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/kir pahn"/, n. a small dagger worn by orthodox Sikhs. [1900-05; < Punjabi and Hindi < Skt krpana sword] * * *
/kearsh/, n. a fragrant, colorless, unaged brandy distilled from a fermented mash of cherries, produced esp. in Germany, Switzerland, and Alsace, France. Also called kirschwasser ...
kirschwasser [kirsh′väs΄ər] n. 〚Ger < kirsche, cherry, akin to OE cirse < Gmc * kirissa < L cerasus,CHERRY + wasser,WATER〛 a colorless alcoholic drink distilled from the ...
▪ Turkey also spelled  Kirshehr,         city, central Turkey. It lies along a tributary of the Kızıl River at an elevation of 3,248 feet (990 metres). It may have ...
Kırşehir rug
 handwoven floor covering, usually in a prayer design and made in Kırşehir (Kirshehr), a town between Ankara and Kayseri in central Turkey. The typical Kırşehir prayer rug ...
Kirst, Hans Hellmut
▪ German writer born Dec. 5, 1914, Osterode, Ger. died Feb. 23, 1989, Bremen, W.Ger.       West German novelist who wrote more than 40 popular novels, mainly political ...
Kirstein, Lincoln
▪ American dance patron, writer, and businessman in full  Lincoln Edward Kirstein   born May 4, 1907, Rochester, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 5, 1996, New York, ...
Kirstein, Lincoln (Edward)
born May 4, 1907, Rochester, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 5, 1996, New York, N.Y. U.S. dance authority, impresario, and writer. He graduated from Harvard, where he founded the literary ...
Kirstein, Lincoln Edward
▪ 1997       U.S. arts patron (b. May 4, 1907, Rochester, N.Y.—d. Jan. 5, 1996, New York, N.Y.), was a dance authority and cofounder and general director (1948-89) of ...
Kir·stein (kûrʹstēn'), Lincoln. 1907-1996. American writer, art collector, and impresario who cofounded the School of American Ballet (1934) and the New York City Ballet ...
/kerr"steuhn, kear"/, n. a female given name, Scandinavian form of Christine. * * *
Kirsten, Dorothy
▪ American opera singer born July 6, 1910, Montclair, N.J., U.S. died Nov. 18, 1992, Los Angeles, Calif.       American opera singer, a lyric soprano who, in her ...
Kirszenstein-Szewińska, Irena
▪ Polish athlete née  Irena Kirszenstein  born May 24, 1946, Leningrad [now St. Petersburg], Russia, U.S.S.R.    Polish sprinter who dominated women's athletics for ...
▪ Hindu worship       form of musical worship or group devotion practiced by the Vaiṣṇava sects (followers of the god Vishnu) of Bengal. Kīrtana usually consists of ...
Kīrthar Range
▪ mountain region, Pakistan       hill region in southern Pakistan. It extends southward for about 190 miles (300 km) from the Mūla River in east-central Balochistān ...
Kirtland's warbler
/kerrt"leuhndz/ a wood warbler, Dendroica kirtlandii, breeding only in north-central Michigan and wintering in the Bahamas, bluish gray above, striped with black and pale yellow ...
Kirt·land's warbler (kûrtʹləndz) n. A rare, gray-backed warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii) that nests only in north-central Michigan.   [After Jared PotterKirtland (1793-1877), ...
—kirtled, adj. /kerr"tl/, n. 1. a woman's loose gown, worn in the Middle Ages. 2. Obs. a man's tunic. [bef. 900; ME kirtel, OE cyrtel, appar. equiv. to cyrt(an) to shorten (
/kee"rddyuu nah/, n. a city in N Sweden: important iron-mining center. 29,705. * * * ▪ Sweden       city in the län (county) of Norrbotten, northern Sweden. It is ...
/kee roon"dee/, n. Rundi (def. 2). * * *
/kee"rddoohv/, n. Hebrew. the act or practice of bringing secularized Jews closer to Judaism, esp. Orthodox Judaism, as through seminars, meetings, and religious ...
Kirwan, Richard
▪ Irish chemist born Aug. 1, 1733, Cloughballymore, County Galway, Ire. died June 1, 1812, Dublin       Irish chemist known for his contributions in several areas of ...
▪ Japan       city, Gumma ken (prefecture), central Honshu, Japan. It lies on the edge of the Kantō Plain, northwest of Tokyo. In the 17th century fine Kiryū silks ...
/kee"sahn/, n. (in India) a peasant. [1930-35; < Hindi kisan < Skt krsana one who plows] * * *
/ki zahng"gah nee, kee'sahng gah"-/, n. a city in the N Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the Congo (Zaire) River. 297,829. Formerly, Stanleyville. * * * formerly (until ...
▪ Japan       city, Chiba ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan. It lies on the west coast of the Bōsō Peninsula, about 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Tokyo and on the east ...
/ki sel"yawfsk/; Russ. /kyi syi lyawfsk"/, n. a city in the S Russian Federation in Asia. 122,000. * * *
Kiselyov, Pavel Dmitriyevich
▪ Russian statesman Kiselyov also spelled  Kiselev   born Jan. 19 [Jan. 8, old style], 1788, Moscow died Nov. 26 [Nov. 14, old style], 1872, Paris       Russian ...
▪ Russia also spelled  Kisel'ovsk , or  Kiselevsk        city, Kemerovo oblast (region), central Russia. It developed in the 1930s as an industrial and ...
