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Meaning of KEN

Pronunciation:  ken

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the range of vision; "out of sight of land"
  2. [n]  range of what one can know or understand; "beyond my ken"

KEN is a 3 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: cognizance, sight
 See Also: compass, grasp, knowing, range, reach



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ken\, n. [Perh. from kennel.]
    A house; esp., one which is a resort for thieves. [Slang,
  2. \Ken\, n. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kenned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Kenning}.] [OE. kennen to teach, make known, know, AS.
    cennan to make known, proclaim, or rather from the related
    Icel. kenna to know; akin to D. & G. kennen to know, Goth.
    kannjan to make known; orig., a causative corresponding to
    AS. cunnan to know, Goth. kunnan. [root]45. See {Can} to be
    able, {Know}.]
    1. To know; to understand; to take cognizance of. [Archaic or
    2. To recognize; to descry; to discern. [Archaic or Scot.]
       ``We ken them from afar.'' --Addison
             'T is he. I ken the manner of his gait. --Shak.
  3. \Ken\, v. i.
    To look around. [Obs.] --Burton.
  4. \Ken\, n.
    Cognizance; view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge.
    ``Beyond his ken.'' --Longfellow.
          Above the reach and ken of a mortal apprehension.
          It was relief to quit the ken And the inquiring looks
          of men.                                  --Trench.
Computing Dictionary

/ken/ 1. ken thompson

2. A flaming user. This was originated by the Software Support group at symbolics because the two greatest flamers in the user community were both named Ken.

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