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kiloparsec
/kil"euh pahr'sek'/, n. a unit of distance, equal to 1000 parsecs. Abbr.: kpc [1920-25; KILO- + PARSEC] * * *
kiloton
/kil"euh tun'/, n. 1. a unit of weight, equal to 1000 tons. 2. an explosive force equal to that of 1000 tons of TNT. [1945-50; KILO- + TON1] * * *
kilovolt
/kil"euh vohlt'/, n. Elect. a unit of electromotive force, equal to 1000 volts. Abbr.: kV, kv [1860-65; KILO- + VOLT1] * * *
kilovolt-ampere
/kil"euh vohlt'am"pear, -am pear"/, n. an electrical unit, equal to 1000 volt-amperes. Abbr.: kVA, kva [1905-10] * * *
kilovoltage
/kil"euh vohl'tij/, n. Elect. electric potential difference or electromotive force, as measured in kilovolts. [1945-50; KILOVOLT + -AGE] * * *
kilowatt
/kil"euh wot'/, n. a unit of power, equal to 1000 watts. Abbr.: kW, kw [1880-85; KILO- + WATT] * * *
kilowatt-hour
/kil"euh wot'oweur", -ow"euhr/, n. a unit of energy, equivalent to the energy transferred or expended in one hour by one kilowatt of power; approximately 1.34 horsepower-hours. ...
Kilpatrick
/kil pa"trik/, n. Hugh Judson /jud"seuhn/, 1836-81, Union general in the U.S. Civil War. * * *
Kilpi, Volter
▪ Finnish writer born Dec. 12, 1874, Kustavi, Fin. died June 13, 1939, Turku       Finnish novelist and social critic who was an exponent of the modern experimental ...
Kilroy
/kil"roy/, n. a fictitious American male, created by American troops who left the inscription "Kilroy was here" on walls, property, etc., all over the world in the years during ...
Kilroy was here
a phrase that people sometimes write on walls, etc. for no obvious reason. It was first used in World War II, but it is not known who Kilroy was, or even if he was a real ...
kilt
—kiltlike, adj. /kilt/, n. 1. any short, pleated skirt, esp. a tartan wraparound, as that worn by men in the Scottish Highlands. v.t. 2. to draw or tuck up, as the skirt, about ...
kilt pleat
a large vertical pleat overlapping one adjoining pleat and being overlapped by the other, as on a kilt. * * *
kilted
/kil"tid/, adj. 1. wearing a kilt. 2. gathered in pleats; pleated. [1800-10; KILT + -ED3] * * *
kilter
/kil"teuhr/, n. 1. good condition; order: The engine was out of kilter. 2. Poker. skeet2. [1630-40; var. of dial. kelter < ?] * * *
kiltie
/kil"tee/, n. 1. a person who wears a kilt, esp. a member of a regiment in which the kilt is worn as part of the dress uniform. 2. a sports shoe with a fringed tongue that flaps ...
kilting
/kil"ting/, n. an arrangement of kilt pleats. [1515-25; KILT + -ING1] * * *
Kilvert
(1840–79) a Welsh priest known for his diary, which describes country life in Wales in the 1870s. * * *
Kilwa
▪ historical city-state, Tanzania in full  Kilwa Kisiwani,         former Islāmic city-state on an island off the coast of what is now southern Tanzania. Founded in ...
Kilwa (Kisiwani)
Historical Islamic city-state, located on an island off the coast of what is now southern Tanzania. It became one of the most active commercial centres on the eastern coast of ...
Kim
/kim/, n. a male or female given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Campbell Kim Kim Dae Jung Kim Il sung Kim Jong Il Kim Chong Il Kim Young Sam Philby Kim * * *
Kim Basinger
➡ Basinger * * *
Kim Chŏng-hui
▪ Korean calligrapher also called  Ch'u-sa, or Wan-dang   born 1786, Kyŏngho-ri, Korea [now in South Korea] died 1856, Pukch'ŏng [now in North Korea]       the ...
Kim Dae Jung
/kim duy yung/, n. born 1925, president of South Korea since 1997. * * * born Jan. 6, 1924, Hayi-do, Korea South Korean politician and the first opposition leader to become ...
Kim Dae-gŏn, Saint
▪ Korean priest also called  Andrew Kim   born Aug. 21, 1821, Korea died Sept. 16, 1846, near Seoul, Korea [now in South Korea]; feast day September 20       the ...
Kim Hong-do
▪ Korean painter also called  Tanwŏn (Korean: “Sandalwood Garden”)   born 1745?, Korea       one of the first Korean artists to depict the common people in his ...
Kim Il Sung
/kim" il" soong", sung"/ 1912-94, North Korean political leader: premier 1948-72; president 1972-94. * * * ▪ 1995       (KIM SUNG JU), Korean dictator (b. April 15, ...
Kim Il-sung
born April 15, 1912, Man'gyŏndae, Korea died July 8, 1994, P'yŏngyang Communist leader of North Korea from 1948 until his death. When Korea was effectively divided between a ...
Kim Jae Kyu
▪ South Korean military officer born 1926, North Kyongsang province, Korea [now in South Korea] died May 24, 1980, South Korea       South Korean military officer and ...
Kim Jong Il
/kim" jong" il"/, n. born 1942, president of North Korea since 1997; son of Kim Il Sung. * * * or Kim Chong Il born Feb. 16, 1941, Siberia, Russia, U.S.S.R. Son of Kim ...