/kee set"leuh/, n. a pidgin language based on Swahili, formerly used for communication between Europeans and Africans. Also, Kisettla. * * *
Kisfaludy, Károly
▪ Hungarian author born Feb. 6, 1788, Tét, Hung. died Nov. 21, 1830, Pest  Romantic dramatist, the first Hungarian playwright to achieve considerable popular ...
/kish/, n. Metall. 1. a mixture of graphite and slag separated from and floating on the surface of molten pig iron or cast iron as it cools. 2. dross on the surface of molten ...
/kish/, n. an ancient Sumerian and Akkadian city: its site is 8 mi. (13 km) east of the site of Babylon in S Iraq. * * * Ancient Mesopotamian city-state located east of Babylon ...
▪ India also spelled  Kishengarh        city, central Rajasthan (Rājasthān) state, northwestern India. It is situated about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Jaipur ...
Kishangarh painting
▪ Indian art  18th-century school of the Rājasthanī style of Indian painting that arose in the princely state of Kishangarh (central Rājasthān state). The school is ...
/kee"shee/, n. Nobusuke /naw'boo sooh"ke/, born 1896, Japanese statesman: premier 1958-60. * * *
Kishi Nobusuke
▪ prime minister of Japan original name  Satō Nobusuke   born Nov. 13, 1896, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan died Aug. 7, 1987, Tokyo       statesman whose term as prime ...
/kish"euh nef', -nawf'/; Russ. /kyi shi nyawf"/, n. a city in and the capital of Moldavia (Moldova), in the central part. 503,000. Rumanian, Chisinau. * * *
▪ Japan       city, Ōsaka fu (urban prefecture), Honshu, Japan, facing Ōsaka Bay. The city developed around the castle founded by the Wada family in the 14th century. ...
/kish"keuh/, n. 1. Also called stuffed derma. Jewish Cookery. a beef or fowl intestine stuffed with a mixture, as of flour, fat, onion, and seasonings, and roasted. 2. kishkes, ...
Kishon, Ephraim
▪ 2006 Ferenc Hoffmann        Hungarian-born Israeli satirist (b. Aug. 23, 1924, Budapest, Hung.—d. Jan. 29, 2005, Appenzell, Switz.), after surviving the Holocaust ...
▪ Bangladesh       town, east-central Bangladesh. It lies along the Kundāli Khāl River, which is navigable during the rainy monsoon season. Formerly noted for muslin ...
Ki·si (kēʹsēʹ, -shēʹ) See Jixi. * * * ▪ people also spelled  Kissi        group of some 120,000 people inhabiting a belt of hills covered by wooded savannas ...
/kis"keuh dee'/, n. any of several American flycatchers of the genus Pitangus, esp. P. sulphuratus (great kiskadee), ranging from the southwest U.S. to Argentina and noted for ...
Kis·ka Island (kĭsʹkə) An island of southwest Alaska near the western end of the Aleutian Islands. It was held by the Japanese from June 1942 until August 15, 1943. * * *
▪ Hungary  city, Bács-Kiskun megye (county), central Hungary. It is in the region between the Danube (Danube River) and the Tisza (Tisza River) rivers, formerly known as ...
/kis"leuhv, kees lev"/, n. the third month of the Jewish calendar. Cf. Jewish calendar. [ < Heb kislew] * * *
▪ Russia       city, Stavropol kray (territory), southwestern Russia. It lies along the Podkumok River in the Caucasus foothills just southwest of Pyatigorsk. Founded ...
▪ Somalia also spelled  Chisimayu  or  Kismayu , Italian  Chisimaio        seaport, southern Somalia. It lies along the Indian Ocean near the mouth of the Jubba ...
/kiz"mit, -met, kis"-/, n. fate; destiny. Also, kismat /kiz"meuht, kis"-/. [1840-50; < Turk < Pers qismat < Ar qismah division, portion, lot, fate, akin to qasama to divide] * * *
/kis/, v.t. 1. to touch or press with the lips slightly pursed, and then often to part them and to emit a smacking sound, in an expression of affection, love, greeting, ...
/kis/ keep it simple, stupid. * * *       a touch or caress of the lips upon the lips, cheek, hand, or feet of another to signify affection, greeting, reverence, or ...
kiss of death
a fatal or destructive relationship or action: The support of the outlawed group was the kiss of death to the candidate. [1945-50] * * *
kiss of life
kiss of life n. Chiefly Brit. mouth-to-mouth resuscitation * * *
kiss of peace
1. (in certain Christian churches) a ceremonial greeting or embrace given as a token of Christian love and unity. 2. a ceremonial kiss formerly given, esp. at a baptism or ...
KISS principle
(in full Keep it simple, stupid) (esp AmE) (in business) the idea that products and advertising should be as simple as possible in order to be successful. * * *
kiss-and-tell [kis′ən tel′] adj. Informal revealing personal or confidential information, as about a well-known person, gained from the author's close relationship with that ...
/kis"awf', -of'/, n. 1. Slang. an act or instance of dismissing a person or thing: The company is about to give you the kiss-off, so you'd better start looking for another ...
—kissability, kissableness, n. —kissably, adv. /kis"euh beuhl/, adj. inviting kissing through being lovable or physically attractive. [1805-15; KISS + -ABLE] * * *
kissand tell
See kiss-and-tell. * * *
/kis"euhr/, n. 1. a person who kisses. 2. Slang. a. the face. b. the mouth. [1530-40; 1930-35 for def. 2; KISS + -ER1] * * *
▪ Guinea       town and administrative capital of Kissidougou region, southeastern Guinea, West Africa. It is located at the intersection of roads from Faranah, ...
