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kingcobra
king cobra n. A large venomous snake (Ophiophagus hannah) of southeast Asia and the Philippines that can grow to a length of 5.5 meters (18 feet). Also called hamadryad. * * *
kingcrab
king crab n. 1. A large crab (Paralithodes camtschatica) inhabiting the coastal waters of Alaska, Japan, and Siberia and valued commercially for its edible flesh. Also called ...
kingcraft
/king"kraft', -krahft'/, n. the art of ruling as king; royal statesmanship. [1635-45; KING + CRAFT] * * *
kingcup
/king"kup'/, n. 1. any of various common buttercups, as Ranunculus bulbosus, having bright-yellow flowers. 2. Chiefly Brit. the marsh marigold. [1530-40; KING + CUP] * * *
kingdom
/king"deuhm/, n. 1. a state or government having a king or queen as its head. 2. anything conceived as constituting a realm or sphere of independent action or control: the ...
kingdom come
1. the next world; the hereafter; heaven. 2. Informal. a place or future time seemingly very remote: You could keep it up till kingdom come. [1775-85; extracted from the phrase ...
Kingdom Hall
a meeting place of Jehovah's Witnesses for religious services. * * *
kingdom of ends
(in Kantian ethics) a metaphorical realm to which belong those persons acting and being acted upon in accordance with moral law. * * *
kingdom of God
or kingdom of heaven In Christianity, the spiritual realm over which God reigns as king, or the eventual fulfillment of God's will on earth. Although rare in pre-Christian ...
kingdomcome
kingdom come n. Informal 1. The next world: a bomb that could blow us to kingdom come. 2. The end of time: You can complain till kingdom come, but it won't help.   [From the ...
kingfish
/king"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) kingfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) kingfishes. 1. any of several marine food fishes of the drum family, esp. of ...
kingfisher
/king"fish'euhr/, n. any of numerous fish- or insect-eating birds of the family Alcedinidae that have a large head and a long, stout bill and are usually crested and brilliantly ...
kingfisher daisy
a bushy southern African plant, Felicia bergerana, having grasslike leaves and solitary, bright-blue flowers. * * *
kinghood
/king"hood/, n. the state of being king; kingship. [1300-50; ME kinghod. See KING, -HOOD] * * *
Kingi, Wiremu
▪ Maori chief also called  Te Rangitake, or William King   born c. 1795, , Manukorihi, N.Z. died Jan. 13, 1882, Kaingaru        Maori chief whose opposition to the ...
Kingis Quair, The
▪ Scottish literature       (c. 1423; “The King's Book”), love-dream allegory written in Early Scots and attributed to James I of Scotland. It marks the beginning ...
KingJames Bible
King James Bible n. An English translation of the Bible from Hebrew and Greek published in 1611 under the auspices of James I. Also called Authorized Version, King James ...
Kinglake
/king"layk'/, n. Alexander William, 1809-91, English historian. * * *
kinglet
/king"lit/, n. 1. a king ruling over a small country or territory. 2. any of several small, greenish, crested birds of the genus Regulus. Cf. goldcrest, golden-crowned kinglet, ...
kingliness
See kingly. * * *
kingly
—kingliness, n. /king"lee/, adj., kinglier, kingliest, adv. adj. 1. stately or splendid, as resembling, suggesting, or befitting a king; regal: He strode into the room with a ...
kingmackerel
king mackerel n. A food and game fish (Scomberomorus cavalla) of warm Atlantic waters. Also called cavalla. * * *
kingmaker
—kingmaking, n., adj. /king"may'keuhr/, n. a person who has great power and influence in the choice of a ruler, candidate for public office, business leader, or the ...
kingmaking
See kingmaker. * * *
Kingman
▪ Arizona, United States       city, seat (1887) of Mohave county, Arizona, U.S. Since 1882 Kingman has been the shopping and shipping centre for sparsely settled ...
Kingman Reef
Kingman Reef Introduction Kingman Reef - Background: The US annexed the reef in 1922. Its sheltered lagoon served as a way station for flying ...
Kingo, Thomas
▪ Danish author born December 15, 1634, Slangerup, Denmark died October 14, 1703, Odense  clergyman and poet whose works are considered the high point of Danish Baroque ...
kingpenguin
king penguin n. A large penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) of Antarctic regions, having an orange oval on the side of the face and a yellow patch at the base of the throat. * * *
kingpin
/king"pin'/, n. 1. Bowling. a. headpin. b. the pin at the center; the number five pin. 2. Informal. the person of chief importance in a corporation, movement, undertaking, ...
kingpost
king post king post roof Precision Graphics n. Architecture A supporting post extending vertically from a crossbeam to the apex of a triangular truss. * * *
Kings
/kingz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) either of two books of the Bible, I Kings or II Kings, which contain the history of the kings of Israel and Judah. Abbr.: Ki. * * *
Kings and queens regnant of Spain
▪ Table Kings and queens regnant of Spain Asturias (including Galicia from 739 and Leon from 855) Pelayo c. 718–c. 737 Favila c. 737–739 Alfonso I 739–757 Fruela ...
Kings Canyon National Park
a national park in E California: deep granite gorges; giant sequoias; mountains. 708 sq. mi. (1835 sq. km). * * * National park, Sierra Nevadas, south-central California, U.S. ...
Kings County
▪ county, New York, United States       county in southeastern New York, U.S., that is coextensive with the Borough of Brooklyn (q.v.), New York City. It was formed in ...
Kings Mountain
a ridge in N South Carolina: American victory over the British 1780. * * *
Kings Mountain, Battle of
(Oct. 7, 1780) Battle in the American Revolution between American revolutionaries and loyalists. About 2,000 frontiersmen were assembled to resist the British advance into North ...
Kings Park
a town in NW Long Island, in SE New York. 16,131. * * *
Kings Peak
▪ mountain, Utah, United States       highest point (13,528 feet [4,123 metres]) in Utah, U.S., located 80 miles (130 km) east of Salt Lake City in the Uinta Mountains ...
