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THE GUTENBERG WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY BY PROJECT GUTENBERG

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KILLESSE

KILLESSE Kil*lesse, n. Etym: [Cf. Coulisse.] (Arch.) (a) A gutter, groove, or channel. (b) A hipped roof. [Prov. Eng.] Parker.

KILLIFISH

KILLIFISH Killi*fish`, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: Any one of several small American cyprinodont fishes of the genus Fundulus and allied genera. They live equally well in fresh and brackish water, or even in the sea. They are usually striped or barred with black. Called also minnow, and brook fish. See Minnow.

KILLIGREW

KILLIGREW Killi*grew, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: The Cornish chough. See under Chough. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

KILLIKINICK

KILLIKINICK Kil`li*ki*nick, n. Defn: See Kinnikinic.

KILLING

KILLING Killing, a. Defn: Literally, that kills; having power to kill; fatal; in a colloquial sense, conquering; captivating; irresistible. -- Killing*ly, adv. Those eyes are made so killing. Pope. Nothing could be more killingly spoken. Milton.

KILLOCK

KILLOCK Killock, n. Etym: [Cf. Scot.killick the flue [fluke] of an anchor. Jamieson.] Defn: A small anchor; also, a kind of anchor formed by a stone inclosed by pieces of wood fastened together. [Written also killick.]

KILLOW

KILLOW Killow, n. Etym: [Prov. E. kollow the smut or grime on the backs of chimneys.] Defn: An earth of a blackish or deep blue color. Woodward.

KILN

KILN Kiln, n. Etym: [OE.kilne, kulne, AS. cyln, cylen; akin to Icel. kylna; prob. from the same source as coal. See Coal.] 1. A large stove or oven; a furnace of brick or stone, or a heated chamber, for the purpose of hardening, burning, or drying anything; as, a kiln for baking or hardening earthen vessels; a kiln for drying grain, meal, lumber, etc.; a kiln for calcining limestone. 2. A furnace for burning bricks; a brickkiln.

KILN-DRY

KILN-DRY Kiln-dry`, v. t. Defn: To dry in a kiln; as, to kiln-dry meal or grain. Mortimer.

KILNHOLE

KILNHOLE Kilnhole`, n. Defn: The mouth or opening of an oven or kiln. Shak.

KILO

KILO Kilo, n.; pl. Kilos. Etym: [F.] Defn: An abbreviation of Kilogram.

KILO

KILO- Kilo-. [F. kilo-. See Kilogram.] Defn: A combining form used to signify thousand in forming the names of units of measurement; as, kilogram, kilometer, kilowatt, etc.

KILOGRAM; KILOGRAMME

KILOGRAM; KILOGRAMME Kilo*gram, Kilo*gramme, n. Etym: [F. kilogramme; pref. kilo- (fr. Gr. chi`lioi a thousand ) + gramme. See 3d Gram.] Defn: A measure of weight, being a thousand grams, equal to 2.2046 pounds avoirdupois (15,432.34 grains). It is equal to the weight of a cubic decimeter of distilled water at the temperature of maximum density, or 39? Fahrenheit.

KILOGRAMMETER; KILOGRAMMETRE

KILOGRAMMETER; KILOGRAMMETRE Kilo*gram*me`ter, Kilo*gram*me`tre, n. (Mech.) Defn: A measure of energy or work done, being the amount expended in raising one kilogram through the height of one meter, in the latitude of Paris.

KILOLITER; KILOLITRE

KILOLITER; KILOLITRE Kilo*li`ter, Kilo*li`tre, n. Etym: [F. kilolitre. See Kilogram, and Liter.] Defn: A measure of capacity equal to a cubic meter, or a thousand liters. It is equivalent to 35.315 cubic feet, and to 220.04 imperial gallons, or 264.18 American gallons of 321 cubic inches.

KILOMETER; KILOMETRE

KILOMETER; KILOMETRE Kilo*me`ter, Kilo*me`tre, n. Etym: [F. kilometre. See Kilogram, and Meter.] Defn: A measure of length, being a thousand meters. It is equal to 3,280.8 feet, or 62137 of a mile.