/ki sim"ee/, n. a town in central Florida. 15,487. * * *
Kissimmee River
▪ river, Florida, United States  river in central Florida, U.S., flowing between Lakes Kissimmee (north) and Okeechobee (Okeechobee, Lake) (south). It originally had a ...
Kissimmee River A river of central Florida flowing about 225 km (140 mi) south-southeast through Lake Kissimmee to Lake Okeechobee. * * *
kissing bridge
Canadian (chiefly New Brunswick). a covered bridge. [1775-85] * * *
kissing bug
1. Informal. a. a person much given to kissing. b. an irresistible desire to kiss or be kissed. 2. any of several assassin bugs that attack humans, sometimes inflicting painful ...
kissing cousin
1. See under kissing kin. 2. something closely related or very similar: a textile that is a kissing cousin to nylon. [1935-40] * * *
kissing disease.
See infectious mononucleosis. [1960-65] * * *
kissing gate
Brit. a gate hung in a narrow enclosure having the shape of a U or a V, allowing only one person to pass at a time. * * *
kissing gourami
a whitish labyrinth fish, Helostoma temmincki, found in southeastern Asia, noted for the habit of pressing its fleshy, protrusible lips against those of another: often kept in ...
kissing kin
any more or less distant kin familiar enough to be greeted with a kiss, as a cousin (kissing cousin). * * *
kiss·ing bug (kĭsʹĭng) n. See conenose. * * *
kissing cousin n. 1. A distant relative known well enough to be kissed when greeted. 2. One of two or more things that are closely akin. * * *
kissing disease n. Informal Infectious mononucleosis. * * *
/kis"euhn jeuhr/, n. Henry A(lfred), born 1923, U.S. statesman, born in Germany: secretary of state 1973-77; Nobel peace prize 1973. * * *
Kissinger, Henry A(lfred)
born May 27, 1923, Fürth, Ger. German-born U.S. political scientist and foreign-policy adviser (1969–76). He immigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1938. He taught at ...
Kissinger, Henry A.
▪ United States statesman in full  Henry Alfred Kissinger  born May 27, 1923, Fürth, Ger.    American political scientist, who, as adviser for national security affairs ...
Kissinger,Henry Alfred
Kis·sin·ger (kĭsʹĭn-jər), Henry Alfred. Born 1923. German-born American diplomat who was national security adviser (1969-1975) and U.S. secretary of state (1973-1977) ...
/kis"ing lee/, adv. lightly; gently. [1830-40; KISS + -ING2 + -LY] * * *
kissof death
kiss of death n. Something that is ultimately ruinous, destructive, or fatal: “Divorce was once a political kiss of death” (Ellen Goodman).   [From the kiss by which Judas ...
kissof life
kiss of life n. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. * * *
kissof peace
kiss of peace n. A ceremonial gesture, such as a kiss or handclasp, used as a sign of love and union in some Christian churches during celebration of the Eucharist. * * *
☆ kissy [kis′ē ] adj. Slang 1. inclined to kiss; affectionately demonstrative 2. inviting kissing [kissy lips] * * *
/kis"ee fays'/, n. Slang. affectionate kissing; necking: playing kissy-face. * * *
kist1 /kist/, n. Scot. and North Eng. 1. a coffer; a money chest. 2. any chestlike container; a box, trunk, or basket. 3. a coffin, esp. a stone one; a sarcophagus. [1300-50; ME ...
/kist"neuh/, n. former name of Krishna (def. 2). * * *
/kist"vuyn'/, n. cist2. [1705-15; < Welsh cist faen stone coffin, equiv. to cist coffin (see CIST2) + faen, lenited form of maen stone; see MENHIR] * * *
/kee sooh"mooh/, n. a city in W Kenya. 36,000. * * * ▪ Kenya       town, capital of Nyanza (Nyanza Province) province, Kenya, on the northeastern shore of Lake Victoria ...
/kis"wah/, n. Islam. a decorative veil draped over the walls of the Ka'ba, now made of black brocade embroidered in gold with inscriptions from the Koran. [1590-1600; < Ar] * * ...
/kee'swah hee"lee/, n. Swahili (def. 2). Also, ki-Swahili. * * *
kit1 /kit/, n., v., kitted, kitting. n. 1. a set or collection of tools, supplies, instructional matter, etc., for a specific purpose: a first-aid kit; a sales kit. 2. the case ...
/kit/, n. 1. a male given name, form of Christopher. 2. a female given name, form of Catherine or Katherine. * * * ▪ musical instrument       small fiddle with a muted ...
kit bag
a small bag or knapsack, as for a soldier. Also, kitbag. [1895-1900] * * *
Kit Carson
➡ Carson (III) * * *
kit fox
either of two small gray foxes, Vulpes macrotis and V. velox, found on plains and in open, sandy areas of western North America, commercially valuable for their fur. [1795-1805, ...
Kit Kat Club
an early 18th-century club whose members included Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, William Congreve and Robert Walpole. The club was named after Christopher (Kit) Cat, a cook ...
/kit"kat'/, n. any of a series of half-length portraits of members of the Kit-Cat Club that were painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller between 1702 and 1717, measure almost uniformly 28 ...
