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KARVEL Karvel, n. [Obs.] Defn: See Carvel, and Caravel.


KARYOKINESIS Kary*o*ki*ne`sis, n. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Biol.) Defn: The indirect division of cells in which, prior to division of the cell protoplasm, complicated changes take place in the nucleus, attended with movement of the nuclear fibrils; -- opposed to karyostenosis. The nucleus becomes enlarged and convoluted, and finally the threads are separated into two groups which ultimately become disconnected and constitute the daughter nuclei. Called also mitosis. See Cell development, under Cell.


KARYOKINETIC Kar`y*o*ki*netic, a. (Biol.) Defn: Of or pertaining to karyokinesis; as, karyokinetic changes of cell division.


KARYOMITON Kar`y*omi*ton, n. Etym: [NL., Gr. ( (Biol.) Defn: The reticular network of fine fibers, of which the nucleus of a cell is in part composed; -- in opposition to kytomiton, or the network in the body of the cell. W. Flemming.


KARYOPLASMA Kar`y*o*plasma, n. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. a num + (Biol.) Defn: The protoplasmic substance of the nucleus of a cell: nucleoplasm; -- in opposition to kytoplasma, the protoplasm of the cell.


KARYOSTENOSIS Kar`y*o*ste*nosis, n. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Biol.) Defn: Direct cell division (in which there is first a simple division of the nucleus, without any changes in its structure, followed by division of the protoplasm of the karyostenotic mode of nuclear division.


KARYOSTENOTIC Kar`y*o*ste*notic, a. (Biol.) Defn: Pertaining to, or connected with, karyostenosis; as, the karyostenotic mode of nuclear division.


KASACK Ka*sack, n. (Ethnol.) Defn: Same as Cossack.


KAT Kat, n. (Bot.) Defn: An Arabian shrub Catha edulis) the leaves of which are used as tea by the Arabs.


KATABOLIC Kat`a*bolic, a. (Physiol.) Defn: Of or pertaining to katabolism; as, katabolic processes, which give rise to substances (katastates) of decreasing complexity and increasing stability.


KATABOLISM Ka*tabo*lism, n. Etym: [Gr. (Physiol.) Defn: Destructive or downward metabolism; regressive metamorphism; -- opposed to anabolism. See Disassimilation.


KATASTATE Kata*state, n. Etym: [Gr. ( Defn: (Physiol.) A substance formed by a katabolic process; -- opposed to anastate. See Katabolic.


KATE Kate, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: The brambling finch.


KATHETAL Kathe*tal, a. Etym: [Gr. Cathetus.] (Math.) Defn: Making a right angle; perpendicular, as two lines or two sides of a triangle, which include a right angle.


KATHETOMETER Kath`e*tome*ter, n. Defn: Same as Cathetometer.


KATTIMUNDOO Kat`ti*mundoo, n. Defn: A caoutchouc like substance obtained from the milky juice of the East Indian Euphorbia Kattimundoo. It is used as a cement.


KATYDID Katy*did`, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: A large, green, arboreal, orthopterous insect (Cyrtophyllus concavus) of the family Locustid?, common in the United States. The males have stridulating organs at the bases of the front wings. During the summer and autumn, in the evening, the males make a peculiar, loud, shrill sound, resembling the combination Katy-did, whence the name.


KAURI Kau*ri, n. Etym: [Native name.] (Bot.) Defn: A lofty coniferous tree of New Zealand Agathis, or Dammara, australis), furnishing valuable timber and yielding one kind of dammar resin. [Written also kaudi, cowdie, and cowrie.]


KAURI RESIN; KAURI GUM; KAURI COPAL Kauri resin, gum, or copal. Defn: A resinous product of the kauri, found in the form of yellow or brown lumps in the ground where the trees have grown. It is used for making varnish, and as a substitute for amber.