Kim Philby
➡ Philby * * *
Kim Sang-Man
▪ 1995       Korean publisher (b. Jan. 19, 1910, Puan, North Cholla province, Korea—d. Jan. 26, 1994, Seoul, South Korea), as the publisher of Dong-A Ilbo, the ...
Kim Soon Kwon
▪ 2000       By 1999 the devastating famine in North Korea had claimed an estimated 100,000 to 3,000,000 lives. As the global community pondered ways to help the country ...
Kim Woo Choong
▪ 1999       In March 1998 Kim Woo Choong, founder and chairman of the Daewoo Group, among the four largest conglomerates in South Korea, took over as chairman of the ...
Kim Young Sam
/kim yung sahm/, n. born 1927, president of South Korea 1993-97. * * * born Dec. 20, 1927, Kŏje Island [near Pusan], Korea South Korean moderate opposition leader who served ...
Kimball
/kim"beuhl/, n. a male given name. * * *
Kimball, Ward
▪ 2003       American animator (b. March 4, 1914, Minneapolis, Minn.—d. July 8, 2002, Arcadia, Calif.), was among the “Nine Old Men” who made Walt Disney Studios ...
Kimbangu, Simon
▪ African religious leader born Sept. 24, 1889?, Nkamba, near Thysville, Congo Free State [now Mbanza-Ngungu, Democratic Republic of the Congo] died Oct. 10, 1951, ...
Kimbanguist Church
▪ African religion French  in full Église De Jésus-christ Sur La Terre Par Le Prophète Simon Kimbangu        (“Church of Jesus Christ on Earth Through the ...
Kimbe
▪ Papua New Guinea       port on the north-central coast of New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea, southwestern Pacific Ocean. Located in an area of cones, domes, and ...
Kimbell Art Museum
▪ museum, Fort Worth, Texas, United States       collection of world art in a classic modern building, in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S., founded by Kay Kimbell, an ...
Kimberley
/kim"beuhr lee/, n. 1. a city in E Cape of Good Hope province, in the central Republic of South Africa: diamond mines. 107,104. 2. Also, Kimberly. a female given name. * * ...
kimberlite
/kim"beuhr luyt'/, n. Petrol. a variety of micaceous peridotite, low in silica content and high in magnesium content, in which diamonds are formed. [1885-90; named after ...
kimberlitic
See kimberlite. * * *
Kimberly
Kimberly [kim′bər lē] n. a feminine name: dim. Kim, Kimmy; var. Kimberley * * *
Kimbrough, David
▪ 1999       American blues musician who performed in Mississippi juke joints and at parties for over 30 years before attracting national attention when the 1992 ...
Kimbundu
/kim boon"dooh/, n. a Bantu language of northern Angola. Also called Mbundu. * * *
Kimch'aek
▪ North Korea formerly  Sŏngjin,         city, eastern North Korea. It is on the estuary of the Namdae River, along the Sea of Japan. Protected by promontories, it ...
Kimch'ŏn
▪ South Korea       city, Kyŏngsang-puk do (province), south-central South Korea. It lies 43 miles (69 km) northwest of Taegu. During the Yi dynasty (1392–1910) the ...
kimchi
/kim"chee/, n. Korean Cookery. a spicy pickled or fermented mixture containing cabbage, onions, and sometimes fish, variously seasoned, as with garlic, horseradish, red peppers, ...
Kimhi, David
▪ European scholar Kimhi also spelled  Kimchi, Kimḥi, or Qimḥi,  byname  Radak ( acronym  of Rabbi David Kimhi), also called Maistre Petit  born c. 1160, , ...
Kimhi, Joseph
▪ European grammarian Kimhi also spelled  Kimchi, Kimḥi, or Qimḥi,  also called  Maistre Petit, or Rikham (an acronym of Rabbi Joseph Kimhi)   born c. 1105, Spain died ...
Kimhi, Moses
▪ European scholar Kimhi also spelled  Kimchi, Kimḥi, or Qimḥi,  also called  Remak (an acronym of Rabbi Moses Kimhi)   died c. 1190, Narbonne?, Toulouse, ...
KimIl Sung
Kim Il Sung (kĭmʹ ĭlʹ sŭngʹ, so͝ongʹ), Originally Kim Song Ju. 1912?-1994. Korean soldier and politician who led the Korean People's Army against Japan (1932-1945) and ...
kimkhwāb
▪ cloth  Indian brocade woven of silk and gold or silver thread. The word kimkhwāb, derived from the Persian, means “a little dream,” a reference perhaps to the ...
kimmer
/kim"euhr/, n. Scot. cummer. * * *
Kimmeridgian Stage
▪ geology       middle of the three divisions of the Upper Jurassic Series, representing all rocks formed worldwide during the Kimmeridgian Age, which occurred between ...
kimono
—kimonoed, adj. /keuh moh"neuh, -noh/, n., pl. kimonos. 1. a loose, wide-sleeved robe, fastened at the waist with a wide sash, characteristic of Japanese costume. 2. a woman's ...