Kit-Cat Club
/kit"kat'/ a club of Whig wits, painters, politicians, and men of letters, including Robert Walpole, John Vanbrugh, William Congreve, Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, and Godfrey ...
n [U] a well-known British make of cat food. Compare KitKat. * * *
/kit"kat'/, n. kit-cat. * * *
Kit-Kat Club
/kit"kat'/. See Kit-Cat Club. * * *
▪ Japan       city, northern Ibaraki ken (prefecture), east-central Honshu, Japan, facing the Pacific Ocean. The western part of the city occupies hills that slope ...
▪ Japan  (Japanese: North Kyushu), city, Fukuoka ken (prefecture), Kyushu, Japan, on the Shimonoseki and Tsushima straits. It was created in 1963 by the amalgamation of the ...
Kitabatake Chikafusa
▪ Japanese statesman born , 1293, Japan died May 10, 1354, Anō, Yamato Province, Japan       Japanese warrior, statesman, and author of the influential ...
Kitahara Hakushū
▪ Japanese poet original name  Kitahara Ryūkichi   born Jan. 25, 1885, Fukuoka, Japan died Nov. 2, 1942, Tokyo       Japanese poet who was a major influence in ...
Kitaj, R(onald) B(rooks)
born Oct. 29, 1932, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, U.S. U.S.-born British painter. He studied in New York City, Vienna, Oxford, and London. In the 1960s he was a prominent member of the ...
Kitaj, R.B.
▪ 2008 Ronald Brooks Kitaj        American-born painter born Oct. 29, 1932, Chagrin Falls, Ohio died Oct. 21, 2007, Los Angeles, Calif. mingled the impersonal finish ...
Kitakami Mountains
Mountain range, northeastern Honshu, Japan. It parallels the Pacific coast and extends for about 155 mi (250 km) to the Ojika Peninsula. Its highest peak rises to 6,280 ft ...
▪ mountains, Japan       (Japanese: Kitakami Range), mountain range, in northeastern Honshu, Japan, paralleling the Pacific coast and extending for about 155 mi (250 km) ...
/kee tah"kyooh"shoo/; Eng. /ki tah'kee ooh"shooh/, n. a seaport on N Kyushu, in S Japan: formed in 1963 by the merger of five cities (Kokura, Moji, Tobata, Wakamatsu, and ...
/kit'euhm bil"euh/, n. kitembilla. * * *
▪ Japan       city, northeastern Hokkaido, Japan, facing the Sea of Okhotsk at the confluence of the Tokoro-gawa (Tokoro River) and the Muka-gawa. It occupies 163 sq mi ...
Kitami Mountains
Mountain range, northeastern Hokkaido, Japan. Extending 180 mi (290 km) along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk, its elevations range generally from 2,500 to 3,100 ft (750 to 950 ...
▪ mountains, Japan       (Japanese: Kitami Range), mountain range, northeastern Hokkaido, Japan, extending 180 mi (290 km) along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk. The ...
Kitano, Takeshi
▪ 2004       By 2003 actor-writer-director Takeshi Kitano had established himself as one of Japan's most prominent media personalities. He appeared weekly in up to eight ...
/kee"tah sah"taw/, n. Shibasaburo /shee bah"sah booh"rddaw/, 1852-1931, Japanese bacteriologist. * * *
Kitasato Shibasaburo
▪ Japanese physician and bacteriologist also spelled  Kitazato Shibasaburō  born Jan. 29, 1853, Kitanosato, Higo province [now Kumamoto prefecture], Japan died June 13, ...
▪ sector, Moscow, Russia       rayon (sector) of the city of Moscow, bordering the Kremlin on the east, Staraya and Novaya squares on the west, and the Moskva River on ...
kit bag n. A traveling bag, such as a knapsack. * * *
KitCarson Mountain
Kit Carson Mountain (kĭt) A peak, 4,320.3 m (14,165 ft) high, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of south-central Colorado. * * *
—kitchenless, adj. —kitcheny, adj. /kich"euhn/, n. 1. a room or place equipped for cooking. 2. culinary department; cuisine: This restaurant has a fine Italian kitchen. 3. ...
kitchen cabinet
1. a cupboard built into a kitchen or a chest of drawers for kitchen use, as for dishes and silverware. 2. a group of unofficial advisers on whom a head of government appears to ...
kitchen garden
—kitchen gardener. a garden where vegetables, herbs, and fruit are grown for one's own use. [1570-80] * * *
kitchen match
a wooden friction match with a large head, used esp. for igniting gas ovens or burners. [1950-55] * * *
kitchen midden
a mound consisting of shells of edible mollusks and other refuse, marking the site of a prehistoric human habitation. [1860-65; trans. of Dan kökkenmödding] * * *
kitchen police
Mil. 1. soldiers detailed by roster or as punishment to assist in kitchen duties. 2. duty as assistant to the cooks. Abbr.: K.P. [1915-20] * * *
kitchen sink
the final item imaginable on any extensive list of usually disparate items: He packed everything for his trip except the kitchen sink. [1870-75, for literal sense] * * *
kitchen tea
Australian. a prewedding party to which guests bring an item of kitchenware or other gifts for the bride; shower. Also called shower tea. [1945-50] * * *
/kich"euhn singk"/, adj. marked by an indiscriminate and omnivorous use of elements: a kitchen-sink approach to moviemaking. [1940-45] * * *
kitchen-sink drama
n [C, U] (sometimes disapprov) a type of British play or plays of the 1950s and 1960s which showed the conflicts or unpleasant quality of home life in a realistic way. Typical ...
kitchen cabinet n. A group of unofficial advisers to the head of a government.   [From the story that President Andrew Jackson met with his unofficial cabinet in the White House ...