KILOSTERE

KILOSTERE Kilo*stere`, n. Etym: [F.kilostere. See Kilogram, and Stere.] Defn: A cubic measure containing 1000 cubic meters, and equivalent to 35,315 cubic feet.

KILOVOLT

KILOVOLT Kilo*volt`, n. [Kilo- + volt.] (Elec.) Defn: A unit of electromotive force equal to one thousand volts.

KILOWATT

KILOWATT Kilo*watt, n. Etym: [See Kilogram and Watt.] (Elec.) Defn: One thousand watts.

KILOWATT HOUR

KILOWATT HOUR Kilo*watt` hour. (Elec.) Defn: A unit of work or energy equal to that done by one kilowatt acting for one hour; --approx. = 1.34 horse-power hour.

KILT

KILT Kilt (, Defn: p. p. from Kill. [Obs.] Spenser.

KILT

KILT Kilt, n. Etym: [OGael. cealt clothes, or rather perh. fr. Dan. kilte op to truss, tie up, tuck up.] Defn: A kind of short petticoat, reaching from the waist to the knees, worn in the Highlands of Scotland by men, and in the Lowlands by young boys; a filibeg. [Written also kelt.]

KILT

KILT Kilt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kilted; p. pr. & vb. n. Kilting.] Defn: To tuck up; to truss up, as the clothes. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

KILTED

KILTED Kilted, a. 1. Having on a kilt. 2. Plaited after the manner of kilting. 3. Tucked or fastened up; -- said of petticoats, etc.

KILTER

KILTER Kilter, n. Defn: See Kelter.

KILTING

KILTING Kilting, n. (Dressmaking) Defn: A perpendicular arrangement of flat, single plaits, each plait being folded so as to cover half the breadth of the preceding one.

KIMBO

KIMBO Kimbo, a. Etym: [Cf. Akimbo.] Defn: Crooked; arched; bent. [Written also kimbow.] Dryden.

KIMMERIAN

KIMMERIAN Kim*meri*an, a. Defn: See Cimmerian.

KIMNEL

KIMNEL Kimnel, n. Defn: A tub. See Kemelin. [Obs.] She knew not what a kimnel was Beau. & Fl.

KIMONO

KIMONO Ki*mono, n.; pl. -nos (#). [Jap.] 1. A kind of loose robe or gown tied with a sash, worn as an outer garment by Japanese men and women. 2. A similar gown worn as a dressing gown by women of Western nations.

KIMRY

KIMRY Kimry, n. Defn: See Cymry.

KIN

KIN kin (. Etym: [Of Low German origin; cf. G. -chen, LG. -- ken.] Defn: A diminutive suffix; as, manikin; lambkin.

KIN

KIN Kin, n. (Mus.) Defn: A primitive Chinese instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings. Riemann.

KIN

KIN Kin, n. Etym: [OE. kin, cun, AS. cynn kin, kind, race, people; akin to cennan to beget, D. kunne sex, OS. & OHG. kunni kin, race, Icel. kyn, Goth. kuni, G. & D. kind a child, L. genus kind, race, L. gignere to beget, Gr. jan to beget. Kind, King, Gender kind, Nation.] 1. Relationship, consanguinity, or affinity; connection by birth or marriage; kindred; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent. 2. Relatives; persons of the same family or race. The father, mother, and the kinbeside. Dryden. You are of kin, and so a friend to their persons. Bacon.

KIN

KIN Kin, a. Defn: Of the same nature or kind; kinder. Kin to the king. Shak. -KIN -kin (-kin). [Of Low German origin; cf. G. -chen, LG. -- ken.] Defn: A diminutive suffix; as, manikin; lambkin.

KINAESODIC

KINAESODIC Kin`?*sodic, a. (Physiol.) Defn: Kinesodic.

KINAESTHESIS

KINAESTHESIS Kin`?s*thesis, n. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Physiol.) Defn: The perception attendant upon the movements of the muscles. Bastian.

KINAESTHETIC; KINESTHETIC

KINAESTHETIC; KINESTHETIC Kin`?s*thetic, Kin`es*thetic, a. Defn: Of, pertaining to, or involving, kin?sthesis.

KINATE

KINATE Kinate, n. Etym: [Cf. F. kinate. ] (Chem.) Defn: See Quinate. [Obsolescent]

KINCOB

KINCOB Kincob, n. Defn: India silk brocaded with flowers in silver or gold. -- a. Defn: Of the nature of kincob; brocaded. Thackeray.