Kimry
▪ Russia       city and centre of a rayon (sector), Tver oblast (region), western Russia. The old part of the city, situated on the high left (west) bank of the Volga ...
kin
—kinless, adj. /kin/, n. 1. a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk. 2. family relationship or kinship. 3. a group of persons descended from a common ancestor or ...
kin selection
Biol. a form of natural selection that favors altruistic behavior toward close relatives resulting in an increase in the altruistic individual's genetic contribution to the next ...
kina
/kee"neuh/, n. a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of Papua New Guinea, equal to 100 toea. * * *
Kinabalu
/kin'euh beuh looh"/, n. a mountain in N Sabah, in Malaysia: highest peak on the island of Borneo. 13,455 ft. (4101 m). Also, kinabulu. * * *
Kinabalu, Mount
▪ mountain, Malaysia Malay  Gunung Kinabalu        highest peak in the Malay Archipelago, rising to 13,455 feet (4,101 m) in north-western East Malaysia (North ...
Kinabatangan River
▪ river, Malaysia       longest river in northeastern East Malaysia (North Borneo (Sabah)). It rises in the eastern Witti Range, where it begins its 350-mile ...
kinaesthesia
/kin'euhs thee"zheuh, -zhee euh, -zee euh/, n. kinesthesia. Also, kinaesthesis. * * *
kinase
/kuy"nays, -nayz, kin"ays, -ayz/, n. Biochem. a transferase that catalyzes the phosphorylation of a substrate by ATP. [1900-05; KIN(ETIC) + -ASE] * * * ▪ enzyme  an enzyme ...
Kincaid
/kin kayd"/, n. Jamaica, born 1949?, West Indian novelist and short-story writer. * * *
Kincaid, Jamaica
▪ Caribbean-American author original name  Elaine Potter Richardson  born May 25, 1949, St. John's, Antigua       Caribbean American writer whose essays, stories, and ...
Kincardine
/kin kahr"dn/, n. a former county in E Scotland. Also called Kincardineshire /kin kahr"dn shear', -sheuhr/. * * *
Kincardineshire
▪ former county, Scotland, United Kingdom also called  Kincardine  or  the Mearns        historic county in northeastern Scotland, along the North Sea coast south ...
kinchin
/kin"chin/, n. Chiefly Brit. Slang. a child. [1690-1700; < G Kindchen, dim. of Kind child. See KIND2, -KIN] * * *
Kinchinjunga
/kin'chin joong"geuh/, n. Kanchenjunga. * * *
Kinck, Hans E.
▪ Norwegian writer in full  Hans Ernst Kinck  born October 11, 1865, Øksfjord, Norway died October 13, 1926, Oslo       prolific Norwegian novelist, short-story ...
Kincsem
▪ racehorse       (foaled 1874), European racehorse whose total of 54 victories (1876–79) without defeat was into the 1980s the best unbeaten record in the history of ...
kind
kind1 /kuynd/, adj., kinder, kindest. 1. of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person. 2. having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: ...
kinda
/kuyn"deuh/, adv. Pron. Spelling. kind of; rather: The movie was kinda boring. * * *
Kindah
▪ people in full  Kindat al-Mulūk (Arabic: “The Royal Kindah”)        ancient Arabian tribe that was especially prominent during the late 5th and 6th centuries ...
kindergarten
/kin"deuhr gahr'tn, -dn/, n. a school or class for young children between the ages of four and six years. [1850-55; < G: lit., children's garden, equiv. to Kinder children (see ...
kindergartner
/kin"deuhr gahrt'neuhr, -gahrd'-/, n. 1. a child who attends a kindergarten. 2. a kindergarten teacher. Also, kindergartener. [1870-75; < G Kindergärtner. See KINDERGARTEN, ...
kindhearted
—kindheartedly, adv. —kindheartedness, n. /kuynd"hahr"tid/, adj. having or showing sympathy or kindness: a kindhearted woman. [1525-35; KIND1 + HEARTED] Syn. See kind1. * * *
kindheartedly
See kindhearted. * * *
kindheartedness
See kindheartedly. * * *
Kindi, al-
in full Yakub ibn Ishaq al-Sabah al-Kindi died с 870 First prominent Islamic philosopher. He worked in Iraq under the caliphs al-Mamun and al-Mutasim. One of the first Arab ...
Kindī, Yaʿqūb ibn Isḥāq aṣ-Ṣabāḥ, al-
▪ Muslim philosopher died c. 870       the first outstanding Islāmic philosopher, known as “the philosopher of the Arabs.”       Al-Kindī was born of noble ...
Kindia
▪ Guinea       town, western Guinea. It lies on the Conakry–Kankan Railway and at the intersection of roads from Conakry, Mamou, Télimélé, and Makeni (Sierra ...
kindjal
/kin"jahl/, n. a double-edged knife of the Caucasus, having a broad blade with edges parallel for most of their length, terminating in a long, sharp point. [ < Russ kinzhál, ...
kindle
kindle1 —kindler, n. /kin"dl/, v., kindled, kindling. v.t. 1. to start (a fire); cause (a flame, blaze, etc.) to begin burning. 2. to set fire to or ignite (fuel or any ...
