Kendall, Henry
▪ Australian poet born April 18, 1839, Yatteyattah, near Milton, N.S.W., Australia died Aug. 1, 1882, Sydney       Australian poet whose verse was a triumph over a life ...
Kendall, Henry Way
▪ 2000       American nuclear physicist (b. Dec. 9, 1926, Boston, Mass.—d. Feb. 15, 1999, near Tallahassee, Fla.), shared (with Jerome Isaac Friedman and Richard E. ...
Kendall,Edward Calvin
Kendall, Edward Calvin. 1886-1972. American biochemist. He shared a 1950 Nobel Prize for discoveries concerning the hormones of the adrenal cortex. * * *
Kendari
▪ Indonesia       town, capital of Southeast Sulawesi (Sulawesi Tenggara) propinsi (province), southeastern Celebes, Indonesia. It is a port on an inlet of Kendari Bay ...
kendo
—kendoist, n. /ken"doh/, n. a Japanese form of fencing using bamboo staves, with the contestants wearing head guards and protective garments. [1920-25; < Japn kendo < MChin, ...
Kendrew
/ken"drooh/, n. John C(owdery) /koh"dree/, 1917-97, English scientist: Nobel prize for chemistry 1962. * * *
Kendrew, Sir John Cowdery
born March 24, 1917, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Eng. died Aug. 23, 1997, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire British biochemist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and as a ...
Kendrew,Sir John Cowdery
Ken·drew (kĕnʹdro͞o'), Sir John Cowdery. 1917-1997. British biologist. He shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for chemistry for determining the molecular structure of blood ...
Keneally, Thomas
▪ Australian author born Oct. 7, 1935, Sydney, Australia       Australian writer best known for his historical novels. Keneally's characters are gripped by their ...
Kenema
▪ Sierra Leone  town, southeastern Sierra Leone. Located on the government railway and at a gap in the Kambui Hills, the town is the centre of the Alluvial Diamond Mining ...
Kenilworth
/ken"l werrth'/, n. 1. a town in central Warwickshire, in central England, SE of Birmingham. 20,121. 2. (italics) a novel (1821) by Sir Walter Scott. * * *
Kenilworth Castle
a castle near Coventry, England. It was owned by several kings, and the Earl of Leicester entertained Elizabeth I there in 1575. Parts of the castle were pulled down by Oliver ...
Kenilworth ivy
a European climbing vine, Cymbalaria muralis, of the figwort family, having irregularly lobed leaves and small, lilac-blue flowers. Also called coliseum ivy. [named after ...
Kenilworthivy
Kenilworth ivy n. A European creeping herb (Cymbalaria muralis) with palmately lobed leaves and solitary, pale purple flowers.   [After Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth.] * * *
Kenite
▪ ancient people       member of a tribe of itinerant metalsmiths related to the Midianites and the Israelites who plied their trade while traveling in the region of the ...
Kenitra
/keuh nee"treuh/, n. a port in NW Morocco, NE of Rabat. 135,960. * * * ▪ Morocco formerly (1932–58)  Port-Lyautey        port city, northern Morocco. It is ...
kenk-
To gird, bind. Variant form *keng-. cinch, cincture, cingulum; enceinte2, precinct, shingles, succinct, from Latin cingere, to gird.   [Pokorny 1. kenk- 565.] * * *
Kenmore
/ken"mawr, -mohr/, n. a city in NW New York, near Buffalo. 18,474. * * *
Kenmore{™}
a US product name for a range of popular household appliances, including refrigerators and washing machines. * * *
Kenmure, William Gordon, 6th Viscount
▪ Scottish Jacobite Lord Lochinvar born before 1672, ? died Feb. 24, 1716, London, Eng.       Scottish Jacobite who was miscast as a leader in the rebellion of 1715 on ...
Kennan
/ken"euhn/, n. George Frost, born 1904, U.S. author and diplomat. * * *
Kennan, George F(rost)
born Feb. 16, 1904, Milwaukee, Wis., U.S. U.S. diplomat and historian. After graduating from Princeton University in 1925, he entered the U.S. foreign service, studied Russian ...
Kennan, George F.
▪ American diplomat and historian in full  George Frost Kennan  born February 16, 1904, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. died March 17, 2005, Princeton, New ...
Kennan, George Frost
▪ 2006       American diplomat (b. Feb. 16, 1904, Milwaukee, Wis.—d. March 17, 2005, Princeton, N.J.), defined U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War as principal ...
Kennan,George Frost
Ken·nan (kĕnʹən), George Frost. Born 1904. American diplomat and historian who recommended the policy of containment toward Soviet aggression. He served as U.S. ambassador ...
Kennebec
/ken'euh bek", ken"euh bek'/, n. a river flowing S through W Maine to the Atlantic. 164 mi. (264 km) long. * * * ▪ county, Maine, United States       county, ...
Kennebec River
River, west-central Maine, U.S. It rises from Moosehead Lake and flows south for about 150 mi (240 km) to the Atlantic Ocean. It was explored by Samuel de Champlain in ...
Kennebunk
/ken"euh bungk'/, n. a town in SW Maine, near resorts. 6621. * * *
Kennebunkport
/ken'euh bungk"pawrt', -pohrt'/, n. a town in SW Maine: summer resort. 2952. * * * ▪ Maine, United States       town, York county, southwestern Maine, U.S. It is ...
Kennedy
/ken"i dee/, n. 1. Edward Moore (Ted), born 1932, U.S. politician: senator from Massachusetts since 1962. 2. John Fitzgerald, 1917-63, thirty-fifth president of the U.S. ...