/kich"euh neuhr/, n. 1. a person employed in, or in charge of, a kitchen. 2. an elaborate kitchen stove. [1400-50; late ME; see KITCHEN, -ER1] * * * City (pop., 2001: 190,399), ...
/kich"euh neuhr/, n. 1. Horatio Herbert (1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and of Broome), 1850-1916, English field marshal and statesman. 2. a city in S Ontario, in SE Canada. ...
Kitchener, H(oratio) H(erbert)
later Earl Kitchener (of Khartoum and of Broome) born June 24, 1850, near Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ire. died June 5, 1916, at sea off Orkney Islands British field marshal and ...
Kitchener, Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl
▪ British field marshal in full  Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and of Broome  also known as  Viscount Broome of Broome, Baron Denton of ...
Kitchener,Horatio Herbert
Kitchener, Horatio Herbert. First Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and of Broome. 1850-1916. British soldier and colonial administrator who led Egyptian troops in the retaking of the ...
/kich'euh net"/, n. a very small, compact kitchen. Also, kitchenet. [1905-10, Amer.; KITCHEN + -ETTE] * * *
kitchen garden n. A garden in which vegetables, fruits, and herbs are grown for household consumption. * * *
/kich"euhn mayd'/, n. a female servant who assists the cook. [1540-50; KITCHEN + MAID] * * *
kitchen midden n. 1. A mound or deposit of kitchen refuse. 2. Archaeology. See midden. * * *
kitchen police n. Abbr. KP 1. Enlisted military personnel assigned to work in a kitchen. 2. Military duty assisting cooks. * * *
/kich"euhn wair'/, n. cooking equipment or utensils. [1925-30; KITCHEN + WARE1] * * *
Kitching, George
▪ 2000       Canadian major general who, as one of the Allies' youngest generals during World War II, led the 4th Canadian Armoured Division in Normandy in 1944; ...
kite1 —kiter, n. —kitelike, adj. /kuyt/, n., v., kited, kiting. n. 1. a light frame covered with some thin material, to be flown in the wind at the end of a long string. 2. ...
kite winder
/wuyn"deuhr/ a triangular winder on a staircase. * * *
—kiteflier, kiteflyer, n. /kuyt"fluy'ing/, n. 1. an act or instance of flying a kite. 2. the sport or hobby of flying kites. Also called kiting. [1795-1805; KITE1 + FLYING] * * ...
n (BrE) an official mark, in the form of a heart shape with an ‘S’ in the centre, which is put on products that are approved by the British Standards Institution. * * *
/kit'euhm bil"euh/, n. a shrub or small tree, Dovyalis hebecarpa, of India and Sri Lanka, having velvety, maroon-purple fruit. Also, kitambilla. Also called Ceylon gooseberry. [ ...
kith and kin
acquaintances and relatives. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
kithand kin
kith and kin (kĭthʹ ən kĭnʹ) pl.n. 1. One's acquaintances and relatives. 2. One's relatives.   [Middle English kith, from Old English cȳth, kinsfolk, neighbors. See ...
/kith"euhr euh/, n. a musical instrument of ancient Greece consisting of an elaborate wooden soundbox having two arms connected by a yoke to which the upper ends of the strings ...
/kuydh/, v.t., v.i., kithed, kithing. Scot. and North Eng. 1. to make known by action; show; demonstrate; prove. 2. Obs. to make known by words; announce; declare; ...
Kí·thi·ra (kēʹthē-rä') See Cythera. * * *
Kitikmeot [ki tik′mē ät΄] region of Nunavut, Canada: formerly part of the Northwest Territories * * * Ki·tik·me·ot (kĭ-tĭkʹmē-ŏt') A district and administrative ...
/kit"euh mat'/, n. a seaport on the coast of W British Columbia, in SW Canada. 12,462. * * * ▪ British Columbia, Canada       district municipality, on the west coast ...
/kuy"ting/, n. 1. kiteflying. 2. See hang gliding. [1860-65; KITE1 + -ING1] * * *
n the most popular chocolate bar sold in Britain, often eaten as a snack (= quick meal). Each one consists of two or four strips of wafer (= layers of thin crisp biscuit) covered ...
/kit"ling/, n. Brit. Dial. the young of any animal, esp. a young cat; kitten; kit. [1250-1300; ME kiteling < ON ketlingr. See CAT1, -LING1] * * *
—kitschy, adj. /kich/, n. something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste. [1925-30; < G, deriv. of kitschen to throw ...
See kitsch. * * *
See kitschify. * * *
Kitt Peak National Observatory
the U.S. national astronomical observatory near Tucson, Arizona, having over fifteen telescopes, including a 158-in. (4-m) reflecting telescope. * * * ▪ observatory, Arizona, ...
Kitt, Eartha
▪ American musician and actress in full  Eartha Mae Kitt   born Jan. 17, 1927, North, S.C., U.S. died Dec. 25, 2008, Connecticut  American singer and dancer noted for her ...
Kitt, Eartha Mae
▪ 2009       American singer and dancer born Jan. 17, 1927, North, S.C. died Dec. 25, 2008, Connecticut was a shapely singer who seduced audiences with her ...