Kindleberger, Charles Poor, II
▪ 2004       American economist and teacher (b. Oct. 12, 1910, New York, N.Y.—d. July 7, 2003, Cambridge, Mass.), helped create the Marshall Plan, the U.S. program ...
kindler
See kindle1. * * *
kindless
—kindlessly, adv. /kuynd"lis/, adj. 1. lacking kindness; unkind; unsympathetic. 2. Obs. unnatural; inhuman. [1150-1200; ME; see KIND1, -LESS] * * *
kindlessly
See kindless. * * *
kindliness
/kuynd"lee nis/, n. 1. the state or quality of being kindly; benevolence. 2. a kindly deed. [1400-50; late ME; see KINDLY, -NESS] * * *
kindling
/kind"ling/, n. 1. material that can be readily ignited, used in starting a fire. 2. the act of one who kindles. [1250-1300; ME; see KINDLE1, -ING1] * * *
kindlingpoint
kindling point n. See ignition point. * * *
kindly
/kuynd"lee/, adj., kindlier, kindliest, adv. adj. 1. having, showing, or proceeding from a benevolent disposition or spirit; kindhearted: kindly people. 2. gentle or mild, as ...
kindness
/kuynd"nis/, n. 1. the state or quality of being kind: kindness to animals. 2. a kind act; favor: his many kindnesses to me. 3. kind behavior: I will never forget your ...
kindred
—kindredless, adj. —kindredness, n. —kindredship, n. /kin"drid/, n. 1. a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk; kin. 2. a group of persons related to another; family, ...
kindredness
See kindred. * * *
Kindu
/kin"dooh/, n. a town in E Zaire, on the Lualaba River. Formerly, Kindu-Port-Empain /kin"dooh pawrt'ahm paonn", -pohrt'-/. * * * ▪ Democratic Republic of the Congo formerly ...
kine
kine1 /kuyn/, n. Archaic. a pl. of cow1. [ME kyn, OE cyna, gen. pl. of cu COW1] kine2 /kin"ee/, n. kinescope (def. 1). [shortened form] * * *
kinema
/kin"euh meuh/, n. Brit. cinema. * * *
kinematic
See kinematics. * * *
kinematic pair
Mech. pair (def. 10). [1875-80] * * *
kinematic viscosity
Physics. the coefficient of viscosity of a fluid divided by the density, usually measured in stokes. * * *
kinematical
See kinematic. * * *
kinematically
See kinematic. * * *
kinematics
—kinematic, kinematical, adj. —kinematically, adv. /kin'euh mat"iks, kuy'neuh-/, n. (used with a sing. v.) Physics. 1. the branch of mechanics that deals with pure motion, ...
kinematograph
/kin'euh mat"euh graf', -grahf', kuy'neuh-/, n. cinematograph. * * *
kinescope
/kin"euh skohp', kuy'neuh-/, n., v., kinescoped, kinescoping. Television. n. 1. Also, kine. a cathode-ray tube with a fluorescent screen on which an image is reproduced by a ...
Kineshma
/kee"nish meuh/; Russ. /kyee"nyi shmeuh/, n. a city in the NW Russian Federation in Europe, NW of Nizhni Novgorod. 101,000. * * * ▪ Russia       city, Ivanovo oblast ...
kinesic
See kinesics. * * *
kinesics
—kinesic, adj. —kinesically, adv. /ki nee"siks, -ziks, kuy-/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the study of body movements, gestures, facial expressions, etc., as a means of ...
kinesiologist
See kinesiology. * * *
kinesiology
—kinesiologist, n. /ki nee'see ol"euh jee, -zee-, kuy-/, n. the science dealing with the interrelationship of the physiological processes and anatomy of the human body with ...
kinesis
/ki nee"sis, kuy-/, n. Physiol. the movement of an organism in response to a stimulus, as light. [1900-05; < Gk kínesis movement, equiv. to kine-, verbid s. of kineîn to move + ...
kinesthesia
—kinesthetic /kin'euhs thet"ik/, adj. /kin'euhs thee"zheuh, -zhee euh, -zee euh, kuy'neuhs-/, n. the sensation of movement or strain in muscles, tendons, and joints; muscle ...
kinesthetic
See kinesthesia. * * *
kinesthetically
See kinesthetic. * * *
kinetic
—kinetically, adv. /ki net"ik, kuy-/, adj. 1. pertaining to motion. 2. caused by motion. 3. characterized by movement: Running and dancing are kinetic activities. [1850-55; < ...
kinetic art
—kinetic artist. art, as sculptural constructions, having movable parts activated by motor, wind, hand pressure, or other direct means and often having additional variable ...
kinetic energy
Physics. the energy of a body or a system with respect to the motion of the body or of the particles in the system. Cf. potential energy. [1865-70] * * * Form of energy that an ...
kinetic potential
Physics. the kinetic energy minus the potential energy in a system obeying the principle of conservation of energy. Symbol: L Also called Lagrangian function. [1925-30] * * *
kinetic sculpture
Sculpture in which movement (as of a motor-driven part or a changing electronic image) is a basic element. Actual movement became an important aspect of sculpture in the 20th ...
kinetic theory
kinetic theory n. the theory that the minute particles of all matter are in constant motion and that the temperature of a substance is dependent on the velocity of this motion, ...
kinetic theory of gases
Physics. a theory that the particles in a gas move freely and rapidly along straight lines but often collide, resulting in variations in their velocity and direction. Pressure is ...
kinetic theory of heat
Physics. a theory that the temperature of a body is determined by the average kinetic energy of its particles and that an inflow of heat increases this energy. [1860-65] * * *
kinetic theory of matter
Physics. a theory that matter is composed of small particles, all in random motion. * * *
kinetically
See kinetic. * * *
kineticart
kinetic art n. An art form, such as an assemblage or sculpture, made up of parts designed to be set in motion by an internal mechanism or an external stimulus, such as light or ...
