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THE GUTENBERG WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY BY PROJECT GUTENBERG

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KINGTRUSS

KINGTRUSS Kingtruss`. (Carp.) Defn: A truss, framed with a king-post; -- used in roofs, bridges, etc.

KINIC

KINIC Kinic, a. Etym: [Cf. F.kinique.] (Chem.) Defn: See Quinic.

KINIT

KINIT Kinit, n. [Gr. to move.] (Physics) Defn: A unit of force equal to the force which, acting for one second, will give a pound a velocity of one foot per second; -- proposed by J.D.Everett, an English physicist.

KINK

KINK Kink, n. Etym: [D. kink a bend or turn, or Sw. kink.] 1. A twist or loop in a rope or thread, caused by a spontaneous doubling or winding upon itself; a close loop or curl; a doubling in a cord. 2. An unreasonable notion; a crotchet; a whim; a caprice. [Colloq.] Cozzens.

KINK

KINK Kink, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kinked; p. pr. & vb. n. Kinking.] Defn: To wind into a kink; to knot or twist spontaneously upon itself, as a rope or thread.

KINK

KINK Kink, n. Etym: [Cf. Chincough, Kink-haust.] Defn: A fit of coughing; also, a convulsive fit of laughter. [Scot.]

KINKAJOU

KINKAJOU Kinka*jou`, n. Etym: [F. kinkajou, quincajou, from the native American name.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A nocturnal carnivorous mammal (Cercoleptes caudivolvulus) of South America, about as large as a full-grown cat. It has a prehensile tail and lives in trees. It is the only representative of a distinct family (Cercoleptid?) allied to the raccoons. Called also potto, and honey bear.

KINKHAUST

KINKHAUST Kinkhaust`, n. Etym: [Prov. E. kink to gasp (cf. Chin cough) + haust a cough (akin to E. wheeze).] Defn: Whooping cough. [Obs.or Prov. Eng.]

KINKLE

KINKLE Kinkle, n. Defn: Same as 3d Kink.

KINKY

KINKY Kinky, a. 1. Full of kinks; liable to kink or curl; as, kinky hair. 2. Queer; eccentric; crotchety. [Colloq. U.S.]

KINNIKINIC

KINNIKINIC Kin`ni*ki*nic, n. Etym: [Indian, literally, a mixture.] Defn: Prepared leaves or bark of certain plants; -- used by the Indians of the Northwest for smoking, either mixed with tobacco or as a substitute for it. Also, a plant so used, as the osier cornel (Cornus stolonijra), and the bearberry (Arctostaphylus Uva-ursi). [Spelled also kinnickinnick and killikinick.]

KINO

KINO Kino, n. Defn: The dark red dried juice of certain plants, used variously in tanning, in dyeing, and as an astringent in medicine. Note: The chief supply is from an East Indian leguminous tree, the Pterocarpus Marsupium. Other sources are the African Pterocarpus erinaceus, the tropical American sea grape (Coccoloba uvifera), and several Australian Eucalypti. See Botany bay kino, under Botany bay, Gum butea, under Gum, and Eucalyptus.

KINOLOGY

KINOLOGY Ki*nolo*gy, n. Etym: [Gr. -logy.] Defn: That branch of physics which treats of the laws of motion, or of moving bodies.

KINONE

KINONE Kinone, n. (Chem.) Defn: See Quinone.

KINOYL

KINOYL Kinoyl, n. (Chem.) [Obs.] Defn: See Quinoyl.

KINREDE

KINREDE Kinrede, n. Defn: Kindred. [Obs.] Chaucer.

KINSFOLK

KINSFOLK Kinsfolk`, n. Defn: Relatives; kindred; kin; persons of the same family or closely or closely related families. They sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. Luke ii. 44.

KINSHIP

KINSHIP Kinship, n. Defn: Family relationship.

KINSMAN

KINSMAN Kinsman, n.; pl. Kinsmen (. Defn: A man of the same race or family; one related by blood.

KINSMANSHIP

KINSMANSHIP Kinsman*ship, n. Defn: Kinship. Thackeray.

KINSWOMAN

KINSWOMAN Kinswom`an, n.; pl. Kinswomen (. Defn: A female relative. Shak.

KINTLIDGE

KINTLIDGE Kintlidge, n. (Naut.) Defn: See Kentledge.

KIOSK

KIOSK Ki*osk, n. Etym: [Turk. kiushk, ki?shk, Per. k.] Defn: A Turkish open summer house or pavilion, supported by pillars.