KIND

KIND Kind, a. [Compar. Kinder; superl. Kindest.] Etym: [AS. cynde, gecynde, natural, innate, prop. an old p. p. from the root of E. kin. See Kin kindred.] 1. Characteristic of the species; belonging to one's nature; natural; native. [Obs.] Chaucer. It becometh sweeter than it should be, and loseth the kind taste. Holland. 2. Having feelings befitting our common nature; congenial; sympathetic; as, a kind man; a kind heart. Yet was he kind, or if severe in aught, The love he bore to learning was his fault. Goldsmith. 3. Showing tenderness or goodness; disposed to do good and confer happiness; averse to hurting or paining; benevolent; benignant; gracious. He is kind unto the unthankful and to evil. Luke vi 35. O cruel Death, to those you take more kind Than to the wretched mortals left behind. Waller. A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. Garrick. 4. Proceeding from, or characterized by, goodness, gentleness, or benevolence; as, a kind act. Manners so kind, yet stately. Tennyson. 5. Gentle; tractable; easily governed; as, a horse kind in harness. Syn. -- Benevolent; benign; beneficent; bounteous; gracious; propitious; generous; forbearing; indulgent; tender; humane; compassionate; good; lenient; clement; mild; gentle; bland; obliging; friendly; amicable. See Obliging.

KIND

KIND Kind, n. Etym: [OE. kinde, cunde, AS. cynd. See Kind, a.] 1. Nature; natural instinct or disposition. [Obs.] He knew by kind and by no other lore. Chaucer. Some of you, on pure instinct of nature, Are led by kind t'admire your fellow-creature. Dryden. 2. Race; genus; species; generic class; as, in mankind or humankind. Come of so low a kind. Chaucer. Every kind of beasts, and of birds. James iii.7. She follows the law of her kind. Wordsworth. Here to sow the seed of bread, That man and all the kinds be fed. Emerson. 3. Nature; style; character; sort; fashion; manner; variety; description; class; as, there are several kinds of eloquence, of style, and of music; many kinds of government; various kinds of soil, etc. How diversely Love doth his pageants play, And snows his power in variable kinds ! Spenser. There is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. I Cor. xv. 39. Diogenes was asked in a kind of scorn: What was the matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not rich men philosophers Bacon. A kind of, something belonging to the class of; something like to; -- said loosely or slightingly. In kind, in the produce or designated commodity itself, as distinguished from its value in money. Tax on tillage was often levied in kind upon corn. Arbuthnot. Syn. -- Sort; species; class; genus; nature; style; character; breed; set.

KIND

KIND Kind, v. t. Etym: [See Kin.] Defn: To beget. [Obs.] Spenser.

KIND-HEARTED

KIND-HEARTED Kind-heart`ed, a. Defn: Having kindness of nature; sympathetic; characterized by a humane disposition; as, a kind-hearted landlord. To thy self at least kind-hearted prove. Shak.

KIND-HEARTEDNESS

KIND-HEARTEDNESS Kind-heart`ed*ness, n. Defn: The state or quality of being kind-hearted; benevolence.

KINDERGARTEN

KINDERGARTEN Kinder*gar`ten, n. Etym: [G., lit., children's garden; kinder (pl. of kind child, akin to E. kin kindred) + garten garden.] Defn: A school for young children, conducted on the theory that education should be begun by gratifying and cultivating the normal aptitude for exercise, play, observation, imitation, and construction; -- a name given by Friedrich Froebel, a German educator, who introduced this method of training, in rooms opening on a garden.

KINDERGARTNER

KINDERGARTNER Kinder*gart`ner, n. Defn: One who teaches in a kindergarten.

KINDLE

KINDLE Kindle, v. t. & i. Etym: [OE. kindlen, cundlen. See Kind.] Defn: To bring forth young. [Obs.] Shak. The poor beast had but lately kindled. Holland.