kineticartist
See kinetic art. * * *
kineticenergy
kinetic energy n. The energy possessed by a body because of its motion, equal to one half the mass of the body times the square of its speed. * * *
kineticism
—kineticist, n. /ki net"euh siz'euhm, kuy-/, n. 1. the quality or state of being kinetic. 2. See kinetic art. [1935-40; KINETIC + -ISM] * * *
kineticist
See kineticism. * * *
kinetics
/ki net"iks, kuy-/, n. (used with a sing. v.) Physics. the branch of mechanics that deals with the actions of forces in producing or changing the motion of masses. [1860-65; see ...
kinetictheory
kinetic theory n. A theory concerning the thermodynamic behavior of matter, especially the relationships among pressure, volume, and temperature in gases. It is based on the ...
kinetin
/kuy"ni tin/, n. Biochem. a synthetic cytokinin, C10H9ON5, that retards senescence in plants. [1955; KINET(O)- + -IN2] * * *
kineto-
a combining form with the meanings "movement," "movable," "moving," used in the formation of compound words: kinetograph; kinetosome. [ < Gk kinet(ós) movable (equiv. to kine-, ...
kinetochore
/ki nee"teuh kawr', -kohr', -net"euh-, kuy-/, n. Biol. the place on either side of the centromere to which the spindle fibers are attached during cell division. [1930-35; KINETO- ...
kinetograph
—kinetographer /kin'i tog"reuh feuhr, kuy'ni-/, n. —kinetographic /ki nee'teuh graf"ik, -net'euh-, kuy-/, adj. —kinetography, n. /ki nee"teuh graf', -grahf', -net"euh-, ...
kinetoplast
kinetoplast [ki net′ə plast΄, kinēt′ə plast΄] n. 〚 KINETO- + -PLAST〛 a cytoplasmic structure lying at the base of the flagellum in many flagellated protists * * ...
Kinetoplastida
      protozoan order, formerly called Protomonadida or Protomastigida, the members of which are sometimes referred to as protomonads. See protomonad. * * *
kinetoscope
—kinetoscopic /ki nee'teuh skop"ik, -net'euh-, kuy-/, adj. /ki nee"teuh skohp', -net"euh-, kuy-/, n. an early motion-picture device, invented by Edison, in which the film ...
kinetosis
/kin'i toh"sis, kuy'neuh-/, n. Pathol. any condition caused by motion of the body, as seasickness. [KINET(O)- + -OSIS] * * *
kinetosome
ki·net·o·some (kə-nĕtʹə-sōm', -nēʹtə-, kī-) n. See basal body. * * *
kinfolk
/kin"fohk'/, n.pl. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. relatives or kindred. Also, kinfolks, kinsfolk. [1425-75; late ME kinnes-folk; see KIN, FOLK] * * *
king
—kingless, adj. —kinglessness, n. —kinglike, adj. /king/, n. 1. a male sovereign or monarch; a man who holds by life tenure, and usually by hereditary right, the chief ...
King
/king/, n. 1. Billie Jean (Moffitt) /mof"it/, born 1943, U.S. tennis player. 2. Clarence, 1842-1901, U.S. geologist and cartographer. 3. Ernest Joseph, 1878-1956, U.S. naval ...
King Arthur
➡ Arthur * * *
king bee
South Midland and Southern U.S. a self-important person. [1890-95, Amer.; on the model of QUEEN BEE] * * *
King Charles spaniel
a variety of the English toy spaniel having a black-and-tan coat. [1895-1900; named after Charles II of England from his liking for this variety] * * *
King Charles's head
King Charles's head n. 〚in allusion to a character's obsession with the head of Charles I (beheaded 1649) in Dickens' David Copperfield〛 a fixed idea; personal obsession * * *
king clam
geoduck. * * *
king closer
/kloh"zeuhr/, Masonry. 1. a brick of regular length and thickness, used in building corners, having a long bevel from a point on one side to one about halfway across the adjacent ...
king cobra
a cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, of southeastern Asia and the East Indies, that grows to a length of more than 15 ft. (5 m): the largest of the venomous snakes. Also called ...
King Cotton
U.S. Hist. cotton and cotton-growing considered, in the pre-Civil War South, as a vital commodity, the major factor not only in the economy but also in politics. [1850-55, ...
King Country
▪ region, New Zealand also called  Western Uplands        geographical region in North Island, New Zealand. Lying west of Lake Taupo and south of Hamilton, it ...
king crab
1. See horseshoe crab. 2. Also called Alaskan king crab, Alaska crab. a large, edible crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, of cold North Pacific waters, esp. abundant along the ...
king devil
any of several European hawkweeds introduced into northeastern North America, where they are troublesome weeds. [1890-95] * * *
King George Sound
Inlet of the Indian Ocean, southern coast of Western Australia. It has an area of 35 sq mi (91 sq km). Its harbours are Oyster Harbor and Princess Royal Harbor (the site of the ...
King George's War
a war (1744-48) waged by England and its colonies against France, constituting the North American phase of the War of the Austrian Succession. * * * (1744–48) Inconclusive ...
King Horn
the earliest extant verse romance (late 13th century) in the English language. * * *
King Island
▪ island, Tasmania, Australia       island in Bass Strait, 50 miles (80 km) off the northwestern coast of Tasmania, Australia. About 40 miles by 15 miles (64 km by 24 ...