Kings, books of
▪ Bible       two books of the Hebrew Bible or the Protestant Old Testament that, together with Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and 1 and 2 Samuel, belong to the group of ...
Kings, Valley of the
Narrow gorge, Upper Egypt, near the ancient city of Thebes. It is the burial site of nearly all of the kings (pharaohs) of the 18th–20th dynasties (1539–1075 BC), from ...
kings-of-arms
kings-of-arms (kĭngz'əv-ärmzʹ) n. Plural of king-of-arms. * * *
kingsalmon
king salmon n. See Chinook salmon. * * *
Kingsford Smith, Sir Charles Edward
▪ Australian pilot born Feb. 9, 1897, Hamilton, Queensland, Australia died Nov. 8?, 1935, at sea en route to Australia  Australian pilot who, with a three-man crew, flew the ...
kingship
/king"ship/, n. 1. the state, office, or dignity of a king. 2. rule by a king; monarchy. 3. aptitude for kingly duties. 4. (cap.) a title used in referring to a king; Majesty ...
kingside
king·side (kĭngʹsīd') n. The side of the chessboard that is nearest to the king's opening position.   kingʹside' adv. & adj. * * *
Kingsley
/kingz"lee/, n. 1. Charles, 1819-75, English clergyman, novelist, and poet. 2. Sidney, born 1906, U.S. playwright. 3. a male given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Amis Sir ...
Kingsley Amis
➡ Amis (I) * * *
Kingsley, Charles
born June 12, 1819, Holne Vicarage, Devon, Eng. died Jan. 23, 1875, Eversley, Hampshire English clergyman and novelist. After studies at Cambridge, he became a parish priest ...
Kingsley, Dorothy
▪ 1998       American screenwriter who began by writing radio comedy routines for Bob Hope and Edgar Bergen and went on to write, co-write, or collaborate on a series of ...
Kingsley, Henry
▪ English novelist born Jan. 2, 1830, Barnack, Northamptonshire, Eng. died May 24, 1876, Cuckfield, Sussex       English novelist and brother of Charles Kingsley ...
Kingsley, Mary Henrietta
▪ English traveler born Nov. 13, 1862, London died June 3, 1900, Simonstown, near Cape Town, Cape Colony [now in South Africa]  English traveler who, disregarding the ...
Kingsley, Sidney
▪ 1996       (SIDNEY KIRSHNER), U.S. playwright (b. Oct. 18, 1906, New York, N.Y.—d. March 20, 1995, Oakland, N.J.), explored the social ills of the Depression era in ...
Kingsley, Sir Ben
▪ British actor original name  Krishna Bhanji  born Dec. 31, 1943, Scarborough, Yorkshire, Eng.       British actor recognized for playing a wide range of roles, ...
Kingsley,Charles
Kings·ley (kĭngzʹlē), Charles. 1819-1875. British cleric and writer whose works include novels of social criticism, notably Alton Locke (1850), historical romances, such as ...
kingsnake
☆ kingsnake [kiŋ′snāk΄ ] n. any of several large, harmless, New World colubrid snakes (genus Lampropeltis) found esp. in SW U.S. and N Mexico: also king snake * * * king ...
Kingsolver
/king"sol'veuhr/, n. Barbara, born 1955, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and essayist. * * *
Kingsolver, Barbara
▪ American author and activist born April 8, 1955, Annapolis, Md., U.S.       American writer and political activist whose best-known novels concern the endurance of ...
KingsPeak
Kings Peak (kĭngz) A peak, 4,116.9 m (13,498 ft) high, of the Uinta Mountains in northeast Utah. It is the highest elevation in the range. * * *
Kingsport
/kingz"pawrt', -pohrt'/, n. a city in NE Tennessee. 32,027. * * * ▪ Tennessee, United States       city, Sullivan county, northeastern Tennessee, U.S., on the Holston ...
KingsRiver
Kings River A river, about 201 km (125 mi) long, of central California rising in headstreams that flow through the gorges of Kings Canyon in the Sierra Nevada. * * *
Kingston
/kingz"teuhn, king"steuhn/, n. 1. Maxine Hong /hong/, born 1940, U.S. novelist. 2. a seaport in and the capital of Jamaica. 600,000. 3. a port in SE Ontario, in SE Canada, on ...
Kingston Trio, the
▪ American folk music group       American folk group that helped spark the folk music revival (folk rock) of the 1960s. The original members were Dave Guard (b. Oct. ...
Kingston upon Hull
Kingston upon Hull HULL2 (in England) * * * or Hull City and unitary authority (pop., 2001: 243,595), geographic county of East Riding of Yorkshire, historic county of ...
Kingston upon Thames
/temz/ a borough of Greater London, England. 135,900. * * * ▪ royal borough, London, United Kingdom       royal borough and outer borough of London, part of the ...
Kingston, Maxine Hong
orig. Maxine Hong born Oct. 27, 1940, Stockton, Calif., U.S. U.S. writer. Born to an immigrant family, she examined the myths, realities, and cultural identities of Chinese ...
Kingston,Maxine Hong
Kingston, Maxine Hong. Born 1940. American writer noted for incorporating her Chinese-American background into her writings. Her best known works include The Woman Warrior (1976) ...
Kingston-upon-Hull
/kingz"teuhn euh pon'hul", -euh pawn'-, king"steuhn-/, n. official name of Hull. * * *
Kingstown
/kingz"town'/, n. a city in and the capital of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on SW St. Vincent island. 4308. * * * Capital (pop., 1999 est.: 16,175), chief port of Saint ...
Kingsville
/kingz"vil/, n. a city in S Texas. 28,808. * * * ▪ Texas, United States       city, seat (1913) of Kleberg county, southern Texas, U.S. It lies along the coastal ...
Kingswood
Kings·wood (kĭngzʹwo͝od') An urban district of southwest England, a mainly residential suburb of Bristol. Population: 84,200. * * * ▪ England, United ...