KAVA Kava, n. Etym: [Polynesian.] (Bot.) Defn: A species of Macropiper (M. methysticum), the long pepper, from the root of which an intoxicating beverage is made by the Polynesians, by a process of mastication; also, the beverage itself. [Written also kawa, kava, and ava.]


KAVASS Ka*vass, n.; pl. Kavasses Etym: [Turk. kavvas] Defn: An armed constable; also, a government servant or courier. [Turkey]


KAW Kaw, v. i. & n. Defn: See Caw.


KAWAKA Ka*waka, n. (Bot.) Defn: a New Zealand tree, the Cypress cedar (Libocedrus Doniana), having a valuable, fine-grained, reddish wood.


KAWN Kawn, n. Defn: A inn. [Turkey] See Khan.


KAYAK Kayak, n. (Naut.) Defn: A light canoe, made of skins stretched over a frame, and usually capable of carrying but one person, who sits amidships and uses a double-bladed paddle. It is peculiar to the Eskimos and other Arctic tribes.


KAYAKER Kayak*er, n. Defn: One who uses a kayak.


KAYKO Kayko, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: The dog salmon.


KAYLES Kayles, n. pl. Etym: [Akin to Dan. kegle, Sw. kegla, D. & G. kegel,


KAYNARD Kaynard, n. Etym: [F. cagnard.] Defn: A lazy or cowardly person; a rascal. [Obs.] Chaucer.


KAZOO Ka*zoo, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] Defn: A kind of toy or rude musical instrument, as a tube inside of which is a stretched string made to vibrate by singing or humming into the tube.


KEA Kea (kaa; colloq. kea), n. [Maori.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A large New Zealand parrot (Nestor notabilis), notorious for having acquired the habit of killing sheep; -- called also mountain parrot.


KECK Keck, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kecked; p. pr. & vb. n. Kecking.] Etym: [Cf. dial. G. k?cken, k?ken.] Defn: To heave or to retch, as in an effort to vomit. [R.] Swift.


KECK Keck, n. Defn: An effort to vomit; queasiness. [R.]


KECKLE Keckle, v. i. & n. Defn: See Keck, v. i. & n.


KECKLE Keckle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Keckled; p. pr. & vb. n. Keckling.] (Naut.) Defn: To wind old rope around, as a cable, to preserve its surface from being fretted, or to wind iron chains around, to defend from the friction of a rocky bottom, or from the ice. Totten.


KECKLING Keckling, n. Defn: Old rope or iron chains wound around a cable. See Keckle, v. t.


KECKLISH Kecklish, a. Etym: [From keck, keckle.] Defn: Inclined to vomit; squeamish. [R.] Holland.


KECKSY Kecksy, n.; pl. Kecksies (-s?z). Etym: [Properly pl. of kex. See Kex.] (Bot.) Defn: The hollow stalk of an umbelliferous plant, such as the cow parsnip or the hemlock. [Written also kex, and in pl., kecks, kaxes.] Nothing teems But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs. Shak.


KECKY Kecky, a. Defn: Resembling a kecksy. Grew.


KEDDAH Keddah, n. [Malay kedah, fr. Ar. qadah hole.] Defn: An inclosure constructed to entrap wild elephants; an elephant trap. [India]


KEDGE Kedge, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kedged; p. pr. & vb. n. Kedging.] Etym: [Cf. dial. Sw. keka to tug, to drag one's self slowly forward; or perh. fr. ked, and kedge, n., for ked anchor, named from the ked or cask fastened to the anchor to show where it lies.] (Naut.) Defn: To move (a vessel) by carrying out a kedge in a boat, dropping it overboard, and hauling the vessel up to it.


KEDGE Kedge, n. Etym: [See Kedge, v. t.] (Naut.) Defn: A small anchor used whenever a large one can be dispensed witch. See Kedge, v. t., and Anchor, n.


KEDGER Kedger n. (Naut.) Defn: A small anchor; a kedge.