/kit"l/, n. Yiddish. a white robe used by Jews, esp. Orthodox Jews, as a ceremonial garment for men and as a burial shroud for both sexes: worn during worship on Rosh Hashanah ...
—kittenlike, adj. /kit"n/, n. 1. a young cat. v.t., v.i. 2. (of cats) to give birth; bear. [1350-1400; ME kitoun, appar. b. kiteling KITLING and MF chitoun, var. of chaton ...
—kittenishly, adv. —kittenishness, n. /kit"n ish/, adj. 1. coyly playful. 2. like or in the manner of a kitten. [1745-55; KITTEN + -ISH1] * * *
See kittenish. * * *
See kittenishly. * * *
▪ Maine, United States       town, York county, southwestern Maine, U.S., at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, on the Atlantic coast opposite Portsmouth, New ...
/kit"ee/, n. a female given name, form of Katherine or Catherine. * * *
/kee'tee kah chorddn"/, n. Thanom /thah nom"/, born 1911, Thai army officer and statesman: premier 1963-73. * * *
/kit"ee wayk'/, n. either of two small, pearl-gray gulls of the genus Rissa, the black-legged R. tridactyla of the North Atlantic and the red-legged and red-billed R. ...
/kit"l/, v., kittled, kittling, adj., kittler, kittlest. Brit. Dial. v.t. 1. to tickle with the fingers; agitate or stir, as with a spoon. 2. to excite or rouse (a person), esp. ...
/ki"trij/, n. George Lyman, 1860-1941, U.S. literary scholar, philologist, and educator. * * *
Kittredge, George Lyman
▪ American scholar and educator born Feb. 28, 1860, Boston, Mass, U.S. died July 23, 1941, Barnstable, Mass.       American literary scholar and teacher, one of the ...
Kittredge,George Lyman
Kit·tredge (kĭtʹrĭj), George Lyman. 1860-1941. American scholar noted for his expertise on the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare. * * *
kitty1 /kit"ee/, n., pl. kitties. 1. a kitten. 2. a pet name for a cat. [1710-20; KITT(EN) + -Y2] kitty2 /kit"ee/, n., pl. kitties. 1. a pool or reserve of money, often collected ...
/kit"ee/, n. a female given name, form of Katherine or Catherine. * * *
Kitty Hawk
Kitty Hawk 〚< ? Algonquian language〛 village on the Outer Banks of N.C., near where the first controlled & sustained airplane flight was made by Orville & Wilbur Wright in ...
kitty litter
kitty litter n. 〚< Kitty Litter, former trademark〛 LITTER (n. 4) * * *
Kitty Wells
➡ Wells (III) * * *
/kit"ee kawr'neuhrd/, adj., adv. Chiefly Northern and Western U.S. cater-cornered. Also, kitty-corner. [1885-90] * * *
/kit"ee hawk'/, n. a village in NE North Carolina: Wright brothers' airplane flight 1903. * * *
/kee"tway/, n. a city in N Zambia. 350,000. * * * ▪ Zambia       city, northern Zambia, southern Africa. It is the third largest city in Zambia and is the main ...
▪ Austria  town, western Austria, in the Kitzbühel Alps, at the southern foot of the Kitzbüheler Horn (6,548 feet [1,998 metres]). First mentioned in 1165 and chartered in ...
Kitzbühel Alps
▪ mountains, Austria German  Kitzbüheler Alpen,         range of the Eastern Alps in western Austria extending for 40 mi (65 km) between the Ziller (west) and ...
/kyoong"choh", -chow"/; Chin. /gyoong"joh"/, n. Older Spelling. Qiongzhou. * * *
/kyoong"shahn"/; Chin. /gyoong"shahn"/, n. Older Spelling. Qiongshan. * * *
/kee ooh"shooh/; Japn. /kyooh"shoo/, n. Kyushu. * * *
/kee"veuh/, n. a large chamber, often wholly or partly underground, in a Pueblo Indian village, used for religious ceremonies and other purposes. [1870-75, Amer.; < Hopi kíva ...
▪ African music also spelled  Kwela        (Zulu: “to climb”), popular urban dance music of South Africa. Coined by Elkin Sithole in the 1940s to refer to choral ...
/kiv"euhr/, v.t., v.i., n. New England, Midland, and Southern U.S. Dial. cover. * * *
Kivi, Aleksis
▪ Finnish author pseudonym of  Aleksis Stenvall   born Oct. 10, 1834, Nurmijǎrvi, Russian Finland [now in Finland] died Dec. 31, 1872, Tuusula       father of the ...
Kivu [kē′vo͞o΄] Lake lake in EC Africa, on the border of Democratic Republic of the Congo & Rwanda: c. 1,100 sq mi (2,849 sq km) * * *
Kivu, Lake
Lake, central East Africa. Located between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), it occupies 1,040 sq mi (2,700 sq km), is 55 mi (90 km) long and 30 mi (48 ...
Ki·vu (kēʹvo͞o), Lake A lake on the border of Congo (formerly Zaire) and Rwanda north of Lake Tanganyika. It is situated at an altitude of 1,461 m (4,790 ft) and is ...
Ki·wa·ni·an (kĭ-wäʹnē-ən) n. A member of Kiwanis International, a service organization made up of business and professional people, founded in 1915.   [After Kiwanis ...