Kingtehchen
/ging"du'jen"/, n. Older Spelling. Jingdezhen. * * *
Kingu
/kin"gooh/, n. (in Akkadian myth) a son of Apsu and Tiamat whose blood Ea and Marduk used in creating the human race. * * *
Kinguélé
▪ waterfall, Gabon       waterfall and site of a hydroelectric complex on the Mbei River of Gabon. Kinguélé is situated near Kango and is about 95 miles (150 km) by ...
KingWilliam Island
King William Island An island of central Nunavut, Canada, in the Arctic Ocean between Boothia Peninsula and Victoria Island. Long an Inuit hunting ground, it was sighted by Sir ...
kingwood
/king"wood'/, n. 1. a Brazilian wood streaked with violet tints, used esp. in cabinetwork. 2. the tree of the genus Dalbergia that yields this wood. [1850-55; KING + WOOD1] * * *
King–Crane Commission
▪ United States history       commission appointed at the request of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson during the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 to determine the attitudes ...
King’s Bench
➡ Queen’s Bench. * * *
King’s Bench (Division)
➡ Queen’s Bench * * *
King’s College Hospital
a large hospital in south-east London, England, which is part of London University and is used to teach medical students. * * *
King’s College, Cambridge
a college established by King Henry VI in 1441 as part of Cambridge University in England. The college chapel is one of the most impressive buildings in Cambridge and known for ...
King’s Counsel
➡ Queen’s Counsel. * * *
King’s Counsel (KC)
➡ Queen’s Counsel * * *
King’s Cross
an area of central London, England, that contains two large main line train stations (King’s Cross and St Pancras) and a station on the London Underground. A fire at the ...
King’s English
➡ Queen’s English. * * *
King’s Lynn
a port and market town in the county of Norfolk, England. It is known for its many fine old buildings and for its Festival of Music and the Arts, held in July every year. The ...
King’s Regulations
➡ Queen’s Regulations * * *
King’s Road
(usually the King’s Road) the main street in the district of Chelsea in central London, England. It is known for its many fashionable and colourful shops selling clothes and ...
King’s Speech
➡ Queen’s Speech * * *
Kinigi, Sylvie
▪ prime minister of Burundi born c. 1952, Burundi       economist and politician who served as prime minister of Burundi from July 1993 to February ...
kinin
/kuy"nin, kin"in/, n. Biochem. 1. cytokinin. 2. any of a group of hormones, formed in body tissues, that cause dilation of blood vessels and influence capillary ...
kink
/kingk/, n. 1. a twist or curl, as in a thread, rope, wire, or hair, caused by its doubling or bending upon itself. 2. a muscular stiffness or soreness, as in the neck or ...
Kinkaid
/kin kayd"/, n. Thomas Cassin /kas"in/, 1888-1972, U.S. admiral. * * *
Kinkaid Act
U.S. Hist. an act of Congress (1904) providing for the granting of 640-acre homesteads to settlers in western Nebraska. [named after Moses Kinkaid (1854-1922), American ...
Kinkaider
/kin kay"deuhr/, n. U.S. Hist. a person who received free land under the provisions of the Kinkaid Act. [KINKAID (ACT) + -ER1] * * *
kinkajou
/king"keuh jooh'/, n. a brownish, arboreal mammal, Potos flavus, of Central and South America, having a prehensile tail, related to the raccoon and coati. [1790-1800; < F: ...
Kinkel, Gottfried
▪ German poet born Aug. 11, 1815, Oberkassel, near Bonn [Germany] died Nov. 13, 1882, Zürich, Switz.       German poet who owes his reputation chiefly to his sympathy ...
Kinki
▪ region, Japan       chihō (region), west-central Honshu, Japan. It includes the ken (prefectures) of Hyōgo, Nara, Shiga, Wakayama, and Mie and the fu (urban ...
kinkily
See kinky. * * *
kinkiness
See kinkily. * * *
kinkle
—kinkled, kinkly, adj. /king"keuhl/, n. a little kink. [1860-65; KINK + -LE] * * *
Kinks, the
▪ British rock group Introduction  influential 1960s British Invasion group who infused their rhythm-and-blues (rhythm and blues) beginnings with sharp social observation ...
kinky
—kinkily, adv. —kinkiness, n. /king"kee/, adj., kinkier, kinkiest. 1. full of kinks; closely twisted: a kinky wire. 2. (of hair) closely or tightly curled. 3. Slang. marked ...
Kinmen
Chin. /kin"mun"/, n. Older Spelling. Quemoy. * * *
Kinnell
/ki nel"/, n. Galway, born 1927, U.S. poet. * * *
Kinnell, Galway
▪ American poet born Feb. 1, 1927, Providence, R.I., U.S.       American poet who examined the primitive bases of existence that are obscured by the overlay of ...
Kinnersley, Ebenezer
▪ American scientist born Nov. 30, 1711, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Eng. died July 4, 1778, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.       British colonial contemporary of Benjamin ...
kinnikinick
☆ kinnikinick or kinnikinic [kin΄i ki nik′ ] n. 〚earlier killikinnick < Delaware dialect kələk˙əní˙k˙an, lit., mixture〛 1. a mixture, as of tobacco and dried ...
kinnikinnick
/kin'i keuh nik"/, n. 1. a mixture of bark, dried leaves, and sometimes tobacco, formerly smoked by the Indians and pioneers in the Ohio valley. 2. any of various plants used in ...
Kinnock
(1942– ) a British politician who was leader of the Labour Party and leader of the Opposition from 1983 to 1992. During this period he led the party away from extreme left-wing ...
Kinnock, Neil (Gordon)
born March 28, 1942, Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales British politician. Elected to Parliament in 1970, he rose in the Labour Party ranks and was named to its national executive ...