King James Version
King James Version n. AUTHORIZED VERSION * * * ➡ Authorized Version. * * * ▪ sacred text also called  Authorized Version        English translation of the Bible ...
King James Version.
See Authorized Version. Also called King James' Bible. * * *
King John
a drama (1596-97?) by Shakespeare. * * * ▪ work by Shakespeare in full  The Life and Death of King John        chronicle play in five acts by William Shakespeare ...
King Khālid Military City
▪ Saudi Arabia       city, northeastern Saudi Arabia. The city, under construction in the early 1980s, was being built by U.S. Army engineers after developing the nearby ...
King Kong
a famous US film (1933) about a very large ape. In the story, King Kong captures Ann, played by Fay Wray (1907–2004), when she visits his island. She is rescued, and the ape is ...
King Lear
/lear/ a tragedy (1606) by Shakespeare. * * * ▪ work by Shakespeare       tragedy in five acts by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William), written in 1605–06 and ...
King Leopold Ranges
▪ mountains, Western Australia, Australia  mountain chain of northern Western Australia, forming the southwestern edge of the Kimberley Plateau. It comprises a well-dissected ...
king mackerel
a game fish, Scomberomorus cavalla, found in the western Atlantic Ocean. Also called cavalla. [1935-40] * * *
king of beasts
the lion. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
king of kings
a king having other kings subject to him. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
King of kings
1. Christ; Jesus. 2. God; Jehovah. Also, King of Kings. * * *
king of the castle
a children’s game in which one player stands on something and the others try to take his or her place. The traditional rhyme sung by the first player is: I’m the king of the ...
king of the forest
the oak tree. * * *
king of the hill
1. a game in which each player attempts to climb to the top of some point, as a mound of earth, and to prevent all others from pushing or pulling him or her off the top. 2. an ...
King of Wartnaby, John Leonard King, Baron
▪ 2006  British industrialist (b. August 1917?, Brentwood, Essex, Eng.—d. July 12, 2005, Wartnaby, Leicestershire, Eng.), privatized the struggling state-owned British ...
king penguin
a large penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus, found on islands bordering the Antarctic Circle. [1880-85] * * *
King Philip's War
the war (1675-76) between New England colonists and a confederation of Indians under their leader, King Philip. * * * (1675–76) Bloodiest conflict between American colonists ...
king plank
Shipbuilding. a plank running along the center line of a deck, into which all other planks are fitted. * * *
king post
1. a structural member running vertically between the apex and base of a triangular roof truss. 2. Mach. a rotating or stationary column for supporting tackle or booms used in ...
king rail
a large, long-billed rail, Rallus elegans, of North America, having reddish-brown plumage. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
King Ranch
▪ ranch, Texas, United States       largest ranch in the United States, composed of a group of four tracts of land in southeastern Texas, totaling approximately 825,000 ...
king rod
kingbolt. * * *
king salmon
☆ king salmon n. CHINOOK SALMON * * * ▪ fish also called  chinook salmon,  spring salmon,  quinnat , or  tyee   (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) prized North Pacific food ...
king salmon.
See chinook salmon. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
king snake
any of several New World constrictors of the genus Lampropeltis, that often feed on other snakes. Also, kingsnake. [1700-10, Amer.; KING + SNAKE] * * * Any of seven species of ...
King Sound
▪ inlet, Western Australia, Australia       inlet of the Indian Ocean, northern Western Australia, measuring 90 miles by 35 miles (145 km by 56 km). Its entrance is ...
king truss
Building Trades. a truss having a king post. * * *
king vulture
a large, black-and-white vulture, Sarcorhamphus papa, of Central and South America, having colorful wattles and wartlike protuberances on its head and neck. [1880-85] * * *
King William Island
▪ island, Nunavut, Canada       island, in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, western Nunavut territory, between Victoria Island and Boothia Peninsula. The island is ...
King William's Town
▪ South Africa       town, Eastern Cape province, South Africa, west of East London. Founded as a missionary station in 1826, King William's Town later (after 1835) ...
King William's War
the war (1689-97) in which England and its American colonies and Indian allies opposed France and its Indian allies and which constituted the American phase of the War of the ...
King's Bench
Brit. Law. a court, originally the principal court for criminal cases, gradually acquiring a civil jurisdiction concurrent with that of the Court of Common Pleas, and also ...
king's blue
king's blue n. COBALT BLUE * * *
king's blue.
See cobalt blue. [1905-10] * * *
king's bounty
Brit. a grant, given in the royal name, to a mother of triplets. Also called, when a queen is sovereign, queen's bounty. * * *
King's Champion.
See under Champion of England. * * *
king's color
1. a white ceremonial ensign with a royal cipher, flown on special occasions by the British Royal Navy. 2. the union jack as an emblem on the regimental colors of a British ...