KIOWAYS

KIOWAYS Kio*ways`, n. pl.; sing. Kioway (. (Ethnol.) Defn: A tribe of Indians distantly related to the Shoshones. They formerly inhabited the region about the head waters of the North Platte.

KIP

KIP Kip, n. Defn: The hide of a young or small beef creature, or leather made from it; kipskin. Kip leather. See Kipskin.

KIPE

KIPE Kipe, n. Etym: [Cf. OE. kipen to catch, Icel. kippa to pull, snatch. Cf. Kipper.] Defn: An osier basket used for catching fish. [Prov. Eng.]

KIPPER

KIPPER Kipper, n. Etym: [D. kippen to hatch, snatch, seize. Cf. Kipe.] 1. (Zo?l.) Defn: A salmon after spawning. 2. A salmon split open, salted, and dried or smoked; -- so called because salmon after spawning were usually so cured, not being good when fresh. [Scot.] Kipper time, the season in which fishing for salmon is forbidden. [Eng. & Scot.]

KIPPER

KIPPER Kipper, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kippered; p. pr. & vb. n. Kippering.] Defn: To cure, by splitting, salting, and smoking. Kippered salmon. Dickens.

KIPPER

KIPPER Kipper, a. Defn: Amorous; also, lively; light-footed; nimble; gay; sprightly. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

KIPPERNUT

KIPPERNUT Kipper*nut`, n. (Bot.) Defn: A name given to earthnuts of several kinds.

KIPSKIN

KIPSKIN Kipskin`, n. Etym: [Kip + skin.] Defn: Leather prepared from the skin of young or small cattle, intermediate in grade between calfskin and cowhide.

KIRK

KIRK Kirk, n. Etym: [Scot.; cf. Icel. kirkja, of Greek origin. See Church.] Defn: A church or the church, in the various senses of the word; esp., the Church of Scotland as distinguished from other reformed churches, or from the Roman Catholic Church. [Scot.] Jamieson.

KIRKED

KIRKED Kirked, a. Etym: [Etymol. uncertain.] Defn: Turned upward; bent. [Obs.] Rom. of R.

KIRKMAN

KIRKMAN Kirkman, n.; pl. Kirkmen (. 1. A clergyman or officer in a kirk. [Scot.] 2. A member of the Church of Scotland, as distinguished from a member of another communion. [Scot.]

KIRKYARD

KIRKYARD Kirkyard`, n. Defn: A churchyard. [Scot.]

KIRMESS

KIRMESS Kirmess, n. Etym: [D. kermis; cf. G. kirmes; prop., church mass. See Church, and Mass a religious service.] Defn: In Europe, particularly in Belgium and Holland, and outdoor festival and fair; in the United States, generally an indoor entertainment and fair combined.

KIRSCHWASSER

KIRSCHWASSER Kirschwas`ser, n. Etym: [G., fr. kirsche cherry + wasser water.] Defn: An alcoholic liquor, obtained by distilling the fermented juice of the small black cherry.

KIRSOME

KIRSOME Kirsome, a. Etym: [Corrupted from chrisom.] Defn: Christian; christened. [Obs.] I am a true kirsome woman. Beau. & Fl.

KIRTLE

KIRTLE Kirtle, n. Etym: [OE. kirtel, curtel, AS. cyrtel; skin to Icel. kyrtill, Sw. kjortel, Dan. kiortel, kiole.] Defn: A garment varying in form and use at different times, and worn doth by men and women. Wearing her Norman car, and her kirtle of blue. Longfellow. Note: The term is still retained in the provinces, in the sense of an outer petticoat. Halliwell.

KIRTLED

KIRTLED Kirtled, a. Defn: Wearing a kirtle. Byron.

KIRUMBO

KIRUMBO Ki*rumbo, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: A bird of Madagascar (Leptosomus discolor), the only living type of a family allied to the rollers. It has a pair of loral plumes. The male is glossy green above, with metallic reflections; the female is spotted with brown and black.

KISH

KISH Kish, n. Etym: [Cf. G. kies gravel, pyrites.] (Min.) Defn: A workman's name for the graphite which forms incidentally in iron smelting.

KISMET

KISMET Kismet, n. Etym: [Per. qismat.] Defn: Destiny; fate. [Written also kismat.] [Oriental]

KISS

KISS Kiss, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kissed;p. pr. & vb. n. Kissing.] Etym: [OE. kissen, cussen, AS. cyssan, fr. coss a kiss; of uncertain origin; akin to D. kus, G. kuss, Icel. koss.] 1. To salute with the lips, as a mark of affection, reverence, submission, forgiveness, etc. He . . . kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack, That at the parting all the church echoed. Shak. 2. To touch gently, as if fondly or caressingly. When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees. Shak.