Kinnock, Neil, Baron Kinnock of Bedwellty
▪ British politician in full  Neil Gordon Kinnock, Baron Kinnock of Bedwellty in the County of Gwent  born March 28, 1942, Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales    British ...
kinnor
▪ musical instrument       ancient Hebrew lyre, the musical instrument of King David. According to the Roman Jewish historian Josephus (1st century AD), it resembled the ...
kino
/kee"noh/, n., pl. kinos. (in Europe) a motion-picture theater; cinema. [ < G, shortened form of Kinematograph < F cinématographe CINEMATOGRAPH] * * *
kino gum
/kee"noh/ the reddish or black, catechulike inspissated juice or gum of certain tall trees belonging to the genus Pterocarpus, of the legume family, native to India and Sri ...
Kino, Eusebio
▪ Jesuit missionary in full  Eusebio Francisco Kino,  original name  Eusebio Francesco Chino, Chino  also spelled  Chini, or Kühn  born Aug. 10, 1645, Segno, Tirol [now ...
Kino,Eusebio Francisco
Ki·no (kēʹnō), Eusebio Francisco. 1645?-1711. Italian-born Jesuit missionary who explored and mapped much of the American Southwest and Mexico. * * *
kinorhynch
▪ marine invertebrate  any of the approximately 150 species of microscopic marine invertebrates of the phylum Kinorhyncha, widely distributed in the world's oceans. ...
Kinoshita Junji
▪ Japanese writer born Aug. 2, 1914, Tokyo, Japan died Oct. 30, 2006, Tokyo       playwright, a leader in the attempt to revitalize the post-World War II Japanese ...
Kinoshita Keisuke
▪ Japanese director original name  Kinoshita Shōkichi  born Dec. 5, 1912, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan died Dec. 30, 1998, Tokyo       one of Japan's most ...
Kinoshita, Keisuke
▪ 1999       Japanese motion picture director (b. Dec. 5, 1912, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan—d. Dec. 30, 1998, Tokyo, Japan), directed nearly 50 feature ...
Kinosternidae
      family of American turtles. See also mud turtle; musk turtle. * * *
Kinross
/kin raws", -ros"/, n. a historic county in E Scotland. Also called Kinrossshire /kin raws"shear, -sheuhr, -ros"-/. * * * ▪ Scotland, United Kingdom  small burgh (town), ...
Kinross-shire
▪ former county, Scotland, United Kingdom also called  Kinross   historic county in central Scotland, which lies entirely within Perth and Kinross council area. It ...
Kinsale
▪ Ireland Irish  Cionn tSaile        market town and seaport of County Cork, Ireland. It is situated on Kinsale Harbour, at the estuary of the River Bandon (Bandon, ...
Kinsella
/kin sel"euh/, n. W(illiam) P(atrick), born 1932, U.S. novelist and short-story writer. * * *
Kinsella, Thomas
▪ Irish poet born May 4, 1928, Dublin, Ire.       Irish poet whose sensitive lyrics deal with primal aspects of the human experience, often in a specifically Irish ...
Kinsey
/kin"zee/, n. Alfred Charles, 1894-1956, U.S. zoologist; directed studies of human sexual behavior. * * *
Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
▪ research organization, Bloomington, Indiana, United States original name  Institute for Sex Research        a nonprofit corporation affiliated with Indiana ...
Kinsey Reports
➡ Kinsey * * *
Kinsey, Alfred (Charles)
born June 23, 1894, Hoboken, N.J., U.S. died Aug. 25, 1956, Bloomington, Ind. U.S. zoologist and expert on human sexual behaviour. After earning a Ph.D. from Harvard University ...
Kinsey, Alfred Charles
▪ American scientist born June 23, 1894, Hoboken, N.J., U.S. died August 25, 1956, Bloomington, Ind.       American zoologist and student of human sexual behaviour ...
Kinsey,Alfred Charles
Kin·sey (kĭnʹzē), Alfred Charles. 1894-1956. American biologist noted for his studies of human sexuality, published as Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual ...
Kinseyscale
Kinsey scale n. A classification system for gauging sexual orientation, designed by Alfred Kinsey, and ranging from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively ...
kinsfolk
/kinz"fohk'/, n.pl. kinfolk. * * *
Kinshasa
/kin shah"seuh, kin"shah seuh/, n. a port in and capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the NW part, on the Congo (Zaire) River. 5,293,643. Formerly, ...
kinship
/kin"ship/, n. 1. the state or fact of being of kin; family relationship. 2. relationship by nature, qualities, etc.; affinity. [1825-35; KIN + -SHIP] Syn. 1. See relationship. ...
kinship terminology
      in anthropology, the system of names applied to categories of kin standing in relationship to one another. The possibilities for such nomenclature would seem ...
Kinski, Klaus
▪ German actor original name  Nikolus Gunther Nakszynski  born October 18, 1926, Zoppot, Germany [now Sopot, Poland] died November 23, 1991, Lagunitas, California, ...
kinsman
/kinz"meuhn/, n., pl. kinsmen. 1. a blood relative, esp. a male. 2. a relative by marriage. 3. a person of the same nationality or ethnic group. [1100-50; late OE cinnes man. See ...
Kinston
/kin"steuhn/, n. a city in E North Carolina. 25,234. * * * ▪ North Carolina, United States       city, seat (1791) of Lenoir county, east-central North Carolina, U.S. ...
kinswoman
/kinz"woom'euhn/, n., pl. kinswomen. 1. a female relative. 2. a woman of the same nationality or ethnic group. [1350-1400; ME; see KIN, 'S1, WOMAN, modeled on kinsman] * * *
Kinta Valley
▪ region, Malaysia       West Malaysia (Malaya), one of the most productive and easily worked tin regions in the world. Formed by the Sungai (River) Kinta (a tributary ...
Kintpuash
/kint"pooh ahsh'/, n. See Captain Jack. * * *
Kinugasa Teinosuke
▪ Japanese director born Jan. 1, 1896, Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, Japan died Feb. 26, 1982, Kyōto       first Japanese motion-picture director to present his story ...