KEDLOCK Kedlock, n. Etym: [Cf. dial. G.k?ddik, k?dik, kettich, keek, Dan. kidike, E. charlock, and AS. cedelc the herb mercury.] (Bot.) Defn: See Charlock.


KEE Kee, n. pl. of Cow. Etym: [AS. c, pl. of c cow. See Kine.] Defn: See Kie, Ky, and Kine. [Prov. Eng.] Gay.


KEECH Keech, n. Etym: [Cf. Prov. E. keech a cake.] Defn: A mass or lump of fat rolled up by the butcher. [Obs.] Shak.


KEEL Keel, v. t. & i. Etym: [AS. c to cool, fr. c cool. See Cool.] Defn: To cool; to akin or stir [Obs.] While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. Shak.


KEEL Keel, n. Defn: A brewer's cooling vat; a keelfat.


KEEL Keel, n. Etym: [Cf. AS. ce?l ship; akin to D. & G. kiel keel, OHG. chiol ship, Icel. kj, and perh. to Gr. gla ball, round water vessel. But the meaning of the English word seems to come from Icel. kj?lr keel, akin to Sw. k?l, Dan. kj?l.] 1. (Shipbuilding) Defn: A longitudinal timber, or series of timbers scarfed together, extending from stem to stern along the bottom of a vessel. It is the principal timber of the vessel, and, by means of the ribs attached on each side, supports the vessel's frame. In an iron vessel, a combination of plates supplies the place of the keel of a wooden ship. See Illust. of Keelson. 2. Fig.: The whole ship. 3. A barge or lighter, used on the Type for carrying coal from Newcastle; also, a barge load of coal, twentyone tons, four cwt. [Eng.] 4. (Bot.) Defn: The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and inclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina. See Carina. 5. (Nat. Hist.) Defn: A projecting ridge along the middle of a flat or curved surface. Bilge keel (Naut.), a keel peculiar to ironclad vessels, extending only a portion of the length of the vessel under the bilges. Ham. Nav. Encyc. -- False keel. See under False. -- Keel boat. (a) A covered freight boat, with a keel, but no sails, used on Western rivers. [U. S.] (b) A low, flat-bottomed freight boat. See Keel, n., 3. -- Keel piece, one of the timbers or sections of which a keel is composed. On even keel, in a level or horizontal position, so that the draught of water at the stern and the bow is the same. Ham. Nav. Encyc.


KEEL Keel, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Keeled; p. pr. & vb. n. Keeling.] 1. To traverse with a keel; to navigate. 2. To turn up the keel; to show the bottom. To keel over, to upset; to capsize. [Colloq.]


KEELAGE Keelage, n. Etym: [Cf. F. guillage, fr. guille keel; of German or Scand origin. See 3d Keel.] Defn: The right of demanding a duty or toll for a ship entering a port; also, the duty or toll. Bouvier. Wharton.


KEELED Keeled, a. 1. (Bot.) Defn: Keel-shaped; having a longitudinal prominence on the back; as, a keeled leaf. 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: Having a median ridge; carinate; as, a keeled scale.


KEELER Keeler, n. Etym: [See 3d Keel.] 1. One employed in managing a Newcastle keel; -- called also keelman. 2. A small or shallow tub; esp., one used for holding materials for calking ships, or one used for washing dishes, etc.


KEELFAT Keelfat`, n. Etym: [Keel to cool + fat a large tub, a vat.] (Brewing) Defn: A cooler; a vat for cooling wort, etc. [Written also keelvat.] Johnson.


KEELHAUL Keelhaul`, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Keelhauled; p. pr. & vb. n. Keelhauling.] Etym: [3d keel + haul: cf. LG. & D. kielhalen, G. kielholen. ] [Written also keelhale.] (Naut.) Defn: To haul under the keel of a ship, by ropes attached to the yardarms on each side. It was formerly practiced as a punishment in the Dutch and English navies. Totten.