—Kiwanian, n. /ki wah"nis/, n. an organization founded in 1915 for the promulgation of higher ideals in business, industrial, and professional life. [allegedly < AmerInd: to ...
Kiwanis International
▪ American organization       worldwide community-service organization for men and women that was founded in Detroit, Mich., in 1915. In the late 20th century it had ...
/kee"wee/, n., pl. kiwis. 1. any of several flightless, ratite birds of the genus Apteryx, of New Zealand, allied to the extinct moas. 2. Also called Chinese gooseberry. the ...
kiwi fruit
Edible fruit of the vine Actinidia chinensis (family Actinidiaceae), native to China and Taiwan and grown commercially in New Zealand and California. It became popular in the ...
ki·wi·fruit (kēʹwē-fro͞ot') n. The fruit of the kiwi plant. * * *
/kee yahs"/, n. Islam. qiyas. * * *
/kee"yee/, n. a small whitefish, Coregonus kiyi, found in the deeper waters of the Great Lakes. [1895-1900, Amer.; from the specific epithet, alleged to be a local term for the ...
/kuy yoohd"l/, n. Gulf States. a worthless dog; mongrel. [see KYOODLE] * * *
▪ Russia       city, Perm oblast (region), west-central Russia. It lies on the western slope of the Ural Mountains, along the Kizel River. Founded in 1788, it ...
Kizer, Carolyn
▪ American poet in full  Carolyn Ashley Kizer   born Dec. 10, 1925, Spokane, Wash., U.S.       American poet whose work reflects her involvement in feminist and human ...
Kizhi Island
▪ island, Russia       island in Lake Onega, Karelia republic, northwestern Russia. The island, whose name originates from kizharsuari (“island of games”), was ...
Kizil [ki zil′] river in NC Turkey, flowing into the Black Sea: c. 700 mi (1,127 km): also Kizil Irmak [ir mäk′] or Kizilirmak * * *
Kızıl Adalar
▪ islands, Turkey English  Princes Islands , historically  Demonesi Insulae   group of nine islands (adalar) in the Sea of Marmara a few miles southeast of Istanbul; ...
Kizil Irmak
/ki zil" ear mahk"/ a river flowing N through central Turkey to the Black Sea. 600 mi. (965 km) long. * * *
Kizil Kum
/ki zil" koohm"/. See Kyzyl Kum. * * *
Kızıl River
ancient Halys River River, central and north-central Turkey. The longest river wholly within Turkey and the largest in Anatolia, it rises in north-central Turkey and flows ...
▪ Ṣafavid history Turkish  Kizilbaş        (“Red Head”), any member of the seven Turkmen tribes who wore red caps to signify their support of the founders of ...
Ki·zil Ir·mak (kĭ-zĭlʹ îr-mäkʹ) A river of north-central Turkey flowing about 1,150 km (715 mi) southwest, west, north, and then northeast to the Black Sea. * * *
▪ ancient kingdom, Anatolia also spelled  Kizzuwatna,         Hurrian kingdom of southeastern Anatolia near the Gulf of Iskenderun in present-day Turkey. Kizzuwadna ...
kJ or kj abbr. kilojoule. * * *
Kjeldahl method
▪ chemistry       in analytical chemistry, procedure widely used for estimating the nitrogen content of foodstuffs, fertilizers, and other substances, invented in 1883 ...
Kjellén, Rudolf
▪ Swedish political scientist in full  Johan Rudolf Kjellén   born June 13, 1864, Torsö, Sweden died Nov. 14, 1922, Uppsala       Swedish political scientist and ...
/chue"leuhn/, n. a mountain range between Norway and Sweden. Highest peak, Mt. Kebnekaise, 7005 ft. (2135 m). * * *
Kjus, Lasse
▪ 2000       When Norwegian Alpine skier Lasse Kjus clutched the World Cup crystal globe on March 15, 1999, in Sierra Nevada, Spain, he had done more than simply claim ...
KJV abbrev. King James Version (of the Bible) * * * KJV abbr. King James Version. * * *
KKK abbrev. Ku Klux Klan * * * KKK abbr. Ku Klux Klan. * * * ➡ Ku Klux Klan. * * *
Chess. king's knight. * * *
Chess. king's knight's pawn. * * *
kiloliter; kiloliters. Also, kl. * * *
/klah"beuhr yahs'/, n. a card game played with a 32-card pack, made by removing all cards below the sevens from a regular 52-card pack, in which scoring values are assigned to ...
/klah boont"/, n. (Alfred Henschke) 1890?-1928, German poet, novelist, and playwright. * * * ▪ German writer pseudonym of  Alfred Henschke   born Nov. 4, 1890, Crossen, ...
▪ Czech Republic       mining city, north-central Czech Republic, northwest of Prague. The two original forest villages of Kladno and Buštěhrad developed after 1842 ...
Klafsky, Katharina
▪ Hungarian singer born Sept. 19, 1855, Szent-János, Hung., Austrian Empire died Sept. 22, 1896, Hamburg, Ger.       Hungarian dramatic soprano known for her ...
/klah"geuhn foort'/, n. a city in S Austria. 86,303. * * * ▪ Austria  city, capital of Kärnten Bundesland (federal state), southern Austria. It lies along the Glan River ...
Klages, Ludwig
▪ German psychologist and philosopher born Dec. 10, 1872, Hannover, Ger. died July 29, 1956, Kilchberg, near Zürich, Switz.       German psychologist and philosopher, ...