Kinyarwanda
/kin'yahr wahn"deuh/, n. Ruanda (def. 2). * * *
Kinzie, Juliette Augusta Magill
▪ American pioneer and author née  Juliette Augusta Magill  born Sept. 11, 1806, Middletown, Conn., U.S. died Sept. 15, 1870, Amagansett, N.Y.       American pioneer ...
Kioga
/kyoh"geuh/, n. Lake. See Kyoga, Lake. * * *
Kioga,Lake
Ki·o·ga or Ky·o·ga (kē-ōʹgə), Lake A shallow lake of central Uganda. It is noted for its papyrus swamps. * * *
kiosk
/kee"osk, kee osk"/, n. 1. a small structure having one or more sides open, used as a newsstand, refreshment stand, bandstand, etc. 2. a thick, columnlike structure on which ...
Kioto
/kee oh"toh/; Japn. /kyaw"taw/, n. Kyoto. * * *
Kiowa
/kuy"euh weuh, -wah', -way'/, n., pl. Kiowas, (esp. collectively) Kiowa for 1. 1. a member of a Plains Indian people of the southwestern U.S. 2. a language that is closely ...
KiowaApache
Kiowa Apache n. pl. Kiowa Apache or Kiowa Apaches 1. a. A Native American people of the southern Great Plains who formed an integral part of the Kiowa tribe and shared its ...
kip
kip1 /kip/, n. 1. the hide of a young or small beast. 2. a bundle or set of such hides. [1325-75; ME kipp < MD, MLG kip pack (of hides); akin to ON kippa bundle] kip2 /kip/, n. a ...
kip-ft
one thousand foot-pounds. * * *
kipa
/kee pah"/, n., pl. kipoth, kipot, kipos Seph. /-pawt/; Ashk. /-pohs"/, Eng. kipas. Hebrew. yarmulke. * * *
Kiparissía, Gulf of
▪ gulf, Greece Modern Greek  Kólpos Kiparissiakós,         broad inlet of the Ionian Sea of the western Peloponnese, Greece, about 35 mi (55 km) in width. Flanking ...
Kipchak
▪ people Russian  Polovtsy , Byzantine  Kuman , or  Cuman        a loosely organized Turkic tribal confederation that by the mid-11th century occupied a vast, ...
Kiphuth
/kip"euhth/, n. Robert J(ohn) H(erman) (Bob),1890-1967, U.S. swimming coach. * * *
Kipkoech, Paul
▪ 1996       Kenyan runner who captured the 10,000-m race at the 1987 world championships and was the first Kenyan gold medalist in a world track championship (b. Jan. ...
Kipling
/kip"ling/, n. (Joseph) Rudyard /rud"yeuhrd/, 1865-1936, English author: Nobel prize 1907. * * *
Kipling, (Joseph) Rudyard
born Dec. 30, 1865, Bombay, India died Jan. 18, 1936, London, Eng. Indian-born British novelist, short-story writer, and poet. The son of a museum curator, he was reared in ...
Kipling, (Joseph)Rudyard
Kip·ling (kĭpʹlĭng), (Joseph) Rudyard. 1865-1936. British writer whose major works, including the short story “The Man Who Would Be King” (1889), a collection of ...
Kipling, Rudyard
▪ British writer Introduction in full  Joseph Rudyard Kipling   born Dec. 30, 1865, Bombay, India died Jan. 18, 1936, London, Eng.  English short-story writer, poet, and ...
Kipnis
/kip"nis/; Russ. /kyip nyees"/, n. Alexander /al'ig zan"deuhr, -zahn"-/; Russ. /u lyi ksahn"drdd/, 1891-1978, Russian singer in the U.S. * * *
Kipnis, Igor
▪ 2003       German-born American harpsichordist, teacher, and critic (b. Sept. 27, 1930, Berlin, Ger.—d. Jan. 23, 2002, Redding, Conn.), was perhaps the most eminent ...
kipper
kipper1 /kip"euhr/, n. 1. a fish, esp. a herring, that has been cured by splitting, salting, drying, and smoking. 2. this method of curing fish. 3. a male salmon during or after ...
Kipping, Frederic Stanley
▪ British chemist born Aug. 16, 1863, Manchester, Eng. died May 1, 1949, Criccieth, Caernarvonshire, Wales       British chemist who pioneered in the chemistry of ...
kippy
/kip"ee/, n., pl. kippies. Canadian Slang (chiefly the Maritime Provinces). an attractive young woman. [of uncert. orig.] * * *
Kipsikis
▪ people also spelled  Kipsiki , or  Kipsigi , erroneously called  Lumbwa        largest ethnic group of the Southern Nilotic (Kalenjin) language group. They ...
kipuka
/kee pooh"kah/, n. (in Hawaii) a tract of land surrounded by recent lava flows. [ < Hawaiian kipuka] * * * ▪ geology       area of land ranging from several square ...
Kir
/kear/, n. an apéritif of white wine or sometimes champagne (Kir Royale) flavored with cassis. [ < F, after Canon Félix Kir (1876-1968), mayor of Dijon, who allegedly created ...
Kir Moab
/kerr moh"ab/ ancient name of Kerak. * * *
Kir Royale.
See under Kir. [ < F: royal Kir] * * *
Kiraly, Karch
▪ 1997       Already considered by many to be the greatest volleyball player in history, U.S. athlete Charles ("Karch") Kiraly further solidified his presence in the ...
kirby
/kerr"bee/, n., pl. kirbies. Angling. a fishhook having an even bend. Also called kirby hook. [1795-1805; after the proper name] * * *
Kirby
/kerr"bee/, n. a male given name. * * *
Kirby, Durward
▪ 2001       American broadcaster and actor (b. Aug. 24, 1912, Covington, Ky.—d. March 15, 2000, Fort Myers, Fla.), parlayed his success as a radio announcer in the ...