KEELING Keeling, n. Etym: [Cf. Icel. keila, Sw. kolja, Dan. kulle.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A cod.


KEELIVINE Keeli*vine, n. Etym: [Cf. Gael. cil ruddle.] Defn: A pencil of black or red lead; -- called also keelyvine pen. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.


KEELMAN Keelman, n.; pl. -men (. Defn: See Keeler, 1.


KEELRAKE Keelrake`, v. t. (Naut.) Defn: Same as Keelhaul.


KEELS Keels, n. pl. Defn: Ninepins. See Kayles.


KEELSON Keelson, n. Etym: [Akin to Sw. k?lsvin, Dan. kj?lsviin, G. kielschwein; apparently compounded of the words keel and swine; but cf. Norweg. kj?lsvill, where svill is akin to E. sill, n. ] (Shipbuilding) Defn: A piece of timber in a ship laid on the middle of the floor timbers over the keel, and binding the floor timbers to the keel; in iron vessels, a structure of plates, situated like the keelson of a timber ship. Cross keelson, a similar structure lying athwart the main keelson, to support the engines and boilers.


KEELVAT Keelvat`, n. Defn: See Keelfat.


KEEN Keen, a. [Compar. Keener; superl. Keenest.] Etym: [OE. kene sharp, bold, AS.c bold; akin to D. koen, OHG. kuoni, G. k?hn, OSw. kyn, k?n, Icel. k?nn, for koenn wise; perh. akin to E. ken, can to be able. 1. Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge. A bow he bare and arwes [arrows] bright and kene. Chaucer. That my keen knife see not the wound it makes. Shak. 2. Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features. To make our wits more keen. Shak. Before the keen inquiry of her thought. Cowper. 3. Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm. Good father cardinal, cry thou amen To my keen curses. Shak. 4. Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc, ; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen. Breasts the keen air, and carols as he goes. Goldsmith. 5. Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite. Of full kene will. Piers Plowman. So keen and greedy to confound a man. Shak. Note: Keen is often used in the composition of words, most of which are of obvious signification; as, keen-edged, keen-eyed, keen- sighted, keen-witted, etc. Syn. -- Prompt; eager; ardent; sharp; acute; cutting; penetrating; biting; severe; sarcastic; satirical; piercing; shrewd.


KEEN Keen, v. t. Defn: To sharpen; to make cold. [R.] Cold winter keens the brightening flood. Thomson.


KEEN Keen, n. Etym: [Ir. caoine.] Defn: A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach. [Ireland] Froude.


KEEN Keen, v. i. Defn: To wail as a keener does. [Ireland]


KEENER Keener, n. Defn: A professional mourner who wails at a funeral. [Ireland]


KEENLY Keenly, adv. Defn: In a keen manner.


KEENNESS Keenness, n. Defn: The quality or state of being keen.