Kennedy Center
(also fml the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) a US national cultural centre in Washington, DC, on the Potomac River near the Lincoln Memorial. It was opened in ...
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Huge cultural complex (opened 1971) in Washington, D.C., with a total of six stages, designed by Edward Durell Stone. The complex, surfaced in marble, makes use of the ...
Kennedy Channel
▪ channel, Arctic Ocean       Arctic sea passage between Ellesmere Island, Canada (west), and northwestern Greenland (east). It is 16–24 mi (26–39 km) wide and ...
Kennedy, Anthony
▪ United States jurist in full  Anthony McLeod Kennedy  born July 23, 1936, Sacramento, California, U.S.       associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United ...
Kennedy, Anthony M(cLeod)
born July 23, 1936, Sacramento, Calif., U.S. U.S. jurist. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he practiced law in San Francisco and Sacramento before being appointed to the U.S. ...
Kennedy, Arthur
▪ American actor in full  John Arthur Kennedy   born Feb. 17, 1914, Worcester, Mass., U.S. died Jan. 5, 1990, Branford, Conn.  American character actor featured in many ...
Kennedy, Charles
▪ 2000       In August 1999 Charles Kennedy succeeded Paddy Ashdown as leader of the U.K.'s third largest party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He took over a party ...
Kennedy, Edward M(oore)
known as Ted Kennedy born Feb. 22, 1932, Brookline, Mass., U.S. U.S. senator. He is the youngest son of Joseph P. Kennedy and the brother of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. ...
Kennedy, Edward M.
▪ United States senator in full  Edward Moore Kennedy,  byname  Ted Kennedy   born Feb. 22, 1932, Brookline, Mass., U.S.    U.S. senator (from 1963), a prominent figure ...
Kennedy, Graham Cyril
▪ 2006       Australian radio and television personality and actor (b. Feb. 15, 1934, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia—d. May 25, 2005, Bowral, N.S.W., Australia), as ...
Kennedy, John F(itzgerald)
born May 29, 1917, Brookline, Mass., U.S. died Nov. 22, 1963, Dallas, Texas 35th president of the U.S. (1961–63). The son of Joseph P. Kennedy, he graduated from Harvard ...
Kennedy, John F.
▪ president of United States Introduction in full  John Fitzgerald Kennedy , byname  JFK  born May 29, 1917, Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. died November 22, 1963, Dallas, ...
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald, Jr.
▪ 2000       American publisher and public figure (b. Nov. 25, 1960, Washington, D.C.—d. July 16, 1999, off Martha's Vineyard, Mass.), was a member of the American ...
Kennedy, John P.
▪ American author and statesman in full  John Pendleton Kennedy,  pseudonym  Mark Littleton  born Oct. 25, 1795, Baltimore, Md., U.S. died Aug. 18, 1870, Newport, ...
Kennedy, Joseph P(atrick)
born Sept. 6, 1888, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Nov. 18, 1969, Hyannis Port, Mass. U.S. businessman and financier. He graduated from Harvard University in 1912. He was a bank ...
Kennedy, Joseph P.
▪ American businessman in full  Joseph Patrick Kennedy   born September 6, 1888, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. died November 18, 1969, Hyannis Port, ...
Kennedy, Robert F(rancis)
born Nov. 20, 1925, Brookline, Mass., U.S. died June 6, 1968, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. politician. The son of Joseph P. Kennedy, he interrupted his education at Harvard ...
Kennedy, Robert F.
▪ American politician in full  Robert Francis Kennedy   born Nov. 20, 1925, Brookline, Mass., U.S. died June 6, 1968, Los Angeles, Calif.  U.S. attorney general and adviser ...
Kennedy, Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald
▪ 1996       U.S. personality (b. July 22, 1890, Boston, Mass.—d. Jan. 22, 1995, Hyannis Port, Mass.), as the matriarch of the Kennedys, a family that created a ...
Kennedy, Rosemary
▪ 2006       American personality (b. Sept. 13, 1918, Brookline, Mass.—d. Jan. 7, 2005, Jefferson, Wis.), was the mentally challenged sister of Pres. John F. Kennedy ...
Kennedy, the Rev. D(ennis) James
▪ 2008       American evangelist ( born Nov. 3, 1930, Augusta, Ga. died Sept. 5, 2007, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. was dedicated to spreading conservative Christianity ...
Kennedy, Walter
▪ Scottish poet born c. 1460 died c. 1508       Scottish poet, remembered chiefly for his flyting (Scots dialect: “scolding”) with his professional rival William ...
Kennedy, William
born Jan. 16, 1928, Albany, N.Y., U.S. U.S. novelist and journalist. He worked as a journalist in New York and Puerto Rico before returning in 1963 to his native Albany, N.Y., ...
Kennedy,Anthony M.
Ken·ne·dy (kĕnʹĭ-dē), Anthony M. Born 1936. American jurist who was appointed an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988. * * *
Kennedy,Cape
Kennedy, Cape See Canaveral, Cape. * * *
Kennedy,Edward Moore
Kennedy, Edward Moore. Known as “Ted.” Born 1932. American politician. A U.S. senator from Massachusetts (since 1962), he has sponsored national health insurance legislation ...
Kennedy,Jacqueline Lee Bouvier
Kennedy, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. Former name of Jacqueline Kennedy O·nas·sis (ō-năsʹĭs, ō-näʹsĭs) 1929-1994. First Lady of the United States (1961-1963) as the wife of ...