King's Counsel
Brit. Law. 1. a body of barristers of a higher status who are specially appointed to be the crown's counsel, and who are permitted to plead inside the bar in the court. 2. a ...
king's crown
a tropical American shrub, Justicia carnea, of the acanthus family, bearing clusters of tubular reddish flowers. * * *
king's English
standard, educated, or correct English speech or usage, esp. of England. Also called, when a queen is sovereign, queen's English. [1545-55] * * *
king's evidence
Brit. Law. evidence for the crown given by an accused person against his or her alleged accomplices. Also called, when a queen is sovereign, queen's evidence. Cf. state's ...
king's evil
scrofula: so called because it was supposed to be curable by the touch of the reigning sovereign. [1350-1400; ME kynges evel] * * * ▪ medical disorder        scrofula ...
king's highway
Brit. a highway built by the national government. Also, King's highway, King's Highway. Also called, when a queen is sovereign, queen's highway. * * *
King's Lynn
▪ England, United Kingdom       town and seaport, King's Lynn and West Norfolk borough, administrative and historic county of Norfolk, England. The town lies along the ...
King's Lynn and West Norfolk
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       borough (district), administrative and historic county of Norfolk, eastern England. The borough is bounded by the North Sea on ...
King's mark
one of the marks composing a hallmark, consisting of the head of a leopard, formerly a crowned head. * * *
King's Men
an English theatrical company originally called Lord Chamberlain's Men, founded in the late 16th century: William Shakespeare was the company's principal dramatist. * * * ▪ ...
king's pattern
a spoon pattern of the 19th century having a stem decorated with threads, scrolls, and shell motifs. * * *
King's Proctor
a British judiciary officer who may intervene in probate, nullity, or divorce actions when collusion, suppression of evidence, or other irregularities are alleged. Also called, ...
king's ransom
an extremely large amount of money: The painting was sold for a king's ransom. * * *
King's Remembrancer
(in Great Britain) a judiciary official who collects debts owed to the king. Also called, when a queen is sovereign, Queen's Remembrancer. * * *
king's scout
(in Great Britain) a boy scout who has achieved the highest level of scouting: similar to the U.S. eagle scout. Also called, when a queen is sovereign, queen's scout. * * *
king's shilling
(until 1879) a shilling given a recruit in the British army to bind his enlistment contract. Also called, when a queen was sovereign, queen's shilling. * * *
King's speech
(in the British Parliament) a speech reviewing domestic conditions and foreign relations, prepared by the ministry in the name of the sovereign, and read at the opening of the ...
king's weather
Brit. Informal. fine weather; weather fit for a king. * * *
king's yellow
Chem. See under arsenic trisulfide. * * *
king's-pawn openings
/kingz"pawn"/, (used with a sing. v.) a class of chess openings in which the pawn in front of the king is advanced two squares on the first move. * * *
King'sBench
King's Bench (kĭngz) n. Abbr. KB A division of the British superior court system that hears criminal and civil cases. Used when the sovereign is a man. * * *
King'sCounsel
King's Counsel n. Abbr. KC A barrister appointed as counsel to the British crown. Used when the sovereign is a man. * * *
King'sEnglish
King's English n. English speech or usage that is considered standard or accepted; Received Standard English. * * *
King'sLynn
King's Lynn A municipal borough of eastern England on the Ouse River near the Wash. Dating from Saxon times, it was formerly one of the chief ports in England. Population: ...
King, Alan
▪ 2005 Irwin Alan Kniberg        American comedian (b. Dec. 26, 1927, New York, N.Y.—d. May 9, 2004, New York City), was renowned for his satiric monologues delivered ...
King, Albert
▪ American musician original name  Albert Nelson   born April 25, 1923, Indianola, Miss., U.S. died Dec. 21, 1992, Memphis, Tenn.       American blues musician who ...
King, B.B.
orig. Riley B. King born Sept. 16, 1925, Itta Bena, near Indianola, Miss., U.S. U.S. blues guitarist. Reared in the Mississippi Delta, he was influenced early by gospel music. ...
King, Billie Jean
orig. Billie Jean Moffitt born Nov. 22, 1943, Long Beach, Calif., U.S. U.S. tennis player. She won her first Wimbledon doubles championship in 1961 as part of the youngest ...
King, Carol Weiss
▪ American lawyer née  Carol Weiss  born Aug. 24, 1895, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 22, 1952, New York City       American lawyer who specialized in immigration ...
King, Clarence
▪ American geologist born Jan. 6, 1842, Newport, R.I., U.S. died Dec. 24, 1901, Phoenix, Ariz.       American geologist and mining engineer who organized and directed ...
King, Coretta Scott
▪ 2007  American activist (b. April 27, 1927, Marion, Ala.—d. Jan. 30, 2006, Playa de Rosarito, Mex.), together with her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., played a ...
King, Don
▪ American boxing promoter in full  Donald King  born August 20, 1931, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.    American boxing promoter known for his flamboyant manner and outrageous ...
King, Earl
▪ 2004 Earl Silas Johnson IV        American rhythm-and-blues musician and songwriter (b. Feb. 7, 1934, New Orleans, La.—d. April 17, 2003, New Orleans), played an ...
King, Ernest Joseph
▪ United States admiral born November 23, 1878, Lorain, Ohio, U.S. died June 25, 1956, Portsmouth, New Hampshire  American admiral who was commander in chief of U.S. naval ...
King, Frank
▪ American artist born April 9, 1883, Cashton, Wis., U.S. died June 24, 1969, Winter Park, Fla.       U.S. comic-strip artist who created “Gasoline Alley,” a ...
King, Franklin Hiram
▪ American inventor born June 8, 1848, near Whitewater, Wis., U.S. died Aug. 4, 1911, Madison, Wis.       American agricultural scientist, inventor of the cylindrical ...