/kluy"pe dah/; Eng. /kluy"pi deuh/, n. 1. a seaport in NW Lithuania, on the Baltic. 204,000. 2. a former German territory including this seaport: now a part of Lithuania. 1092 ...
Klaj, Johann
▪ German writer Latin  Johannes Clajus   born 1616, Meissen, Saxony [Germany] died Feb. 16, 1656, Kitzingen, near Würzburg, Franconia [Germany]       German poet who ...
/klam"euhth/, n. a river flowing from SW Oregon through NW California into the Pacific. 250 mi. (405 km) long. /klam"euhth/, n., pl. Klamaths, (esp. collectively) Klamath. a ...
Klamath Falls
a city in SW Oregon. 16,661. * * * ▪ Oregon, United States       city, seat (1882) of Klamath county, southern Oregon, U.S. It lies at the southern end of Upper ...
Klamath Lakes
two lakes that drain into the Klamath River: one lake (Upper Klamath Lake) is in SW Oregon, and the other (Lower Klamath Lake) is in N California. * * *
Klamath Mountains
▪ mountains, United States       segment of the Pacific mountain system (q.v.) of western North America. The range extends southward for about 250 miles (400 km) from ...
Klamath River
River, southern Oregon and northwestern California, U.S. Rising in Upper Klamath Lake just above Klamath Falls, Ore. , it flows south and southwest for 250 mi (400 km) through ...
Klamath weed
the St.-John's-wort, Hypericum perforatum. [1920-25, Amer.; named after the KLAMATH River] * * *
Klamath River A river flowing about 423 km (263 mi) generally southwest from Upper Klamath Lake in southwest Oregon through northwest California to the Pacific Ocean. * * *
Klammer, Franz
▪ Austrian skier born Dec. 3, 1953, Mooswald, Austria       Austrian Alpine skier who specialized in the downhill event, winning 25 World Cup downhill races in his ...
—Klanism, n. /klan/, n. 1. See Ku Klux Klan. 2. a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. * * *
▪ Malaysia also spelled  Kelang        city and port, west-central Peninsular (West) Malaysia. It lies on the Kelang River and the 40-mile (64-km) Kuala Lumpur–Port ...
/klanz"meuhn/, n., pl. Klansmen. a member of the Ku Klux Klan. [1900-05, Amer.; KLAN + 's1 + MAN1] * * *
Klapka, György
▪ Hungarian military officer born April 7, 1820, Temesvár, Hung., Austrian Empire [now Timişoara, Rom.] died May 17, 1892, Budapest  soldier and Hungarian nationalist, one ...
/klahp"vi zear'/, n. Armor. a visor attached by a hinge at the top: used on basinets of the 14th century. [ < G: flap visor] * * *
Klaproth, Heinrich Julius
▪ German orientalist born Oct. 11, 1783, Berlin, Prussia [Germany] died Aug. 28, 1835, Paris, France       German Orientalist and explorer whose major work, Asia ...
Klaproth, Martin Heinrich
▪ German chemist born Dec. 1, 1743, Wernigerode, Brandenburg died Jan. 1, 1817, Berlin, Prussia [now in Germany]  German chemist who discovered uranium (1789), zirconium ...
Klarsfeld, Beate and Serge
▪ political activists Beate Klarsfeld née  Kunzel  Respectively,   born Feb. 13, 1939, Berlin, Ger.   born Sept. 17, 1935, Bucharest, Rom.       wife-and-husband ...
▪ anthropological and archaeological site, South Africa       site of paleoanthropological excavations carried out since the late 1960s within a complex of South African ...
Klassen, Cindy
▪ 2007  Few North American athletes had ever compiled as successful a season as Cindy Klassen, the Canadian long-track speed skater, did during 2006. After setting four world ...
klatch or klatsch [kläch, klach] n. 〚Ger klatsch, gossip; of echoic orig.〛 Informal an informal gathering, as for conversation * * * klatch or klatsch (klăch, ...
/klahch, klach/, n. a casual gathering of people, esp. for refreshments and informal conversation: a sewing klatsch. Also, klatch. [1950-55; < G Klatsch chitchat, gossip] * * *
Klaus, Josef
▪ 2002       Austrian politician (b. Aug. 15, 1910, Mauthen, Austria, Austria-Hungary—d. July 26, 2001, Vienna, Austria), as chairman of the centre-right People's ...
Klaus, Karl Karlovich
▪ Russian chemist also called  Carl Ernst Claus   born Jan. 23, 1796, Dorpat, Russia [now Tartu, Estonia] died March 24, 1864, Dorpat       Russian chemist (of German ...
/klow"zeuhn boorddk'/, n. German name of Cluj-Napoca. * * *
/klav"euhrn/, n. 1. a local branch of the Ku Klux Klan. 2. a meeting place of the Ku Klux Klan. [1920-25; KL(AN) + (C)AVERN] * * *
/kleuh vear", klav"ee euhr, klay"vee-/, n. clavier2. * * *
/klak"seuhn/, n. a loud electric horn, formerly used on automobiles, trucks, etc., and now often used as a warning signal. Also, claxon. [1905-10, Amer.; formerly trademark] * * *
▪ Liberia also spelled  Klay, or Clay,         town, western Liberia. It is a traditional trading centre among the Gola people. The B.F. Goodrich Company, Liberia, ...
/klee"geuhl/, n. an official of the Ku Klux Klan. [1920-25, Amer.; KL(AN) + EAGLE] * * *

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