KEEP Keep, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kept; p. pr. & vb. n. Keeping.] Etym: [OE. k, AS.c to keep, regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover, OE. copnien to desire.] 1. To care; to desire. [Obs.] I kepe not of armes for to yelp [boast]. Chaucer. 2. To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to lose; to retain; to detain. If we lose the field, We can not keep the town. Shak. That I may know what keeps me here with you. Dryden. If we would weigh and keep in our minds what we are considering, that would instruct us. Locke. 3. To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor. His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal. Milton. Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on. Addison. Note: In this sense it is often used with prepositions and adverbs, as to keep away, to keep down, to keep from, to keep in, out, or off, etc. To keep off impertinence and solicitation from his superior. Addison. 4. To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of. The crown of Stephanus, first king of Hungary, was always kept in the castle of Vicegrade. Knolles. 5. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard. Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee. Gen. xxviii. 15. 6. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret. Great are thy virtues . . . though kept from man. Milton. 7. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend. And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it. Gen. ii. 15. In her girlish age, she kept sheep on the moor. Carew. 8. To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc. ; also, to enter (as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book. 9. To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store. Like a pedant that keeps a school. Shak. Every one of them kept house by himself. Hayward. 10. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders. 11. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc. I keep but three men and a boy. Shak. 12. To have habitually in stock for sale. 13. To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession. Both day and night did we keep company. Shak. Within this portal as I kept my watch. Smollett. 14. To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to neglect; to be faithful to. I have kept the faith. 2 Tim. iv. 7. Him whom to love is to obey, and keep His great command. Milton. 15. To confine one's self to; not to quit; to remain in; as, to keep one's house, room, bed, etc. ; hence, to haunt; to frequent. Shak. 'Tis hallowed ground; Fairies, and fawns, and satyrs do it keep. J. Fletcher. 16. To observe duty, as a festival, etc. ; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast. I went with them to the house of God . . . with a multitude that kept holyday. Ps. xlii. 4. To keep at arm's length. See under Arm, n. -- To keep back. (a) To reserve; to withhold. I will keep nothing back from you. Jer. xlii. 4. (b) To restrain; to hold back. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins. Ps. xix. 13. -- To keep company with. (a) To frequent the society of; to associate with; as, let youth keep company with the wise and good. (b) To accompany; to go with; as, to keep company with one on a voyage; also, to pay court to, or accept attentions from, with a view to marriage. [Colloq.] -- To keep counsel. See under Counsel, n. -- To keep down. (a) To hold in subjection; to restrain; to hinder. (b) (Fine Arts) To subdue in tint or tone, as a portion of a picture, so that the spectator's attention may not be diverted from the more important parts of the work. -- To keep good (or bad) hours, to be customarily early (or late) in returning home or in retiring to rest. -- To keep house. (a) To occupy a separate house or establishment, as with one's family, as distinguished from boarding; to manage domestic affairs. (b) (Eng. Bankrupt Law) To seclude one's self in one's house in order to evade the demands of creditors. -- To keep one's hand in, to keep in practice. -- To keep open house, to be hospitable. -- To keep the peace (Law), to avoid or to prevent a breach of the peace. -- To keep school, to govern, manage and instruct or teach a school, as a preceptor. -- To keep a stiff upper lip, to keep up one's courage. [Slang] -- To keep term. (a) (Eng. Universities) To reside during a term. (b) (Inns of Court) To eat a sufficient number of dinners in hall to make the term count for the purpose of being called to the bar. [Eng.] Mozley & W. -- To keep touch. See under Touch, n. -- To keep under, to hold in subjection; hence, to oppress. -- To keep up. (a) To maintain; to prevent from falling or diminution; as, to keep up the price of goods; to keep up one's credit. (b) To maintain; to continue; to prevent from ceasing. In joy, that which keeps up the action is the desire to continue it. Locke. Syn. -- To retain; detain; reserve; preserve; hold; restrain; maintain; sustain; support; withhold. -- To Keep. Retain, Preserve. Keep is the generic term, and is often used where retain or preserve would too much restrict the meaning; as, to keep silence, etc. Retain denotes that we keep or hold things, as against influences which might deprive us of them, or reasons which might lead us to give them up; as, to retain vivacity in old age; to retain counsel in a lawsuit; to retain one's servant after a reverse of fortune. Preserve denotes that we keep a thing against agencies which might lead to its being destroyed or broken in upon; as, to preserve one's health; to preserve appearances.


KEEP Keep, v. i. 1. To remain in any position or state; to continue; to abide; to stay; as, to keep at a distance; to keep aloft; to keep near; to keep in the house; to keep before or behind; to keep in favor; to keep out of company, or out reach. 2. To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired. If the malt be not thoroughly dried, the ale it makes will not keep. Mortimer. 3. To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell. [Now disused except locally or colloquially.] Knock at his study, where, they say, he keeps. Shak. 4. To take care; to be solicitous; to watch. [Obs.] Keep that the lusts choke not the word of God that is in us. Tyndale. 5. To be in session; as, school keeps to-day. [Colloq.] To keep from, to abstain or refrain from. -- To keep in with, to keep on good terms with; as, to keep in with an opponent. -- To keep on, to go forward; to proceed; to continue to advance. -- To keep to, to adhere strictly to; not to neglect or deviate from; as, to keep to old customs; to keep to a rule; to keep to one's word or promise. -- To keep up, to remain unsubdued; also, not to be confined to one's bed.