KISS

KISS Kiss, v. i. 1. To make or give salutation with the lips in token of love, respect, etc.; as, kiss and make friends. 2. To meet; to come in contact; to touch fondly. Like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume. Shak. Rose, rose and clematis, Trail and twine and clasp and kiss. Tennyson. Kissing comfit, a perfumed sugarplum to sweeten the breath. [Obs or Prov. End.] Shak.

KISS

KISS Kiss, n. Etym: [OE. kiss, derived under the influence of the verb from the older form coss, AS. coss. See Kiss, v.] 1. A salutation with the lips, as a token of affection, respect, etc.; as, a parting kiss; a kiss of reconciliation. Last with a kiss, she took a long farewell. Dryden. Dear as remembered kisses after death. Tennyson. 2. A small piece of confectionery.

KISSER

KISSER Kisser, n. Defn: One who kisses. Beau. & Fl.

KISSING BUG

KISSING BUG Kissing bug`. (Zo?l.) Defn: Any one of several species of blood-sucking, venomous Hemiptera that sometimes bite the lip or other parts of the human body, causing painful sores, as the cone-nose (Conorhinus sanguisuga). [U. S.]

KISSING STRINGS

KISSING STRINGS Kissing strings`. Defn: Cap or bonnet strings made long to tie under the chin. One of her ladyship's kissing strings, once pink and fluttering and now faded and soiled. Pall Mall Mag.

KISSINGCRUST

KISSINGCRUST Kissing*crust`, n. (Cookery) Defn: The portion of the upper crust of a loaf which has touched another loaf in baking. Lamb. A massy fragment from the rich kissingcrust that hangs like a fretted cornice from the upper half of the loaf. W. Howitt.

KIST

KIST Kist, n. Etym: [See Chest.] Defn: A chest; hence, a coffin. [Scot. & Prov. End.] Jamieson. Halliwell.

KIST

KIST Kist, n. Etym: [Ar. gist.] Defn: A stated payment, especially a payment of rent for land; hence, the time for such payment. [India]

KISTVAEN

KISTVAEN Kistvaen, n. Etym: [W. cist-faen.] (Arch?ol.) Defn: A Celtic monument, commonly known as a dolmen.

KIT

KIT Kit, v. t. [imp. Kitte.] Defn: To cut. [Obs.] Chaucer.

KIT

KIT Kit, n. Etym: [See Kitten.] Defn: A kitten. Kit fox (Zo?l.), a small burrowing fox (Vulpes velox), inhabiting the region of the Rocky Mountains. It is brownish gray, reddish on the breast and flanks, and white below. Called also swift fox.

KIT

KIT Kit, n. Etym: [Gf. AS. cytere harp, L. cithara. Cf. Guitar.] Defn: A small violin. A dancing master's kit. Grew. Prince Turveydrop then tinkled the strings of his kit with his fingers, and the young ladies stood up to dance. Dickens.

KIT

KIT Kit, m. Etym: [Cf. D. kit a large bottle, OD. kitte beaker, decanter.] 1. A large bottle. 2. A wooden tub or pail, smaller at the top than at the bottom; as, a kit of butter, or of mackerel. Wright. 3. straw or rush basket for fish; also, any kind of basket. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. 4. A box for working implements; hence, a working outfit, as of a workman, a soldier, and the like. 5. A group of separate parts, things, or individuals; -- used with whole, and generally contemptuously; as, the whole kit of them.

KITCAT

KITCAT Kitcat`, a. 1. Designating a club in London, to which Addison and Steele belonged; -- so called from Christopher Cat, a pastry cook, who served the club with mutton pies. 2. Designating a canvas used for portraits of a peculiar size, viz., twenty-right or twenty-nine inches by thirtysix; -- so called because that size was adopted by Sir Godfrey Kneller for the portraits he painted of the members of the Kitcal Club. Fairholt.

KITCAT

KITCAT Kitcat`, n. Defn: A game played by striking with a stick small piece of wood, called a cat, shaped like two coned united at their bases; tipcat. Cotton. Kitcat roll (Agric.), a roller somewhat in the form of two cones set base to base. [Prov. Eng.]