Kennedy,John Fitzgerald
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald. Known as “Jack.” 1917-1963. The 35th President of the United States (1961-1963). A U.S. representative (1947-1953) and senator (1953-1960) from ...
Kennedy,Joseph Patrick
Kennedy, Joseph Patrick. 1888-1969. American banker and industrialist who served as ambassador to Great Britain (1937-1940). With his wife, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (1890-1995), ...
Kennedy,Mount
Kennedy, Mount A peak, 4,241 m (13,905 ft) high, in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon Territory, Canada, near the Alaskan border. Discovered in 1935, it was named for President ...
Kennedy,Robert Francis
Kennedy, Robert Francis. Known as “Bobby.” 1925-1968. American politician who served as U.S. attorney general (1961-1964) during the presidency of his brother John F. ...
kennel
kennel1 /ken"l/, n., v., kenneled, kenneling or (esp. Brit.) kennelled, kennelling. n. 1. a house or shelter for a dog or a cat. 2. Often, kennels. an establishment where dogs or ...
kennel club
an association of dog breeders, usually concerned only with certain breeds of dogs. [1870-75] * * *
Kennelly, Arthur Edwin
▪ American electrical engineer born Dec. 17, 1861, Colaba, India died June 18, 1939, Boston       U.S. electrical engineer who made innovations in analytic methods in ...
Kennelly-Heaviside layer
/ken"l ee hev"ee suyd'/. Physics. See E layer. [1920-25; named after Arthur Edwin Kennelly (1861-1939), U.S. electrical engineer, and O. HEAVISIDE] * * *
Kennelly-Heavisidelayer
Ken·nel·ly-Heav·i·side layer (kĕn'ə-lē-hĕvʹē-sīd') n. See E layer.   [After EdwinKennelly (1861-1939), American physicist, and OliverHeaviside (1850-1925), British ...
kennels
➡ pets * * *
Kenner
/ken"euhr/, n. a city in SE Louisiana, near New Orleans. 66,382. * * *
Kenner mission
▪ Confederate history       in U.S. history, secret attempt on the part of the Confederacy in 1864 to elicit European recognition in exchange for Southern abolition of ...
Kenner, William Hugh
▪ 2004       Canadian-American literary critic (b. Jan. 7, 1923, Peterborough, Ont.—d. Nov. 24, 2003, Athens, Ga.), was a leading interpreter of American poet Ezra ...
Kennesaw Mountain
/ken"euh saw'/ a mountain in N Georgia, near Atlanta: battle 1864. 1809 ft. (551 m). * * *
Kennet
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative and historic county of Wiltshire, southern England, in the east-central part of the county, about ...
Kenneth
/ken"ith/, n. a male given name: from an Irish word meaning "handsome." * * * (as used in expressions) Arrow Kenneth Joseph Burns Kenneth Lauren Clark of Saltwood Kenneth ...
Kenneth Branagh
➡ Branagh * * *
Kenneth Clark
➡ Clark (II) * * *
Kenneth Clarke
➡ Clarke (II) * * *
Kenneth Grahame
➡ Grahame * * *
Kenneth I
or Kenneth MacAlpin died с 858, Forteviot, Scot. First king of the united Scots of Dalriada and the Picts. He inherited (834?) the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada from his ...
Kenneth II
▪ king of Scots and Picts died 995, Fettercairn, Scot.  king of the united Picts and Scots (from 971), son of Malcolm I.       He began his reign by ravaging the ...
Kenneth III
▪ king of Scots died 1005, Monzievaird, Scot.  king of the Scots (from 997), son of Dub and grandson of Malcolm I. He succeeded to the throne perhaps after killing his ...
Kenneth MacMillan
➡ MacMillan * * *
Kenneth Tynan
➡ Tynan * * *
Kenneth Williams
➡ Williams (V) * * *
Kenneth, Saint
▪ Irish abbot also called  Canice, or Kenny,  Latin  Canicus,  Gaelic  Chainnech   born 515/516 or 521/527, Glengiven, County Derry, Ire. died 599/600, Aghaboe, County ...
Kennett
/ken"it/, n. a town in SE Missouri. 10,145. * * *
Kennewick
/ken"euh wik/, n. a city in S Washington, on the Columbia River. 34,397. * * * ▪ Washington, United States       city, Benton county, southeastern Washington, U.S. It ...
kenning
/ken"ing/, n. a conventional poetic phrase used for or in addition to the usual name of a person or thing, esp. in Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon verse, as "a wave traveler" for "a ...
Kenny
/ken"ee/, n. 1. Elizabeth ("Sister Kenny"), 1886-1952, Australian nurse: researcher in poliomyelitis therapy. 2. Also, Kenney, Kennie. a male given name, form of Kenneth. * * *
Kenny Dalglish
➡ Dalglish * * *
Kenny method
Med. a method of treating poliomyelitis, in which hot, moist packs are applied to affected muscles to relieve spasms and pain, and a regimen of exercises is prescribed to prevent ...
Kenny,Elizabeth
Ken·ny (kĕnʹē), Elizabeth. 1880?-1952. Australian nurse who developed a simple treatment for the paralysis brought on by poliomyelitis. * * *
keno
/kee"noh/, n. a game of chance, adapted from lotto for gambling purposes. [1805-15, Amer.; < F quine five (winning numbers) (
Kenora
▪ Ontario, Canada  town, Kenora district, northwestern Ontario, Canada. It lies along the Lake of the Woods (Woods, Lake of the), 300 miles (480 km) northwest of Thunder ...