KINDLE

KINDLE Kin`dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kindled; p. pr. & vb. n. Kindling.] Etym: [Icel. kyndill candle, torch; prob. fr. L. candela; cf. also Icel. kynda to kindle. Cf. Candle.] 1. To set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle a match, or shavings. His breath kindleth coals. Job xii. 21. 2. Fig.: To inflame, as the passions; to rouse; to provoke; to excite to action; to heat; to fire; to animate; to incite; as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle the flame of love, or love into a flame. So is a contentious man to kindle strife. Prov. xxvi. 21. Nothing remains but that I kindle the boy thither. Shak. Kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam. Milton. Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire. Dryden. Syn. -- Enkindle; light; ignite; inflame; provoke; excite; arouse; stir up.

KINDLE

KINDLE Kindle, v. i. 1. To take fire; to begin to burn with flame; to start as a flame. When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Is. xliii. 2. 2. Fig.: To begin to be excited; to grow warm or animated; to be roused or exasperated. On all occasions where forbearance might be called for, the Briton kindles, and the Christian gives way. I. Taylor.

KINDLER

KINDLER Kindler, n. Defn: One who, or that which, kindles, stirs up, or sets on fire.Kindlers of riot. Gay.

KINDLESS

KINDLESS Kindless, a Defn: Destitute of kindness; unnatural.[Obs.] Kindless villain. Shak.

KINDLINESS

KINDLINESS Kindli*ness, n. 1. Natural inclination; natural course. [Obs.] Milton. 2. The quality or state of being kindly; benignity; benevolence; gentleness; tenderness; as, kindliness of disposition, of treatment, or of words. In kind a father, but not in kindliness. Sackville. 3. Softness; mildness; propitiousness; as, kindliness of weather, or of a season. Fruits and corn are much advanced by temper of the air and kindliness of seasons. Whitlock.

KINDLING

KINDLING Kindling, n. 1. The of causing to burn, or of exciting or inflaming the passions. 2. pl. Defn: Materials, easily lighted, for starting a fire.

KINDLY

KINDLY Kindly, a. [Compar. Kindlier; superl. Kindliest.] Etym: [AS. cyndelic. See Kind, n. ] 1. According to the kind or nature; natural. [R.] The kindly fruits of the earth. Book of Com. Prayer. An herd of bulls whom kindly rage doth sting. Spenser. Whatsoever as the Son of God he may do, it is kindly for Him as the Son of Man to save the sons of men. L. Andrews. 2. Humane; congenial; sympathetic; hence, disposed to do good to; benevolent; gracious; kind; helpful; as, kindly affections, words, acts, etc. The shade by which my life was crossed, . . . Has made me kindly with my kind. Tennyson. 3. Favorable; mild; gentle; auspicious; beneficent. In soft silence shed the kindly shower. Pope. Should e'er a kindlier time ensue. Wordsworth. Note: Nothing ethical was connoted in kindly once: it was simply the adjective of kind. But it is God's ordinance that kind should be kindly, in our modern sense of the word as well; and thus the word has attained this meaning. Trench.

KINDLY

KINDLY Kindly, adv. 1. Naturally; fitly. [Obs.] Chaucer. Examine how kindly the Hebrew manners of speech mix and incorporate with the English language Addison. 2. In a kind manner; congenially; with good will; with a disposition to make others happy, or to oblige. Be kindly affectioned one to another, with brotherly love. Rom. xii. 10.

KINDNESS

KINDNESS Kindness, n. Etym: [From Kind. a.] 1. The state or quality of being kind, in any of its various senses; manifestation of kind feeling or disposition beneficence. I do fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. Shak. Unremembered acts Of kindness and of love. Wordsworth. 2. A kind act; an act of good will; as, to do a great kindness. Syn. -- Good will; benignity; grace; tenderness; compassion; humanity; clemency; mildness; gentleness; goodness; generosity; beneficence; favor.

KINDRED

KINDRED Kindred, n. Etym: [OE. kinrede, kynrede, kunreden (with excrescent d), fr. AS. cunn kin, race + the termination to advise, G. rathen. Cf. Hatred.] 1. Relationship by birth or marriage; consanguinity; affinity; kin. Like her, of equal kindred to the throne. Dryden. 2. Relatives by blood or marriage, more properly the former; relations; persons related to each other. I think there's no man is secure But the queen's kindred. Shak. Syn. -- Kin; kinsfolk; relatives; kinsmen; relations; relationship; affinity.