KITCHEN

KITCHEN Kitchen, n. Etym: [OE. kichen, kichene, kuchene, AS. cycene, L. coquina, equiv. to culina a kitchen, fr. coquinus pertaining to cooking, fr. coquere to cook. See Cook to prepare food, and cf. Cuisine.] 1. A cookroom; the room of a house appropriated to cookery. Cool was his kitchen, though his brains were hot. Dryden. A fat kitchen makes a lean will. Franklin. 2. A utensil for roasting meat; as, a tin kitchen. Kitchen garden. See under Garden. -- Kitchen lee, dirty soapsuds. [Obs.] A brazen tub of kitchen lee. Ford. -- Kitchen stuff, fat collected from pots and pans. Donne.

KITCHEN

KITCHEN Kitchen, v. t. Defn: To furnish food to; to entertain with the fare of the kitchen. [Obs.] Shak.

KITCHEN MIDDENS

KITCHEN MIDDENS Kitchen mid`dens. Etym: [Dan. kj?k-kenm?ddings kitchen leavings; cf. Scot. midden a dunghill.] Defn: Relics of neolithic man found on the coast of Denmark, consisting of shell mounds, some of which are ten feet high, one thousand feet long, and two hundred feet wide. The name is applied also to similar mounds found on the American coast from Canada to Florida, made by the North American Indians.

KITCHEN-RY

KITCHEN-RY Kitchen-ry, n. Defn: The body of servants employed in the kitchen. [Obs.] Holland.

KITCHENER

KITCHENER Kitchen*er, n. Defn: A kitchen servant; a cook. Carlyle.

KITCHENETTE

KITCHENETTE Kitch`en*ette, n. [Kitchen + -ette.] Defn: A room combining a very small kitchen and a pantry, with the kitchen conveniences compactly arranged, sometimes so that they fold up out of sight and allow the kitchen to be made a part of the adjoining room by opening folding doors.

KITCHENMAID

KITCHENMAID Kitchen*maid`, n. Defn: A woman employed in the kitchen. Shak.

KITE

KITE Kite, n. Etym: [OE. kyte, AS.c; cf. W. cud, cut.] 1. (Zo?l.) Defn: Any raptorial bird of the subfamily Milvin?, of which many species are known. They have long wings, adapted for soaring, and usually a forked tail. Note: The European species are Milvus ictinus and M. govinda; the sacred or Brahmany kite of India is Haliastur Indus; the American fork-tailed kite is the Nauclerus furcatus. 2. Fig. : One who is rapacious. Detested kite, thou liest. Shak. 3. A light frame of wood or other material covered with paper or cloth, for flying in the air at the end of a string. 4. (Naut.) Defn: A lofty sail, carried only when the wind is light. 5. (Geom.) Defn: A quadrilateral, one of whose diagonals is an axis of symmetry. Henrici. 6. Fictitious commercial paper used for raising money or to sustain credit, as a check which represents no deposit in bank, or a bill of exchange not sanctioned by sale of goods; an accommodation check or bill. [Cant] 7. (Zo?l.) Defn: The brill. [Prov. Eng. ] Flying kites. (Naut.) See under Flying. -- Kite falcon (Zo?l.), an African falcon of the genus Avicida, having some resemblance to a kite.

KITE

KITE Kite, v. i. Defn: To raise money by kites; as, kiting transactions. See Kite, 6. [Cant]

KITE

KITE Kite, n. Defn: The belly. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

KITEFLYING; KITEFLIER

KITEFLYING; KITEFLIER Kitefly`ing, n. Defn: A mode of raising money, or sustaining one's credit, by the use of paper which is merely nominal; -- called also kiting. -- Kitefli`er, n. Defn: See Kite, n., 6. [Cant] McElrath. Thackeray.

KITH

KITH Kith, n. Etym: [OE. kith, cu, AS. cc known. Uncouth, Can, and cf. Kythe.] Defn: Acquaintance; kindred. And my near kith for sore me shend. W. Browne. The sage of his kith and the hamlet. Longfellow. Kith and kin, kindred more or less remote.

KITHARA

KITHARA Kitha*ra, n. Defn: See Cithara.

KITHE

KITHE Kithe, v. t. [Obs.] Defn: See Kythe. Chaucer.

KITISH

KITISH Kitish, a. (Zo?l.) Defn: Like or relating to a kite.

KITLING

KITLING Kitling, n. Etym: [Kit a kitten + ling: cf. Icel. ketlingr.] Defn: A young kitten; a whelp. [Obs. or Scot.] B. Jonson.

KITTE

KITTE Kitte, imp. Defn: of Kit to cut. [Obs.] Chaucer.