Kenoran orogeny
▪ geology       a Precambrian thermal event on the Canadian Shield that occurred 2.5 billion years ago (± 150 million years). Rocks affected by the Kenoran event ...
Kenosha
/keuh noh"sheuh/, n. a port in SE Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan. 77,685. * * * ▪ Wisconsin, United States       city, seat (1850) of Kenosha county, southeastern ...
kenosis
—kenotic /ki not"ik/, adj. /ki noh"sis/, n. Theol. the doctrine that Christ relinquished His divine attributes so as to experience human suffering. [1835-45; < Gk kénosis an ...
kenotic
See kenosis. * * *
kens-
To proclaim, speak solemnly. Oldest form *k̑ens-, becoming *kens- in centum languages. Suffixed form *kens-ē-. censor, census; recension, from Latin cēnsēre, to judge, ...
Kensett, John Frederick
▪ American painter born March 22, 1816, Cheshire, Connecticut, U.S. died December 14, 1872, New York, New York       American landscape painter, the leader of the ...
Kensington
/ken"zing teuhn/, n. a former borough of Greater London, England: now part of Kensington and Chelsea. * * *
Kensington and Chelsea
a borough of Greater London, England. 161,600. * * * ▪ royal borough, London, United Kingdom  royal borough in inner London, part of the historic county of Middlesex, on ...
Kensington Gardens
a park in south-west London, England, next to Hyde Park(1). It was formerly the garden of Kensington Palace, and was opened to the public in the 1830s. It contains the Albert ...
Kensington Palace
a 17th-century royal palace next to Kensington Gardens in south-west London, England, designed partly by Christopher Wren. Queen Victoria was born there in 1819 and it has since ...
Kensington Stone
▪ Scandinavian artifact       supposed relic of a 14th-century Scandinavian exploration of the interior of North America. Most scholars deem it a forgery, claiming ...
Kensingtonand Chelsea
Ken·sing·ton and Chel·sea (kĕnʹzĭng-tən; chĕlʹsē) A borough of Greater London in southeast England on the north bank of the Thames River. Kensington is noted for ...
kenspeckle
/ken"spek'euhl/, adj. Scot. and North Eng. conspicuous; easily seen or recognized. Also, kenspeckled. [1705-15; deriv. (see -LE) of kenspeck ( < Scand; cf. Norw kjennespak quick ...
Kent
/kent/, n. 1. James, 1763-1847, U.S. jurist. 2. Rockwell /rok"wel', -weuhl/, 1882-1971, U.S. illustrator and painter. 3. William, 1685-1748, English painter, architect, and ...
Kent and Strathern, Edward Augustus, duke of, Earl Of Dublin
▪ British military officer born Nov. 2, 1767, Buckingham Palace, London died Jan. 23, 1820, Sidmouth, Devonshire, Eng.       fourth son of King George III of Great ...
Kent State
➡ Kent State University * * *
Kent State University
(also infml Kent State) a US university in the town of Kent, Ohio. It is mainly remembered for an incident there on 4 May 1970, when four students were shot and killed and nine ...
Kent's Cavern
▪ cave, England, United Kingdom also called  Kent's Hole,         large limestone cave near Torquay, Devonshire, Eng., that yielded some of the earliest evidence of ...
Kent, Edmund Plantagenet, 1st earl of
▪ English noble byname  Edmund Of Woodstock   born Aug. 5, 1301, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, Eng. died March 19, 1330, Winchester, Hampshire       youngest brother of ...
Kent, James
born July 31, 1763, Fredericksburgh, Putnam county, N.Y. died Dec. 12, 1847, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. jurist who helped shape common law in the U.S. A lawyer at Poughkeepsie, ...
Kent, Rockwell
born June 21, 1882, Tarrytown Heights, N.Y., U.S. died March 13, 1971, Plattsburgh, N.Y. U.S. painter and illustrator. He studied architecture at Columbia University but later ...
Kent, William
▪ British architect born c. 1685, Bridlington, Yorkshire, Eng. died April 12, 1748, London  English architect, interior designer, landscape gardener, and painter, a ...
Kent,Rockwell
Kent, Rockwell. 1882-1971. American artist noted for his stark woodcuts, which illustrated published accounts of his travels and special editions of classic literary works. * * *
kent-
To prick, jab. 1. center; amniocentesis, dicentra, eccentric, from Greek kentein, to prick. 2. Suffixed form *kent-to-. cestus1, from Greek kestos, belt, girdle.   [Pokorny ...
Kentau
▪ Kazakstan Kazak  Kentaū        city, south-central Kazakhstan, on the slopes of the Qarataū Range. Formed in 1955 from several settlements, Kentau (Kazak: “Ore ...
kente
/ken"tay/, n. a colorful fabric of Ghanaian origin: often worn as a symbol of African-American pride. [1955-60; < Ashanti] * * *
kente cloth
kente cloth [ken′tā, ken′tə] n. a fabric made esp. in Ghana, woven in strips of brightly patterned bands interspersed with bands of black * * *
Kente, Gibson
▪ 2005 “Bra Gib”        South African playwright (b. July 23, 1932, East London, S.Af.—d. Nov. 7, 2004, Soweto, S.Af.), introduced musical theatre to the ...
kentia palm
/ken"tee euh/ a palm, Howea forsterana, of Lord Howe Island, Australia, having erect leaves, widely cultivated as an ornamental. Also called sentry palm. [1905-10; < NL Kentia an ...
Kentigern, Saint
▪ Christian missionary byname  Mungo   born , Culross, Fifeshire died c. 612, , possibly Glasgow; feast day January 14       abbot and early Christian missionary, ...