King, Gregory
▪ British statistician born Dec. 15, 1648, Lichfield, Staffordshire, Eng. died Aug. 29, 1712, London       English genealogist, engraver, and statistician, best known ...
King, Henry
▪ English poet baptized Jan. 16, 1592, Worminghall, Buckinghamshire, Eng. died Sept. 30, 1669, Chichester, Sussex       English poet and Anglican bishop whose elegy for ...
King, Larry
orig. Lawrence Harvey Zeiger born Nov. 19, 1993, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. U.S. talk-show host. He worked in Miami, Fla., as a radio disc jockey, talk-show host, and freelance ...
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
born Jan. 15, 1929, Atlanta, Ga., U.S. died April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tenn. U.S. civil-rights leader. The son and grandson of Baptist preachers, King became an adherent of ...
King, Martin Luther,Jr.
King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1929-1968. American cleric whose eloquence and commitment to nonviolent tactics formed the foundation of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ...
King, Michael
▪ 2005       New Zealand historian and biographer (b. Dec. 15, 1945, Wellington, N.Z.—d. March 30, 2004, near Maramarua, N.Z.), wrote accessible scholarly works on New ...
King, Pee Wee
▪ 2001 Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski        American bandleader and songwriter (b. Feb. 18, 1914, Milwaukee, Wis.—d. March 7, 2000, Louisville, Ky.), was an ...
King, Rufus
born March 24, 1755, Scarborough, Mass. died April 29, 1827, Jamaica, N.Y., U.S. U.S. diplomat. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress (1784–87), where he called for a ...
King, Stephen
▪ American novelist in full  Stephen Edwin King   born Sept. 21, 1947, Portland, Maine, U.S.       American novelist and short-story writer whose books were credited ...
King, Stephen (Edwin)
born Sept. 21, 1947, Portland, Maine, U.S. U.S. writer. Educated at the University of Maine, he wrote a number of enormously popular books, which made him one of the world's ...
King, W(illiam) L(yon) Mackenzie
born Dec. 17, 1874, Berlin, Ont., Can. died July 22, 1950, Kingsmere, Que. Prime minister of Canada (1921–26, 1926–30, 1935–48). The grandson of William L. Mackenzie, he ...
King, W.L. Mackenzie
▪ prime minister of Canada Introduction in full  William Lyon Mackenzie King   born Dec. 17, 1874, Berlin, Ont., Can. died July 22, 1950, Kingsmere, Que.  prime minister of ...
King, William Rufus de Vane
born April 7, 1786, Sampson county, N.C., U.S. died April 18, 1853, Cahaba, Ala. U.S. politician. A member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina from 1811, ...
King,Billie Jean Moffitt
King, Billie Jean Moffitt. Born 1943. American tennis player who won 20 titles at Wimbledon (6 singles, 10 women's doubles, and 4 mixed doubles) and 4 U.S. Open championships ...
King,Coretta Scott
King, Coretta Scott. Born 1927. American civil rights leader noted for her work on behalf of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Martin Luther King, Jr., ...
King,Maxine
King, Maxine. Known as “Micki.” Born 1944. American diver who dominated women's diving in the 1960s. She was injured while competing in the 1968 Olympics but won one Olympic ...
King,Richard
King, Richard. 1825-1885. American steamboat captain and rancher whose 600,000-acre ranch in Texas was the largest in the United States. * * *
King,Rufus
King, Rufus. 1755-1827. American politician and diplomat. A member of the Continental Congress (1784-1787) and the Constitutional Convention (1787), he served as ambassador to ...
King,William Lyon Mackenzie
King, William Lyon Mackenzie. 1874-1950. Canadian politician who three times served as prime minister (1921-1926, 1926-1930, and 1935-1948). * * *
king-hit
/king"hit'/, n. Australian. a knockout punch. [1920-25] * * *
king-of-arms
/king"euhv ahrmz"/, n., pl. kings-of-arms. a title of certain of the principal heralds of England and certain other kingdoms empowered by their sovereigns to grant armorial ...
king-of-the-salmon
/king"euhv dheuh sam"euhn/, n., pl. king-of-the-salmon. a ribbonfish, Trachypterus altivelis, of northern parts of the Pacific Ocean. * * *
king-size
/king"suyz'/, adj. 1. larger or longer than the usual size. 2. (of a bed) extra large, usually measuring between 76 and 78 in. (193 and 198 cm) wide and between 80 and 84 in. ...
king-whiting
/king"hwuy'ting, -wuy'-/, n., pl. king-whitings, (esp. collectively) king-whiting. See northern kingfish. * * *
Kingaroy
▪ Queensland, Australia       town, southeastern Queensland, Australia, in the South Burnett area. It originated in 1886 as Kingaroy Paddock, deriving its name from the ...
kingbird
/king"berrd'/, n. any of several American tyrant flycatchers of the genus Tyrannus, esp. T. tyrannus (eastern kingbird), of North America, known for their pugnacious disposition ...
kingbolt
/king"bohlt'/, n. 1. a vertical bolt connecting the body of a vehicle with the fore axle, the body of a railroad car with a truck, etc. 2. (in a roof truss) an iron or steel rod ...
KingCharles spaniel
King Charles spaniel n. Any of a variety of English toy spaniel with a curly, black and tan coat and long ears.   [After King Charles II.] * * *
Kingchow
/ging"joh"/, n. Older Spelling. former name of Jiangling. * * *

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