Kirby, Jack
▪ 1995       (JACOB KURTZBERG), U.S. comic-book artist (b. Aug. 28, 1917, New York, N.Y.—d. Feb. 6, 1994, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), as the undisputed king of the comics, ...
Kirby, Rollin
▪ American cartoonist born Sept. 4, 1875, Galva, Ill., U.S. died May 8, 1952, New York, N.Y.       American political cartoonist who gave modern cartooning decisive ...
Kirby, William
▪ Canadian writer born October 13, 1817, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England died June 23, 1906, Niagara, Ontario, Canada  writer whose historical novel The Golden Dog ...
Kirby-Smith
/kerr"bee smith"/, n. Edmund, 1824-93, Confederate general in the American Civil War. * * *
Kirby-Smith, E.
▪ United States military officer in full  Edmund Kirby-smith   born May 16, 1824, St. Augustine, Fla., U.S. died March 28, 1893, Sewanee, Tenn.  Confederate general during ...
Kircher, Athanasius
▪ German Jesuit priest and scholar born May 2, 1601, Geisa, Abbacy of Fulda [Thuringia] died Nov. 27, 1680, Rome       Jesuit priest and scholar, sometimes called the ...
Kirchhoff
/keerddkh"hawf/, n. Gustav Robert /goos"tahf rddoh"berddt/, 1824-87, German physicist. * * * (as used in expressions) Kirchhoff's circuit rules Kirchhoff's laws Kirchhoff Gustav ...
Kirchhoff's circuit rules
or Kirchhoff's laws Two statements, developed by Gustav Kirchhoff, about complex circuits that embody the laws of conservation (see conservation law) of electric charge and ...
Kirchhoff's law
Physics, Elect. 1. the law that the algebraic sum of the currents flowing toward any point in an electric network is zero. 2. the law that the algebraic sum of the products of ...
Kirchhoff, Gustav Robert
born March 12, 1824, Königsberg, Prussia died Oct. 17, 1887, Berlin, Ger. German physicist. Kirchhoff's laws (1845) allow calculation of the currents, voltages, and ...
Kirchhoff,Gustav Robert
Kirch·hoff (kîrʹkôf', kîrKHʹhôf), Gustav Robert. 1824-1887. German physicist noted for his research in spectrum analysis, optics, and electricity. * * *
Kirchner
/kearsh"neuhr, keark"-/; Ger. /keerddkh"neuhrdd/, n. Ernst Ludwig, 1880-1938, German expressionist artist. * * *
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig
born May 6, 1880, Aschaffenberg, Bavaria died June 15, 1938, near Davos, Switz. German painter, printmaker, and sculptor. He was among the founders of the Expressionist group ...
Kirchner, Nestor
▪ 2004       When, on May 25, 2003, Néstor Carlos Kirchner was sworn in as Argentina's sixth president in 18 months, it was an outcome that just six months earlier had ...
Kirchner,Ernst Ludwig
Kirch·ner (kîrkʹnər, kîrKHʹ-), Ernst Ludwig. 1880-1938. German expressionist artist whose woodcuts and paintings, such as The Street (1913), convey psychological tension ...
Kirchschlager, Rudolf
▪ 2001       Austrian politician and diplomat (b. March 20, 1915, Obermühl, Upper Austria, Austria-Hungary—d. March 30, 2000, Vienna, Austria), attained international ...
Kirchwey, Freda
▪ American editor and publisher born Sept. 26, 1893, Lake Placid, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 3, 1976, St. Petersburg, Fla.       American editor and publisher, remembered for ...
Kireyevsky, Ivan Vasilyevich
▪ Russian writer Kireyevsky also spelled  Kireevsky   born March 10 [March 22, New Style], 1806, Dolbino, Russia died May 30 [June 11], 1856, St. ...
Kirghiz
/kir geez"/; Russ. /kyirdd gyees"/, n., pl. Kirghizes, (esp. collectively) Kirghiz for 1. 1. a member of a formerly nomadic people dwelling chiefly in Kirghizia (Kyrgyzstan). 2. ...
Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic
Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic a republic of the U.S.S.R.: now KYRGYZSTAN * * *
Kirghiz Steppe
a steppe in Kazakhstan. Also called The Steppes. * * *
Kirghizia
/kir gee"zheuh, -zhee euh, -zee euh/; Russ. /kyirdd gyee"zyi yeuh/, n. a republic in central Asia, S of Kazakhstan and N of Tadzhikistan (Tajikistan). 4,291,000; 76,460 sq. mi. ...
KirghizSoviet Socialist Republic
Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic or Kirgiz Soviet Socialist Republic See Kyrgyzstan. * * *
Kiriath-sepher
▪ ancient city, West Bank also called  Debir , or  Lo-debar , modern  Tall Bayt Mirsham        ancient town of Palestine, located near Hebron in the West Bank. ...
Kiribati
/kear'ee bah"tee, kear"euh bas'/, n. a republic in the central Pacific Ocean, on the equator, comprising 33 islands. 56,000; 263 sq. mi. (681 sq. km). Cap.: Tarawa. Formerly, ...
Kiribati, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag consisting of six wavy horizontal stripes of white and blue beneath a red field bearing a yellow bird and sun. The flag's ...
kirigami
kir·i·ga·mi (kĭr'ĭ-gäʹmē) n. The Japanese art of cutting and folding paper into ornamental objects or designs.   [Japanese : kiri, to cut + kami, paper.] * * *
kirikane
▪ Japanese art       in Japanese art, decorative technique used for Buddhist paintings and wooden statues and for lacquerwork. The technique used for paintings and ...
Kirikkale
Kirikkale [kə rik′ə lā΄] city in central Turkey: pop. 233,000 * * * ▪ Turkey       town, central Turkey, on the Ankara-Kayseri railway near the Kızıl River. ...