KEEP Keep, n. 1. The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge. Chaucer. Pan, thou god of shepherds all, Which of our tender lambkins takest keep. Spenser. 2. The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep. 3. The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse. Grass equal to the keep of seven cows. Carlyle. I performed some services to the college in return for my keep. T. Hughes. 4. That which keeps or protects; a stronghold; a fortress; a castle; specifically, the strongest and securest part of a castle, often used as a place of residence by the lord of the castle, especially during a siege; the donjon. See Illust. of Castle. The prison strong, Within whose keep the captive knights were laid. Dryden. The lower chambers of those gloomy keeps. Hallam. I think . . . the keep, or principal part of a castle, was so called because the lord and his domestic circle kept, abode, or lived there. M. A. Lower. 5. That which is kept in charge; a charge. [Obs.] Often he used of his keep A sacrifice to bring. Spenser. 6. (Mach.) Defn: A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place. To take keep, to take care; to heed. [Obs.] Chaucer.


KEEPER Keeper, n. 1. One who, or that which, keeps; one who, or that which, holds or has possession of anything. 2. One who retains in custody; one who has the care of a prison and the charge of prisoners. 3. One who has the care, custody, or superintendence of anything; as, the keeper of a park, a pound, of sheep, of a gate, etc. ; the keeper of attached property; hence, one who saves from harm; a defender; a preserver. The Lord is thy keeper. Ps. cxxi. 6. 4. One who remains or keeps in a place or position. Discreet; chaste; keepers at home. Titus ii. 5. 5. A ring, strap, clamp, or any device for holding an object in place; as: (a) The box on a door jamb into which the bolt of a lock protrudes, when shot. (b) A ring serving to keep another ring on the finger. (c) A loop near the buckle of a strap to receive the end of the strap. 6. A fruit that keeps well; as, the Roxbury Russet is a good keeper. Downing. Keeper of the forest (O. Eng. Law), an officer who had the principal government of all things relating to the forest. -- Keeper of the great seal, a high officer of state, who has custody of the great seal. The office is now united with that of lord chancellor. [Eng.] -- Keeper of the King's conscience, the lord chancellor; -- a name given when the chancellor was an ecclesiastic. [Eng.] -- Keeper of the privy seal (styled also lord privy seal), a high officer of state, through whose hands pass all charters, pardons, etc., before they come to the great seal. He is a privy councillor, and was formerly called clerk of the privy seal. [Eng.] - - Keeper of a magnet, a piece of iron which connects the two poles, for the purpose of keeping the magnetic power undiminished; an armature.


KEEPERSHIP Keeper*ship, n. Defn: The office or position of a keeper. Carew.


KEEPING Keeping, n. 1. A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation. His happiness is in his own keeping. South. 2. Maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good keeping. The work of many hands, which earns my keeping. Milton. 3. Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in keeping with each other. 4. (Paint.) Defn: Harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art; as, the foreground of this painting is not in keeping. Keeping room, a family sitting room. [New Eng. & Prov. Eng.] Syn. -- Care; guardianship; custody; possession.


KEEPSAKE Keepsake`, n. Defn: Anything kept, or given to be kept, for the sake of the giver; a token of friendship.


KEESH Keesh, n. Defn: See Kish.


KEEVE Keeve, n. Etym: [AS. c, fr. L. cupa a tub, cask; also, F. cuve. Cf. Kive, Coop.] 1. (Brewing) Defn: A vat or tub in which the mash is made; a mash tub. Ure. 2. (Bleaching) Defn: A bleaching vat; a kier. 3. (Mining) Defn: A large vat used in dressing ores.