Kentish
/ken"tish/, adj. of or pertaining to Kent or its people. [bef. 950; ME Kentissh, OE Centisc. See KENT, -ISH1] * * *
Kentish fire
Brit. prolonged clapping by an audience, esp. in unison, indicating impatience or disapproval. [said to have originated in Kent, England, in 1828-29, as an expression of ...
Kentish tracery
Archit. tracery, originating in Kent in the 14th century, having cusps with split ends. * * *
Kentishman
/ken"tish meuhn/, n., pl. Kentishmen. a native or inhabitant of Kent, England. [KENTISH + MAN1] * * *
kentledge
/kent"lij/, n. Naut. pig iron used as permanent ballast. [1600-10; orig. uncert.] * * *
Kenton
/ken"tn/, n. Stan(ley Newcomb), 1912-79, U.S. jazz composer, pianist, and bandleader. * * *
Kenton, Stan
▪ American musician byname of  Stanley Newcomb Kenton   born Feb. 19, 1912, Wichita, Kan., U.S. died Aug. 25, 1979, Los Angeles       American jazz bandleader, ...
Kenton, Stan(ley Newcombe)
born Feb. 19, 1912, Wichita, Kan., U.S. died Aug. 25, 1979, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. pianist, composer, arranger, and leader of one of the most popular and controversial big ...
Kentridge, William
▪ South African artist and filmmaker born April 28, 1955, Johannesburg, S.Af.       South African graphic artist, filmmaker, and theatre arts activist especially noted ...
Kentuck
/keuhn tuk"/, n. Informal Older Use. (esp. in the Midwest) 1. Kentucky. 2. a native or inhabitant of Kentucky. [by shortening] * * *
Kentuckian
Kentuckian [kən tuk′ē ən] adj. of Kentucky: usually used in the predicate n. a person born or living in Kentucky * * * See Kentucky. * * *
Kentucky
—Kentuckian, adj., n. /keuhn tuk"ee/, n. 1. a state in the E central United States. 3,661,433; 40,395 sq. mi. (104,625 sq. km). Cap.: Frankfort. Abbr.: KY (for use with zip ...
Kentucky bluegrass
a grass, Poa pratensis, of the Mississippi valley, used for pasturage and lawns. [1840-50] * * *
Kentucky coffee tree
a tall North American tree, Gymnocladus dioica, of the legume family, the seeds of which (Kentucky coffee beans) were formerly used as a substitute for coffee beans. [1775-85] * ...
Kentucky Derby
a horse race for three-year-olds, run annually since 1875, on the first Saturday in May, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. * * * One of the classic U.S. Thoroughbred horse ...
Kentucky Derby Table
▪ Table The Kentucky Derby year horse jockey 1875 Aristides O. Lewis 1876 Vagrant B. Swim 1877 Baden-Baden W. Walker 1878 Day Star J. Carter 1879 Lord Murphy C. ...
Kentucky Fried Chicken{™}
(also KFC) any of a group of US ‘fast food’ restaurants selling pieces of specially fried chicken and other dishes. Their food is advertised as being ‘finger lickin’ ...
Kentucky fried.
See Southern fried. [1970-75, Amer.] * * *
Kentucky Lake
Kentucky Lake 〚after the state〛 reservoir in SW Ky. & W Tenn., on the Tennessee River: 247 sq mi (640 sq km); 184 mi (296 km) long * * * Reservoir, western Kentucky and ...
Kentucky rifle
a long-barreled muzzleloading flintlock rifle developed near Lancaster, Pa., in the early 18th century and widely used on the frontier. Also called Pennsylvania ...
Kentucky River
Tributary of the Ohio River in north-central Kentucky, U.S. It is formed by the confluence of North, Middle, and South forks, which originate in the Cumberland Mountains. It is ...
Kentucky State University
▪ university, Frankfort, Kentucky, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S. It is a land-grant university ...
Kentucky warbler
a wood warbler, Oporornis formosus, of the U.S., olive-green above, yellow below, and marked with black on the face. [1805-15, Amer.] * * *
Kentucky windage
Slang. a method of correcting for windage, gravity, etc., by aiming a weapon to one side of the target instead of by adjusting the sights. * * *
Kentucky, flag of
▪ Flag History       U.S. state flag consisting of a dark blue field (background) with the state seal in the centre.       At the time of its admission to the ...
Kentucky, University of
▪ university, Lexington, Kentucky, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Lexington, Kentucky, U.S. It includes the Chandler ...
Kentuckybluegrass
Kentucky bluegrass n. A perennial rhizomatous grass (Poa pratensis) native to Eurasia and North Africa and naturalized throughout the United States. It is commonly cultivated for ...
Kentuckycoffee tree
Kentucky coffee tree n. A deciduous North American tree (Gymnocladus dioica) having bipinnately compound leaves and flat pulpy pods with large seeds formerly used as a coffee ...
KentuckyRiver
Kentucky River A river, about 417 km (259 mi) long, of north-central Kentucky flowing northwest to the Ohio River. * * *
Kentwood
/kent"wood'/, n. a city in W Michigan. 30,438. * * *
Kenwood House
a large 18th-century house in Hampstead, north-west London, England, designed partly by Robert Adam. It is open to the public and is known for its fine collection of pictures and ...
Kenya
—Kenyan, adj., n. /ken"yeuh, keen"-/, n. 1. a republic in E Africa: member of the Commonwealth of Nations; formerly a British crown colony and protectorate. 28,803,085; 223,478 ...