KINDRED

KINDRED Kindred, a. Defn: Related; congenial; of the like nature or properties; as, kindred souls; kindred skies; kindred propositions. True to the kindred points of heaven and home. Wordsworth.

KINE

KINE Kine, n. pl. Etym: [For older kyen, formed like oxen, fr. AS. c, itself pl. of c cow. See Cow, and cf. Kee, Kie.] Defn: Cows. A herd of fifty or sixty kine. Milton.

KINEMATIC; KINEMATICAL

KINEMATIC; KINEMATICAL Kin`e*matic, Kin`e*matic*al, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to kinematics. Kinematic curves, curves produced by machinery, or a combination of motions, as distinguished from mathematical curves.

KINEMATICS

KINEMATICS Kin`e*matics, n. Etym: [Gr. ( (Physics) Defn: The science which treats of motions considered in themselves, or apart from their causes; the comparison and relation of motions. Note: Kinematics forms properly an introduction to mechanics, as involving the mathematical principles which are to be applied to its data of forces. Nichol.

KINEPOX

KINEPOX Kinepox`, n. (Med.) Defn: See Cowpox. Kine*scope (, n. Defn: See Kinetoscope.

KINESIATRICS

KINESIATRICS Kin`e*si*atrics, n. Etym: [Gr. ( (Med.) Defn: A mode of treating disease by appropriate muscular movements; - - also termed kinesitherapy, kinesipathy, lingism, and the movement cure.

KINESIPATHY

KINESIPATHY Kin`e*sipa*thy, n. Etym: [Gr. (Med.) Defn: See Kinesiatrics.

KINESIPATHY

KINESIPATHY Kin`e*sipa*thy, n. Etym: [Gr. (Med.) Defn: See Kinesiatrics.

KINESITHERAPY

KINESITHERAPY Kin`e*si*thera*py, n. Etym: [Gr. (Med.) Defn: See Kinesiatrics.

KINESODIC

KINESODIC Kin`e*sodic, a. Etym: [Gr. kin?sodigue.] (Physiol.) Defn: Conveying motion; as; kinesodic substance; -- applied esp. to the spinal cord, because it is capable of conveying doth voluntary and reflex motor impulses, without itself being affected by motor impulses applied to it directly.

KINETIC

KINETIC Ki*netic, q. Etym: [Gr. (Physics) Defn: Moving or causing motion; motory; active, as opposed to latent. Kinetic energy. See Energy, n. 4.

KINETICS

KINETICS Ki*netics, n. (Physics) Defn: See Dynamics.

KINETOGENESIS

KINETOGENESIS Ki*ne`to*gene*sis, n. Etym: [Gr. -scope.] Defn: An instrument for producing curves by the combination of circular movements; -- called also kinescope.

KINETOGRAPH

KINETOGRAPH Ki*neto*graph, n. [Gr. movable + -graph.] (Physics) (a) A camera for making chronophotographs. (b) A machine for the projection of chronophotographs upon a screen for the purpose of producing the effect of an animated picture. (c) A combined animated-picture machine and phonograph in which sounds appropriate to the scene are automatically uttered by the latter instrument.

KINETOPHONE

KINETOPHONE Ki*neto*phone, n. [See Kinetic, Phone.] Defn: A machine combining a kinetoscope and a phonograph synchronized so as to reproduce a scene and its accompanying sounds.

KINETOSCOPE

KINETOSCOPE Ki*neto*scope, n. Defn: A machine, for the production of animated pictures, in which a film carrying successive instantaneous views of a moving scene travels uniformly through the field of a magnifying glass. The observer sees each picture, momentarily, through a slit in a revolving disk, and these glimpses, blended by persistence of vision, give the impression of continuous motion.

KING

KING King (, n. Defn: A Chinese musical instrument, consisting of resonant stones or metal plates, arranged according to their tones in a frame of wood, and struck with a hammer.