Kirilenko
/kyi rddyi lyen"keuh/; Eng. /kir'euh leng"koh/, n. Andrei Pavlovich /un drddyay" pu vlaw"vyich/; Eng. /ahn"dray pav loh"vich/, 1906-90, Soviet government official. * * *
Kirill I
▪ Russian Orthodox patriarch original name  Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyaev  born Nov. 20, 1946, Leningrad [now St. Petersburg]       Russian Orthodox patriarch of ...
Kirin
/kee"rin"/, n. Older Spelling. Jilin. * * * ▪ province, China Introduction Chinese (Wade-Giles)  Chi-lin,  (Pinyin)  Jilin,         sheng (province) of the ...
Kirishima-Yaku National Park
▪ national park, Japan Japanese  Kirishima-yaku Kokuritsu Kōen,         national park in southern Kyushu island, Japan, centring on the Kirishimayama volcanic group, ...
Kirishitan
▪ religion       (from Portuguese cristão, “Christian”), in Japanese history, a Japanese Christian or Japanese Christianity, specifically relating to Roman ...
Kiritimati
Kiritimati [kə ris′məs] island in the central Pacific, in the country of Kiribati: 150 sq mi (388 sq km); pop. 1,900 * * * Ki·riti·mati (kə-rĭsʹməs) or Christ·mas ...
Kiritimati Atoll
▪ island, Kiribati also called  Christmas Atoll         coral island in the Northern Line Islands, part of Kiribati, in the west-central Pacific Ocean. It is the ...
kirk
—kirklike, adj. /kerrk/; Scot. /kirddk/, n. 1. Chiefly Scot. and North Eng. a church. 2. the Kirk, the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), as distinguished from the Church of ...
Kirk
/kerrk/, n. 1. Grayson (Louis), 1903-1997, U.S. educator: president of Columbia University 1953-68. 2. a male given name. * * *
Kirk Douglas
➡ Douglas (II) * * *
Kirk Range
▪ plateau, Malaŵi       plateau in southwestern Malaŵi, extending in a north-south direction and skirting the southwestern shore of Lake Nyasa (Nyasa, Lake) and the ...
Kirk, Alan G(oodrich)
▪ United States naval officer born Oct. 30, 1888, Philadelphia died Oct. 15, 1963, New York City  U.S. naval officer who commanded successful amphibious landings in Sicily ...
Kirk, Grayson
▪ 1998       American academic who as president (1953-68) of Columbia University, New York City, gained national notoriety for using over 1,000 riot police officers to ...
Kirk, Norman Eric
▪ prime minister of New Zealand born Jan. 6, 1923, Waimate, N.Z. died Aug. 31, 1974, Wellington       prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of New Zealand ...
Kirk, Sir John
▪ British official born Dec. 19, 1832, Barry, near Arbroath, Angus, Scot. died Jan. 15, 1922, Sevenoaks, Kent, Eng.  Scottish physician, companion to explorer David ...
Kirkcaldy
/keuhr kawl"dee, -kaw"dee, -kah"-/, n. a city in SE Fife, in E Scotland, on the Firth of Forth. 142,713. * * * ▪ Scotland, United Kingdom  town and seaport, Fife council ...
Kirkcaldy, Sir William
▪ Scottish soldier Kirkcaldy also spelled  Kirkaldy   born c. 1520 died Aug. 3, 1573       Scottish soldier, a leader of Scotland's Protestants in the reign of the ...
Kirkcudbright
/keuhr kooh"bree/, n. a historic county in SW Scotland. Also called Kirkcudbrightshire /keuhr kooh"bree shear', -sheuhr/. * * * ▪ Scotland, United Kingdom       town ...
Kirkcudbrightshire
▪ former county, Scotland, United Kingdom also called  Kirkcudbright  or  East Galloway        historic county, southwestern Scotland. It lies entirely within ...
Kirke
/kerr"kee/, n. Class. Myth. Circe (def. 1). * * *
Kirkenes
/kheerdd"keuh nes'/, n. a seaport in NE Norway held by Germans in World War II. * * *
Kirkintilloch
▪ Scotland, United Kingdom       burgh (town), East Dunbartonshire council area, historic county of Dunbartonshire, west-central Scotland, on the northeastern ...
Kirkland
/kerrk"leuhnd/, n. 1. Jack, 1901-69, U.S. writer and playwright. 2. a town in central Washington. 18,779. * * *
Kirkland Lake
a town in E Ontario, in S Canada: gold-mining center. 12,219. * * * ▪ Ontario, Canada       town, Timiskaming district, eastern Ontario, Canada. It is situated 125 ...
Kirkland, (Joseph) Lane
born March 12, 1922, Camden, S.C., U.S. died Aug. 14, 1999, Washington, D.C. U.S. labour-union leader. He served as an officer in the U.S. merchant marine and joined the ...
Kirkland, Joseph
▪ American author born Jan. 7, 1830, Geneva, N.Y., U.S. died April 29, 1894, Chicago, Ill.  American novelist whose only work, a trilogy of Midwestern pioneer life, ...
Kirkland, Lane
▪ 2000       American labour leader (b. March 12, 1922, Camden, S.C.—d. Aug. 14, 1999, Washington, D.C.), served as president of the American Federation of ...
Kirkland, Samuel
born Dec. 1, 1741, Norwich, Conn. died Feb. 28, 1808, Clinton, N.Y., U.S. American clergyman. He was a Congregational missionary to Indian tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy ...
Kırklareli
▪ Turkey       city, northwestern (European) Turkey. It lies in the foothills of the Yıldız (Istranca) Mountains. Formerly called Kırk Kılıse (“Forty ...
Kirklees
▪ borough, England, United Kingdom       metropolitan borough, metropolitan county of West Yorkshire, historic county of Yorkshire, northern England. The borough takes ...
kirkman
/kerrk"meuhn/; Scot. /kirddk"meuhn/, n., pl. kirkmen. Scot. and North Eng. 1. a member or follower of the Kirk. 2. a churchman. [1300-50; ME; see KIRK, -MAN] * * *
Kirkman, Jacob
▪ British harpsichord maker Kirkman also spelled  Kirchmann, or Kirckmann   born March 4, 1710, Bischweiler, Alsace [now Bischwiller, France] died May 1792, London, ...