Kenya African National Union
▪ political organization, Kenya       Kenyan political party. Organized in 1960, KANU was one of two major political parties formed in preparation for independence—the ...
Kenya, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag consisting of horizontal stripes of black, red, and green separated by thinner stripes of white; in the centre are two crossed ...
Kenya, Mount
Swahili Kirinyaga Extinct volcano, central Kenya. Lying just south of the Equator and rising to 17,058 ft (5,199 m), it is the highest mountain in Kenya. The first European to ...
Kenya,Mount
Kenya, Mount An extinct volcano, 5,202.7 m (17,058 ft), in central Kenya. It is the second-highest peak in Africa. * * *
Kenyah
▪ people    indigenous people of Sarawak and Indonesian Borneo, grouped with the Kayan or under the general name Bahau. In the late 20th century the Kenyah were reported to ...
Kenyan
See Kenya. * * * ➡ Kenya * * *
Kenyapithecus
/ken'yeuh pith"i keuhs, -peuh thee"keuhs, keen'-/, n. a genus of fossil hominoids of middle Miocene age found in Kenya and having large molars, small incisors, and powerful ...
Kenyatta
/ken yah"teuh/, n. Jomo /joh"moh/, 1893?-1978, Kenyan political leader: president 1964-78. * * *
Kenyatta, Jomo
born с 1894, Ichaweri, British East Africa died Aug. 22, 1978, Mombasa, Kenya First prime minister (1963–64) and then president (1964–78) of independent Kenya. Of Kikuyu ...
Kenyatta,Jomo
Ken·yat·ta (kĕn-yäʹtə), Jomo. 1893?-1978. Kenyan nationalist politician and first president of independent Kenya (1964-1978). * * *
Kenyon
/ken"yeuhn/, n. John Samuel, 1874-1959, U.S. phonetician and educator. * * *
Kenyon College
▪ college, Gambier, Ohio, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Gambier, Ohio, U.S., about 40 miles (65 km) northeast of ...
Kenyon, Dame Kathleen
▪ British archaeologist in full  Dame Kathleen Mary Kenyon  born January 5, 1906, London, England died August 24, 1978, Wrexham, Clwyd [now in Wrexham], ...
Keogh plan
/kee"oh/ a pension plan for an unincorporated business entity or self-employed person. Cf. individual retirement account. [1970-75, Amer.; after Eugene J. Keogh (born 1907), N.Y. ...
Keoghplan
Ke·ogh plan (kēʹō) n. A retirement plan for the self-employed and their employees.   [After Eugene James Keogh (1907-1989), former U.S. representative from New York.] * * *
Keohane, Nannerl Overholser
▪ American academician and administrator née  Nannerl Overholser  born Sept. 18, 1940, Blytheville, Ark., U.S.       American academician and administrator who ...
Keokuk
/kee"euh kuk'/, n. 1. c1780-c1848, leader of the Sac tribe. 2. a city in SE Iowa, on the Mississippi River: large power dam. 13,536. * * * born 1790?, along Rock River [near ...
Keonjhar
▪ India also spelled  Keonjargarh        town, northern Orissa state, eastern India. Keonjhar is a trade centre for the farm and forest products of the surrounding ...
Keos
/ke"aws/; Eng. /kee"os/, n. a Greek island in the Aegean, off the SE coast of the Greek mainland. 1666; 56 sq. mi. (145 sq. km). Also called Kea, Zea. * * *
Kepes, Gyorgy
▪ 2002       Hungarian-born American artist and theorist (b. Oct. 4, 1906, Selyp, Hung.—d. Dec. 29, 2001, Cambridge, Mass.), experimented with new technologies for art ...
kephalin
keph·a·lin (kĕfʹə-lĭn) n. Variant of cephalin. * * *
Kephallenia
/ke fah'lee nee"ah/, n. Greek name of Cephalonia. * * *
Kephalos
/kef"euh leuhs/, n. Class. Myth. Cephalus. * * *
Kepheus
/kee"fee euhs, -fyoohs/, n. Class. Myth. Cepheus (def. 2). * * *
kepi
/kay"pee, kep"ee/, n., pl. kepis. a French military cap with a flat circular top and a nearly horizontal visor. [1860-65; < F képi < SwissG Käppi (Kapp(e) CAP + -i dim. ...
Kepler
—Keplerian /kep lear"ee euhn/, adj. /kep"leuhr/, n. 1. Johann /yoh"hahn/, 1571-1630, German astronomer. 2. a crater in the second quadrant of the face of the moon having an ...
Kepler telescope.
See astronomical telescope. [1905-10; after J. KEPLER] * * *
Kepler's laws
Astron. three laws governing planetary motion: each planet revolves in an ellipse, with the sun at one focus; the line connecting a planet to the sun sweeps out equal areas in ...
Kepler's laws of planetary motion
▪ astronomy       in astronomy and classical physics, laws describing the motions of the planets in the solar system. They were derived by the German astronomer Johannes ...
Kepler's Nova
▪ supernova also called  Kepler's Star , or  Kepler's Supernova   one of the few supernovae (violent stellar explosions) known to have occurred in the Milky Way Galaxy. ...
Kepler, Johannes
born Dec. 27, 1571, Weil der Stadt, Württemberg died Nov. 15, 1630, Regensburg German astronomer. Born into a poor family, he received a scholarship to the University of ...
Kepler,Johannes
Kep·ler (kĕpʹlər), Johannes. 1571-1630. German astronomer and mathematician. Considered the founder of modern astronomy, he formulated three laws to describe how the planets ...