KING

KING King, n.Etym: [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kining, D. koning, OHG. kining, G. k?nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. koning, OHG. kuning, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. Kin.] 1. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince. Ay, every inch a king. Shak. Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle. Burke. There was a State without king or nobles. R. Choate. But yonder comes the powerful King of Day, Rejoicing in the east Thomson. 2. One who, or that which, holds a supreme position or rank; a chief among competitors; as, a railroad king; a money king; the king of the lobby; the king of beasts. 3. A playing card having the picture of a king; as, the king of diamonds. 4. The chief piece in the game of chess. 5. A crowned man in the game of draughts. 6. pl. Defn: The title of two historical books in the Old Testament. Note: King is often used adjectively, or in combination, to denote pre?minence or superiority in some particular; as, kingbird; king crow; king vulture. Apostolic king.See Apostolic. -- King-at-arms, or King-of-arms, the chief heraldic officer of a country. In England the king-at-arms was formerly of great authority. His business is to direct the heralds, preside at their chapters, and have the jurisdiction of armory. There are three principal kings-at- arms, viz., Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy. The latter (literally north roy or north king) officiates north of the Trent. -- King auk (Zo?l.), the little auk or sea dove. -- King bird of paradise. (Zo?l.), See Bird of paradise. -- King card, in whist, the best unplayed card of each suit; thus, if the ace and king of a suit have been played, the queen is the king card of the suit. -- King Cole , a legendary king of Britain, who is said to have reigned in the third century. -- King conch (Zo?l.), a large and handsome univalve shell (Cassis cameo), found in the West Indies. It is used for making cameos. See Helmet shell, under Helmet. -- King Cotton, a popular personification of the great staple production of the southern United States. -- King crab. (Zo?l.) (a) The limulus or horseshoe crab. See Limulus. (b) The large European spider crab or thornback (Maia sguinado). -- King crow. (Zo?l.) (a) A black drongo shrike (Buchanga atra) of India; -- so called because, while breeding, they attack and drive away hawks, crows, and other large birds. (b) The Dicrurus macrocercus of India, a crested bird with a long, forked tail. Its color is black, with green and blue reflections. Called also devil bird. -- King duck (Zo?l.), a large and handsome eider duck (Somateria spectabilis), inhabiting the arctic regions of both continents. -- King eagle (Zo?l.), an eagle (Aquila heliaca) found in Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is about as large as the golden eagle. Some writers believe it to be the imperial eagle of Rome. -- King hake (Zo?l.), an American hake (Phycis regius), fond in deep water along the Atlantic coast. -- King monkey (Zo?l.), an African monkey(Colobus polycomus), inhabiting Sierra Leone. -- King mullet (Zo?l.), a West Indian red mullet (Upeneus maculatus); -- so called on account of its great beauty. Called also goldfish. -- King of terrors, death. -- King parrakeet (Zo?l.), a handsome Australian parrakeet (Platycercys scapulatus), often kept in a cage. Its prevailing color is bright red, with the back and wings bright green, the rump blue, and tail black. -- King penguin (Zo?l.), any large species of penguin of the genus Aptenodytes; esp., A. longirostris, of the Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Land, and A. Patagonica , of Patagonia. -- King rail (Zo?l.), a small American rail (Rallus elegans), living in fresh-water marshes. The upper parts are fulvous brown, striped with black; the breast is deep cinnamon color. -- King salmon (Zo?l.), the quinnat. See Quinnat. -- King's, or Queen's, counsel (Eng. Law), barristers learned in the law, who have been called within the bar, and selected to be the king's or gueen's counsel. They answer in some measure to the advocates of the revenue (advocati fisci) among the Romans. They can not be employed against the crown without special license. Wharton's Law Dict. -- King's cushion, a temporary seat made by two persons crossing their hands. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. -- The king's English, correct or current language of good speakers; pure English. Shak. -- King's or Queen's, evidence, testimony in favor of the Crown by a witness who confesses his guilt as an accomplice. See under Evidence. [Eng.] -- King's evil, scrofula; -- so called because formerly supposed to be healed by the touch of a king. -- King snake (Zo?l.), a large, nearly black, harmless snake (Ophiobolus getulus) of the Southern United States; -- so called because it kills and eats other kinds of snakes, including even the rattlesnake. -- King's spear (Bot.), the white asphodel (Asphodelus albus). -- King's yellow, a yellow pigment, consisting essentially of sulphide and oxide of arsenic; -- called also yellow orpiment. -- King tody (Zo?l.), a small fly-catching bird (Eurylaimus serilophus) of tropical America. The head is adorned with a large, spreading, fan-shaped crest, which is bright red, edged with black. -- King vulture (Zo?l.), a large species of vulture (Sarcorhamphus papa), ranging from Mexico to Paraguay, The general color is white. The wings and tail are black, and the naked carunculated head and the neck are briliantly colored with scarlet, yellow, orange, and blue. So called because it drives away other vultures while feeding. -- King wood, a wood from Brazil, called also violet wood, beautifully streaked in violet tints, used in turning and small cabinetwork. The tree is probably a species of Dalbergia. See Jacaranda.