KITTEL

KITTEL Kittel, v. t. Defn: See Kittle, v. t.

KITTEN

KITTEN Kitten, n. Etym: [OE. kiton, a dim. of cat; cf. G.kitze a young cat, also a female cat, and F. chaton, dim. of chat cat, also E. kitling. See Cat.] Defn: A young cat.

KITTEN

KITTEN Kitten, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Kittened; p. pr. & vb. n. Kittening.] Defn: To bring forth young, as a cat; to bring forth, as kittens. Shak. H. Spencer.

KITTENISH

KITTENISH Kitten*ish, a. Defn: Resembling a kitten; playful; as, a kittenish disposition. Richardson.

KITTIWAKE

KITTIWAKE Kitti*wake, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: A northern gull (Rissa tridactyla), inhabiting the coasts of Europe and America. It is white, with black tips to the wings, and has but three toes.

KITTLE

KITTLE Kittle, v. i. Etym: [Cf. Kit a kitten.] (Zo?l.) Defn: To bring forth young, as a cat; to kitten; to litter. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

KITTLE

KITTLE Kittle, v. t. Etym: [Cf. AS. citelian; akin to D. kittelen, G. kitzeln, Icel. kitla, Sw. kittla, kittsla, Dan. kildre. Cf. Tickle.] Defn: To tickle. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [Written also kittel.] Halliwell. Jamieson.

KITTLE

KITTLE Kittle, a. Defn: Ticklish; not easily managed; troublesome; difficult; variable. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Halliwell. Sir W. Scott.

KITTLISH

KITTLISH Kittlish, a. Defn: Ticklish; kittle. Sir W. Scott.

KITTY

KITTY Kitty, n. 1. A kitten; also, a pet name or calling name for the cat. 2. [Etym. uncertain.] (Gaming) The percentage taken out of a pool to pay for refreshments, or for the expenses of the table. R. F. Foster.

KITTYSOL

KITTYSOL Kit*ty*sol, n. Etym: [Sp. quitasol.] Defn: The Chinese paper parasol.

KIVA

KIVA Kiva, n. [Hopi name, sacred chamber.] Defn: A large chamber built under, or in, the houses of a Pueblo village, used as an assembly room in religious rites or as a men's dormitory. It is commonly lighted and entered from an opening in the roof.

KIVE

KIVE Kive, n. Defn: A mash vat. See Keeve. [Obs.]

KIVER

KIVER Kiver, v. t. Defn: To cover. -- n. Defn: A cover. [Disused except in illiterate speech.]

KIVIKIVI; KIWIKIWI

KIVIKIVI; KIWIKIWI Ki`vi*kivi, Ki`wi*kiwi, n.; pl. Kivikivies (Kiwikiwies (. (Zo?l.) Defn: Any species of Apteryx, esp. A. australis; -- so called in imitation of its notes. Called also kiwi. See Apteryx.

KJOEKKEN MOEDDINGS

KJOEKKEN MOEDDINGS Kjoekken moed`dings. Etym: [Dan.] Defn: See Kitchen middens.

KLAMATHS

KLAMATHS Klamaths, n. pl.; sing. Klamath (Ethnol.) Defn: A collective name for the Indians of several tribes formerly living along the Klamath river, in California and Oregon, but now restricted to a reservation at Klamath Lake; -- called also Clamets and Hamati.

KLEENEBOC

KLEENEBOC Kleeneboc` (klenb?k`), n. Etym: [D. kleen little, small + bok buck.] Defn: (Zo?l.) An antelope (Cerphalopus pygm?us), found in South Africa. It is of very small size, being but one foot high at shoulder. It is remarkable for its activity, and for its mild and timid disposition. Called also guevi, and pygmy antelope.

KLEPTOMANIA

KLEPTOMANIA Klep`to*mani*a, n. Etym: [Gr. mania.] Defn: A propensity to steal, claimed to be irresistible. This does not constitute legal irresponsibility. Wharton.

KLEPTOMANIAC

KLEPTOMANIAC Klep`to*mani*ac, n. Defn: A person affected with kleptomania.

KLICK

KLICK Klick, n. & v. Defn: See Click.

KLICKET

KLICKET Klicket, n. Etym: [Cf. Clicket.] (Mil.) Defn: A small postern or gate in a palisade, for the passage of sallying parties. [Written also klinket.]

KLINKSTONE

KLINKSTONE Klinkstone`, n. Defn: See Clinkstone.

KLINOMETER

KLINOMETER Kli*nome*ter, n. Defn: See Clinometer.

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