Keplerian telescope
      instrument for viewing distant objects, the basis for the modern refractive telescope, named after the great German astronomer Johannes Kepler. Its eyepiece, or ...
Kepone
Kepone [kē′pōn΄] a highly toxic insecticide, C10Cl10O, that persists in the environment and accumulates in the food chain: its use is now prohibited * * *
Keppel Bay
▪ inlet, Queensland, Australia       inlet of the Pacific Ocean, indenting eastern Queensland, Australia. It is about 30 miles (48 km) long and 12 miles (19 km) wide and ...
Keppel, Augustus Keppel, Viscount, Baron Elden
▪ British admiral born April 25, 1725 died Oct. 2, 1786, Elveden Hall, Suffolk, Eng.  English admiral and politician whose career as a seagoing commander ended in a ...
Keppler, Joseph
▪ American caricaturist born Feb. 1, 1838, Vienna, Austria died Feb. 19, 1894, New York, N.Y., U.S.       Austria-born American caricaturist and founder of Puck, the ...
kept
/kept/, v. 1. pt. and pp. of keep. adj. 2. having the expression of principles, ideas, etc., controlled, dominated, or determined by one whose money provides support: a kept ...
Ker
▪ Greek religion       in ancient Greek religion, a destructive spirit. Popular belief attributed death and illness to the action of impersonal powers, often spoken of ...
ker-
an unstressed syllable prefixed to onomatopoeic and other expressive words, usually forming adverbs or interjections: kerflop; kerplunk; ker-splosh. Also, ca-, ka-. [perh. < ...
Kerak
/ker"ahk, ke rahk"/, n. a town in W Jordan, near the S Dead Sea: ancient citadel of the Moabites. Also, Krak, El Kerak. Formerly, Le Crac. Ancient, Kir Moab. * * *
Kerala
/kay"reuh leuh, ker"euh-/, n. a state in SW India: formerly the regions of Travancore and Cochin. 24,380,000; 15,035 sq. mi. (38,940 sq. km). Cap.: Trivandrum. * * * State ...
Kerala Plains
▪ region, India       narrow strip of coastland, southwestern India, fronting the Arabian Sea to the west and constituting almost all of Kerala state and most of the ...
keramic
/keuh ram"ik/, adj. ceramic. * * *
keramics
/keuh ram"iks/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) ceramics. * * *
Kerang
▪ Victoria, Australia       town, northern Victoria, Australia, on the Loddon River. Its name derives from an Aboriginal term with several possible meanings, including ...
kerat-
var. of kerato- before a vowel: keratitis. * * *
keratalgia
/ker'euh tal"jeuh, -jee euh/, n. Pathol. pain in the cornea. [KERAT- + -ALGIA] * * *
keratectomy
/ker'euh tek"teuh mee/, n., pl. keratectomies. Surg. excision of part of the cornea. [1870-75; KERAT- + -ECTOMY] * * *
keratin
/ker"euh tin/, n. a scleroprotein or albuminoid substance, found in the dead outer skin layer, and in horn, hair, feathers, hoofs, nails, claws, bills, etc. [1840-50; KERAT- + ...
keratinization
See keratinize. * * *
keratinize
—keratinization, n. /ker"euh tn uyz'/, v.t., v.i., keratinized, keratinizing. to make or become keratinous. Also, esp. Brit., keratinise. [1895-1900; KERATIN + -IZE] * * *
keratinous
/keuh rat"n euhs/, adj. composed of or resembling keratin; horny. [1895-1900; KERATIN + -OUS] * * *
keratitis
/ker'euh tuy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the cornea. [1855-60; KERAT- + -ITIS] * * * Inflammation of the cornea (see eye). The conjunctiva may also be inflamed ...
kerato-
var. of cerato-: keratogenous. Also, esp. before a vowel, kerat-. * * *
keratoconjunctivitis
/ker'euh toh keuhn jungk'teuh vuy"tis/, n. Ophthalm. inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva. [1885-90; KERATO- + CONJUNCTIVITIS] * * *
keratoconus
/ker'euh toh koh"neuhs/, n., pl. keratoconi /-nuy, -nee/. Pathol. a degenerative condition characterized by conical protrusion of the cornea and irregular astigmatism. [1855-60; ...
keratode
/ker"euh tohd'/, n. the horny, fibrous substance forming the skeleton of certain sponges. Also, keratose. [1870-75; < Gk keratódes hornlike. See KERAT-, -ODE1] * * *
keratoderma
/ker'euh toh derr"meuh/, n. Pathol. a disease of the horny layer of the skin, esp. of the soles or palms. Also, keratodermia /ker'euh toh derr"mee euh/. [1930-35; KERATO- + ...
keratogenous
/ker'euh toj"euh neuhs/, adj. producing horn or a horny substance. [1885-90; KERATO- + -GENOUS] * * *
keratoid
/ker"euh toyd'/, adj. 1. resembling horn; horny. 2. resembling corneal tissue. [1870-75; < Gk keratoeidés hornlike. See KERAT-, -OID] * * *
keratolysis
—keratolytic /ker'euh toh lit"ik/, adj. /ker'euh tol"euh sis/, n. 1. the loosening or shedding of the horny layer of the epidermis. 2. Pathol. a skin disorder characterized by ...
keratoma
/ker'euh toh"meuh/, n., pl. keratomas, keratomata /-meuh teuh/. Pathol. keratosis. [1885-90; KERAT- + -OMA] * * *
keratometer
—keratometric /ker'euh toh me"trik/, adj. —keratometry, n. /ker'euh tom"i teuhr/, n. Ophthalm. an instrument for measuring the curvature of the cornea. [1885-90; KERATO- + ...