KING

KING King, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kinged; p. pr. & vb. n. Kinging). ] Defn: To supply with a king; to make a king of; to raise to royalty. [R.] Shak. Those traitorous captains of Israel who kinged themselves by slaying their masters and reigning in their stead. South.

KING

KING'S BENCH King's Bench. (Law) Defn: Formerly, the highest court of common law in England; -- so called because the king used to sit there in person. It consisted of a chief justice and four puisne, or junior, justices. During the reign of a queen it was called the Queen's Bench. Its jurisdiction was transferred by the judicature acts of 1873 and 1875 to the high court of justice created by that legislation.

KING CHARLES

KING CHARLES SPANIEL King Charles spaniel. (Zo?l.) Defn: A variety of small pet dogs, having, drooping ears, a high, dome-shaped forehead, pug nose, large, prominent eyes, and long, wavy hair. The color is usually black and tan.

KING-POST

KING-POST King-post`, n. (Carp.) Defn: A member of a common form of truss, as a roof truss. It is strictly a tie, intended to prevent the sagging of the tiebeam in the middle. If there are struts, supporting the main rafters, they often bear upon the foot of the king-post. Called also crown-post.

KINGBIRD

KINGBIRD Kingbird, n. (Zo?l.) 1. A small American bird (Tyrannus, or T. Carolinensis), noted for its courage in attacking larger birds, even hawks and eagles, especially when they approach its nest in the breeding season. It is a typical tyrant flycatcher, taking various insects upon the wing. It is dark ash above, and blackish on the bead and tail. The quills and wing coverts are whitish at the edges. It is white beneath, with a white terminal band on the tail. The feathers on the head of the adults show a bright orange basal spot when erected. Called also bee bird, and bee martin. Several Southern and Western species of Tyrannus are also called king birds. 2. The king tody. See under King.

KINGBOLT

KINGBOLT Kingbolt`, n. Defn: A vertical iron bolt, by which the forward axle and wheels of a vehicle or the trucks of a railroad car are connected with the other parts.

KINGCRAFT

KINGCRAFT Kingcraft, n. Defn: The craft of kings; the art of governing as a sovereign; royal policy. Prescott.

KINGCUP

KINGCUP Kingcup`, n. (Bot.) Defn: The common buttercup.

KINGDOM

KINGDOM Kingdom, n. Etym: [AS. cyningd. See 2d King, and -dom.] 1. The rank, quality, state, or attributes of a king; royal authority; sovereign power; rule; dominion; monarchy. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Ps. cxiv. 13. When Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself. 2 Chron. xxi. 4. 2. The territory or country subject to a king or queen; the dominion of a monarch; the sphere in which one is king or has control. Unto the kingdom of perpetual night. Shak. You're welcome, Most learned reverend sir, into our kingdom. Shak. 3. An extensive scientific division distinguished by leading or ruling characteristics; a principal division; a department; as, the mineral kingdom. The animal and vegetable kingdoms. Locke. Animal kingdom. See under Animal. -- Kingdom of God. (a) The universe. (b) That spiritual realm of which God is the acknowledged sovereign. (c) The authority or dominion of God. -- Mineral kingdom. See under Mineral. -- United Kingdom. See under United. -- Vegetable kingdom. See under Vegetable. Syn. -- Realm; empire; dominion; monarchy; sovereignty; domain.

KINGDOMED

KINGDOMED Kingdomed, a. Defn: Having a kingdom or the dignity of a king; like a kingdom. [R.] Twixt his mental and his active parts, Kingdom'd Achilles in commotion rages And batters down himself. Shak.