Kirkpatrick
/kerrk pa"trik/, n. 1. Jeane (Jordan) /jeen/, born 1926, U.S. diplomat: ambassador to the U.N. 1981-85. 2. Mount, a mountain in Antarctica, near Ross Ice Shelf. ab. 14,855 ft. ...
Kirkpatrick, Clayton
▪ 2005       American journalist (b. Jan. 8, 1915, Waterman, Ill.—d. June 19, 2004, Glen Ellyn, Ill.), had a more than 40-year career in journalism most notable for ...
Kirkpatrick, Jeane
▪ American political scientist née  Jeane Duane Jordan  born Nov. 19, 1926, Duncan, Okla., U.S. died Dec. 7, 2006, Bethesda, Md.       American political scientist ...
Kirkpatrick, Jeane Duane Jordan
▪ 2007       American political scientist and diplomat (b. Nov. 19, 1926, Duncan, Okla.—d. Dec. 7, 2006, Bethesda, Md.), was foreign policy adviser and UN ambassador ...
Kirkpatrick, Ralph
▪ American musician in full  Ralph Leonard Kirkpatrick   born June 10, 1911, Leominster, Mass., U.S. died April 13, 1984, Guilford, Conn.       American musicologist ...
Kirkpatrick,Mount
Kirk·pat·rick (kûrk-pătʹrĭk), Mount A mountain, 4,531.1 m (14,856 ft) high, of Antarctica near the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf. * * *
Kirksville
/kerrks"vil/, n. a city in N Missouri. 17,167. * * * ▪ Missouri, United States       city, seat of Adair county, northeastern Missouri, U.S., about 90 miles (145 km) ...
Kirkuk
/kir koohk"/, n. a city in N Iraq. 167,413. * * * ▪ Iraq  city, northeastern Iraq. The city is 145 miles (233 km) north of Baghdad, the national capital, with which it is ...
Kirkus, Virginia
▪ American critic, editor and author married name  Virgina Kirkus Glick  born Dec. 7, 1893, Meadville, Pa., U.S. died Sept. 10, 1980, Danbury, Conn.       American ...
Kirkwall
/kerrk"wawl', -weuhl/, n. a town on Pomona island, NE of Scotland in the Orkney Islands: administrative center of the Orkney Islands. 4618. * * * Royal burgh and chief town ...
Kirkwood
/kerrk"wood'/, n. a city in E Missouri, near St. Louis. 27,987. * * *
Kirkwood gaps
Interruptions in the distribution of asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter that appear where any of these small bodies' orbital periods would be a simple ...
Kirkwood, James
▪ American actor and author born Aug. 22, 1924, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S. died April 21, 1989, New York, N.Y.       American librettist, actor, author, and playwright ...
Kirkwood, Pat
▪ 2008 Patricia Kirkwood        British actress born Feb. 24, 1921, Pendleton, Lancashire, Eng. died Dec. 25, 2007, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, Eng. was one of the West ...
Kirlian photography
/kear"lee euhn/ a photographic process that supposedly records electrical discharges naturally emanating from living objects, producing an auralike glow surrounding the object on ...
Kirlianphotography
Kir·li·an photography (kîrʹlē-ən) n. The process of photographing an object by exposing film in a dark room to the light that results from electronic and ionic ...
Kirman
/kir mahn", keuhr-/, n. a Persian rug marked by ornate flowing designs and light, muted colors. Also called Kirmanshah /kir mahn'shah", -shaw", keuhr-, kir'mahn shah", -shaw", ...
kirmess
/kerr"mis/, n. kermis. * * *
kirn
kirn1 /kerrn/; Scot. /kirddn/, Scot. and North Eng. v.t., v.i. 1. to churn. n. 2. a churn. Also, kern. [1300-50; ME kirne (n.) < Scand; cf. ON kirnuaskr a churn; c. ...
Kirov
/kear"awf, -of/; Russ. /kyee"rddeuhf/, n. a city in the E Russian Federation in Europe, N of Kazan. 421,000. Formerly, Vyatka. * * * ▪ Russia formerly  (until 1934) Vyatka, ...
Kirov, Sergey (Mironovich)
orig. Sergey Mironovich Kostrikov born March 27, 1886, Urzhum, Vyatka province, Russia died Dec. 1, 1934, Leningrad, Russia, U.S.S.R. Soviet political leader. After joining ...
Kirov, Sergey Mironovich
▪ Russian official original name  Sergey Mironovich Kostrikov   born March 27 [March 15, Old Style], 1886, Urzhum, Vyatka province, Russia died Dec. 1, 1934, Leningrad [now ...
Kirovabad
/ki roh"veuh bad'/; Russ. /kyi rddeuh vu baht"/, n. a city in NW Azerbaijan. 232,000. Formerly, Elisavetpol, Yelizavetpol, Gandzha. * * *
Kirovakan
/ki roh'veuh kahn"/; Russ. /kyi rddeuh vu kahn"/, n. a city in W Armenia, N of Yerevan. 146,000. Formerly, Karaklis. * * *
Kirovograd
/ki roh"veuh grad'/; Russ. /kyi rddeuh vu graht"/, n. a city in S central Ukraine. 237,000. Formerly, Elisavetgrad, Yelizavetgrad, Zinovievsk. * * *
Kirovohrad
Ki·ro·vo·hrad (kĭ-rōʹvə-hrăd', kē-rōʹvō-hräd') or Ki·ro·vo·grad (-grăd', -gräd') A city of central Ukraine south-southeast of Kiev. It is primarily an ...
Kirovsk
▪ Russia formerly  (until 1934) Khibinogorsk        city, Murmansk oblast (region), northwestern Russia, at the edge of the Khibiny Mountains. Until the opening of ...


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