keratoplasty
—keratoplastic, adj. /ker"euh toh plas'tee/, n., pl. keratoplasties. plastic surgery performed upon the cornea, esp. a corneal transplantation. [1855-60; KERATO- + -PLASTY] * * ...
keratoscope
—keratoscopy /ker'euh tos"keuh pee/, n. /ker"euh teuh skohp'/, n. Ophthalm. an instrument, as Placido's disk, for determining the symmetry of the curvature of the ...
keratose
/ker"euh tohs'/, adj. 1. having a skeleton formed of horny fibers, as certain sponges. n. 2. keratode. [1850-55; KERAT- + -OSE1] * * *
keratosis
—keratosic, keratotic /ker'euh tot"ik/, adj. /ker'euh toh"sis/, n., pl. keratoses /-seez/. Pathol. 1. any skin disease characterized by a horny growth, as a wart. 2. any horny ...
keratotic
See keratosis. * * *
keratotomy
/ker'euh tot"euh mee/, n., pl. keratotomies. Surg. incision of the cornea. [1895-1900; KERATO- + -TOMY] * * *
kerb
/kerrb/, n., v.t. Brit. curb (defs. 1, 15). * * *
kerb market
Brit. curb (def. 5). Also, kerbstone market. [1900-05] * * *
Kerbela
/kerr"beuh leuh/, n. a town in central Iraq: holy city of the Shi'ite sect. 107,000. Also, Karbala. * * *
Kerberos
/kerr"beuhr euhs/, n. Class. Myth. Cerberus (def. 1). * * *
kerbing
/kerr"bing/, n. Brit. curbing. * * *
kerbside
/kerrb"suyd'/, n. Brit. curbside. * * *
kerbstone
/kerrb"stohn'/, n. Brit. curbstone. * * *
Kerch
/kerch/; Russ. /kyerddch/, n. 1. a seaport in E Crimea, in S Ukraine, on Kerch Strait. 157,000. 2. a strait connecting the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. 25 mi. (40 km) long. * * ...
kerchief
—kerchiefed, kerchieft, adj. /kerr"chif, -cheef/, n. 1. a woman's square scarf worn as a covering for the head or sometimes the shoulders. 2. a handkerchief. [1250-1300; ME ...
kerchoo
/keuhr chooh"/, interj. ahchoo. [see KER-, AHCHOO] * * *
kerd-
Heart. Oldest form *k̑erd-, becoming *kerd- in centum languages. 1. Suffixed form *kerd-en-. heart, from Old English heorte, heart, from Germanic *hertōn-. 2. Zero-grade form ...
Kerema
▪ Papua New Guinea       minor port on the Gulf of Papua, south-central Papua New Guinea, southwestern Pacific Ocean. Located on Kerema Bay, the town occupies hilly ...
Kerenski
/keuh ren"skee/; Russ. /kye"rddyin skyee/, n. Aleksandr Feodorovich /u lyi ksahn"drdd fyaw"deuh rddeuh vyich/, 1881-1970, Russian revolutionary leader: premier 1917; in the U.S. ...
Kerensky
Kerensky [kə ren′skē′; ] Russ [ kye′ryen skē] Aleksandr Feodorovich [ä΄lyek sän′dər fyō̂΄dō̂ rō̂′vich] 1881-1970; Russ. revolutionary leader: prime ...
Kerensky, Aleksandr (Fyodorovich)
born May 2, 1881, Simbirsk, Russia died June 11, 1970, New York, N.Y., U.S. Russian political leader. A prominent lawyer, he joined the Socialist Revolutionary Party and was ...
Kerensky, Aleksandr Fyodorovich
▪ prime minister of Russia born April 22 [May 2, New Style], 1881, Simbirsk [now Ulyanovsk], Russia died June 11, 1970, New York, N.Y., U.S.  moderate socialist revolutionary ...
Kerensky,Aleksandr Feodorovich
Ke·ren·sky (kə-rĕnʹskē, kĕrʹən-, kyĕrʹyĭn-), Aleksandr Feodorovich. 1881-1970. Russian revolutionary who was appointed the head of government (July 1917) after the ...
Kerényi, Károly
▪ Hungarian philologist born Jan. 19, 1897, Temesvár, Hung. [now Timişoara, Rom.] died April 14, 1973, Zürich, Switz.       Hungarian classical philologist and ...
Keres
Keres [kā′res΄] n. 〚Sp Queres < a Tanoan language 〛 1. pl. Keres a member of any of seven Indian pueblos in N.Mex., mostly on the Rio Grande 2. a family of languages, ...
Keres, Paul
▪ Estonian chess player born January 7, 1916, Narva, Estonia, Russian Empire died June 5, 1975, Helsinki, Finland       Estonian chess grandmaster, three times chess ...
Keresan
/ker"euh seuhn/, n. a family of languages spoken by Pueblo tribes of the Rio Grande valley and neighboring areas. * * *
kerf
/kerrf/, n. 1. a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood. 2. Mining. a deep cut a few inches high, used to undermine a portion of a coal or mineral seam. 3. ...
kerflooey
/keuhr flooh"ee/, adv. go kerflooey Informal. to cease functioning, esp. suddenly and completely; fall apart; fail: As soon as the storm hit, every light in town went ...
kerflop
/keuhr flop"/, adv. Informal. with or as if with a flop: He fell kerflop. [1875-80; see KER-, FLOP] * * *
kerfuffle
kerfuffle [kər fuf′əl] n. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] disorder; uproar; confusion * * *

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