KINGFISH

KINGFISH Kingfish`, n. (Zo?l.) (a) An American marine food fish of the genus Menticirrus, especially M. saxatilis, or M. nebulosos, of the Atlantic coast; -- called also whiting, surf whiting, and barb. (b) The opah. (c) The common cero; also, the spotted cero. See Cero. (d) The queenfish.

KINGFISHER

KINGFISHER Kingfish`er, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: Any one of numerous species of birds constituting the family Alcedinid?. Most of them feed upon fishes which they capture by diving and seizing then with the beak; others feed only upon reptiles, insects, etc. About one hundred and fifty species are known. They are found in nearly all parts of the world, but are particularly abundant in the East Indies. Note: The belted king-fisher of the United States (Ceryle alcyon) feeds upon fishes. It is slate-blue above, with a white belly and breast, and a broad white ring around the neck. A dark band crosses the breast. The common European species (Alcedo ispida), which is much smaller and brighter colored, is also a fisher. See Alcedo. The wood kingfishers (Halcyones), which inhabit forests, especially in Africa, feed largely upon insects, but also eat reptiles, snails, and small Crustacea, as well as fishes. The giant kingfisher of Australia feeds largely upon lizards and insects. See Laughing jackass, under Laughing.

KINGHOOD

KINGHOOD Kinghood, n. Defn: The state of being a king; the attributes of a king; kingship. Gower.

KINGLESS

KINGLESS Kingless, a. Defn: Having no king. F. Lieber.

KINGLET

KINGLET Kinglet, n. 1. A little king; a weak or insignificant king. Carlyle. 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: Any one of several species of small singing birds of the genus Regulus and family Sylviid?. Note: The golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa), and the rubycrowned kinglet (R. calendula), are the most common American species. The common English kinglet (R. cristatus) is also called golden-crested wren, moonie, and marigold finch. The kinglets are often popularly called wrens, both in America and England.

KINGLIHOOD

KINGLIHOOD Kingli*hood, n. Defn: King-liness. Tennyson.

KINGLINESS

KINGLINESS Kingli*ness, n. Defn: The state or quality of being kingly.

KINGLING

KINGLING Kingling, n. Defn: Same as Kinglet, 1. Churchill.

KINGLY

KINGLY Kingly, a. [Compar. Kinglier; superl. Kingliest.] Defn: Belonging to, suitable to, or becoming, a king; characteristic of, resembling, a king; directed or administered by a king; monarchical; royal; sovereign; regal; august; noble; grand. Kingly magnificence. Sir P. Sidney. A kingly government. Swift. The kingly couch. Shak. The kingliest kings are crowned with thorn. G. Massey. Leave kingly backs to cope with kingly cares. Cowper. Syn. -- Regal; royal; monarchical; imperial; august; sovereign; noble; splendid. -- Kingly, Regal. Kingly is Anglo-Saxon, and refers especially to the character of a king; regal is Latin, and now relates more to his office. The former is chiefly used of dispositions, feelings, and purposes which are kinglike; as, kingly sentiments; kingly condescension; a kingly heart for enterprises. Sir P. Sidney. The latter is oftener applied to external state, pomp, etc.; as, regal state, regal title, etc. This distinction is not observed by our early writers, but is gaining ground.

KINGLY

KINGLY Kingly, adv. Defn: In a kingly or kinglike manner. Shak. Low bowed the rest; he, kingly, did but nod. Pore. Note: Although this citation, one from Paradise Lost, and one from Shakespeare's ll4th Sonnet are given by lexicographers as examples of adverbial use, it is by no means clear that the word is not an adjective in each instance.

KINGSHIP

KINGSHIP Kingship, n. Defn: The state, office, or dignity of a king; royalty. Landor.

KINGSTON METAL

KINGSTON METAL Kingston metal Defn: . An alloy of tin, copper, and mercury, sometimes used for the bearings and packings of machinery. McElrath.

KINGSTON VALVE

KINGSTON VALVE Kingston valve. (Marine Steam Engin.) Defn: A conical valve, opening outward, to close the mouth of a pipe which passes through the side of a vessel below the water line.

KINGSTON; KINGSTONE

KINGSTON; KINGSTONE Kingston, Kingstone`, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: The black angel fish. See Angel fish, under Angel.

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