KEEVE Keeve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Keeved; p. pr. & vb. n. Keeving.] 1. To set in a keeve, or tub, for fermentation. 2. To heave; to tilt, as a cart. [Prov. Eng.]


KEEVER Keever, n. Defn: See Keeve, n.


KEFFE-KIL Keffe-kil, n. (Min.) Defn: See Kiefekil.


KEFIR Kefir, n. Defn: An effervescent liquor like kumiss, made from fermented milk, used as a food and as a medicine in the northern Caucasus. -- Ke*firic (#), a.


KEFIR GRAINS Kefir grains. Defn: Small hard yellowish aggregations found in the Caucasus region, and containing various yeasts and bacteria. They are used as a ferment in preparing kefir.


KEG Keg, n. Etym: [Earlier cag, Icel. kaggi; akin to Sw. kagge.] Defn: A small cask or barrel.


KEILHAUITE Keilhauite, n. (Min.) Defn: A mineral of a brownish black color, related to titanite in form. It consists chiefly of silica, titanium dioxide, lime, and yttria.


KEIR Keir, n. Defn: See Kier.


KEITLOA Keit*loa, n. Etym: [Native name.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A black, two-horned, African rhinoceros (Atelodus keitloa). It has the posterior horn about as long as the anterior one, or even longer.


KELD Keld, a. Etym: [Cf. Cavl.] Defn: Having a kell or covering; webbed. [Obs.] Drayton.


KELE Kele, v. t. Etym: [See Keel to cool.] Defn: To cool. [Obs.] Chaucer.


KELL Kell, n. Defn: A kiln. [Obs.]


KELL Kell, n. Etym: [A modification of kale.] Defn: A sort of pottage; kale. See Kale, 2. Ainsworth.


KELL Kell, n. Etym: [Cf. Caul.] 1. The caul; that which covers or envelops as a caul; a net; a fold; a film. [Obs.] I'll have him cut to the kell. Beau. & Fl. 2. The cocoon or chrysalis of an insect. B. Jonson.


KELOID Keloid, a. Etym: [Gr. -oid.] (Med.) Defn: Applied to a variety of tumor forming hard, flat, irregular excrescences upon the skin. -- n. Defn: A keloid tumor.


KELOTOMY Ke*loto*my, n. (Med.) Defn: See Celotomy.


KELP Kelp, n. Etym: [Formerly kilpe; of unknown origin.] 1. The calcined ashes of seaweed, -- formerly much used in the manufacture of glass, now used in the manufacture of iodine. 2. (Bot.) Defn: Any large blackish seaweed. Note: Laminaria is the common kelp of Great Britain; Macrocystis pyrifera and Nereocystis Lutkeana are the great kelps of the Pacific Ocean. Kelp crab (Zo?l.), a California spider crab (Epialtus productus), found among seaweeds, which it resembles in color. -- Kelp salmon (Zo?l.), a serranoid food fish (Serranus clathratus) of California. See Cabrilla.


KELPFISH Kelpfish`, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: A small California food fish (Heterostichus rostratus), living among kelp. The name is also applied to species of the genus Platyglossus.


KELPIE; KELPY Kelpie, Kelpy, n.; pl. Kelpies. Etym: [Cf. Gael. cailpeach, calpach, colpach, a heifer, steer, colt, colpa a cow or horse.] (Scotch Myth.) Defn: An imaginary spirit of the waters, horselike in form, vulgarly believed to warn, by preternatural noises and lights, those who are to be drowned. Jamieson.


KELPWARE Kelpware`, n. Defn: Same as Kelp, 2.


KELSON Kelson, n. Defn: See Keelson. Sir W. Raleigh.


KELT Kelt, n. Defn: See Kilt, n. Jamieson.

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