Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Kirschwasser noun [ G., from kirsche cherry + wasser water.] An alcoholic liquor, obtained by distilling the fermented juice of the small black cherry.

Kirsome adjective [ Corrupted from chrisom .] Christian; christened. [ Obsolete]

I am a true kirsome woman.
Beau. & Fl.

Kirtle noun [ Middle English kirtel , curtel , Anglo-Saxon cyrtel ; skin to Icelandic kyrtill , Swedish kjortel , Danish kiortel , kiole .] A garment varying in form and use at different times, and worn both by men and women.

Wearing her Norman car, and her kirtle of blue.
Longfellow.

» The term is still retained in the provinces, in the sense of " an outer petticoat." Halliwell.

Kirtled adjective Wearing a kirtle. Byron.

Kirumbo noun (Zoology) 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 noun [ Confer German kies gravel, pyrites.] (Min.) A workman's name for the graphite which forms incidentally in iron smelting.

Kismet noun [ Persian qismat .] Destiny; fate. [ Written also kismat .] [ Oriental]

Kiss (kĭs) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Kissed (kĭst); present participle & verbal noun Kissing .] [ Middle English kissen , cussen , Anglo-Saxon cyssan , from coss a kiss; of uncertain origin; akin to Dutch kus , German kuss , Icelandic 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 intransitive verb
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 noun [ Middle English kiss , derived under the influence of the verb from the older form coss , Anglo-Saxon 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 noun One who kisses. Beau. & Fl.

Kissing bug (Zoology) 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 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 noun (Cookery) 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 (kĭst) noun [ See Chest .] A chest; hence, a coffin. [ Scot. & Prov. End.] Jamieson. Halliwell.

Kist noun [ Arabic gist .] A stated payment, especially a payment of rent for land; hence, the time for such payment. [ India]

Kistvaen (kĭst"vān) noun [ W. cist-faen .] (Archæol.) A Celtic monument, commonly known as a dolmen .

Kit (kĭt) transitive verb [ imperfect Kitte .] To cut. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Kit noun [ See Kitten .] A kitten.

Kit fox (Zoology) , 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 noun [ Gf. Anglo-Saxon cytere harp, Latin cithara . Confer Guitar .] 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 noun [ Confer Dutch 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. A 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 adjective
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 thirty- six; -- so called because that size was adopted by Sir Godfrey Kneller for the portraits he painted of the members of the Kitcat Club. Fairholt.

Kitcat noun A game played by striking with a stick small piece of wood, called a cat , shaped like two cones united at their bases; tipcat. Cotton.

Kitcat roll (Agriculture) , a roller somewhat in the form of two cones set base to base. [ Prov. Eng.]

Kitchen (kĭch"ĕn) noun [ Middle English kichen , kichene , kuchene , Anglo-Saxon cycene , Latin coquina , equiv. to culina a kitchen, from coquinus pertaining to cooking, from coquere to cook. See Cook to prepare food, and confer 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. [ Obsolete] "A brazen tub of kitchen lee ." Ford. -- Kitchen stuff , fat collected from pots and pans. Donne.

Kitchen transitive verb To furnish food to; to entertain with the fare of the kitchen. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Kitchen middens (kĭch"ĕn mĭd`d'nz). [ Danish kjök-kenmöddings kitchen leavings; confer Scot. midden a dunghill.] 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 (-rȳ) noun The body of servants employed in the kitchen. [ Obsolete] Holland.

Kitchener noun A kitchen servant; a cook. Carlyle.

Kitchenette noun [ Kitchen + -ette .] 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 noun A woman employed in the kitchen. Shak.

Kite (kīt) noun [ Middle English kyte , Anglo-Saxon cȳta ; confer W. cud , cut .]


1. (Zoology) Any raptorial bird of the subfamily Milvinæ , of which many species are known. They have long wings, adapted for soaring, and usually a forked tail.

» The European species are Milvus ictinus and M. migrans ; the pariah kite of India is 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. (Nautical) A lofty sail, carried only when the wind is light.

5. (Geom.) 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. (Zoology) The brill. [ Prov. Eng.]

Flying kites . (Nautical) See under Flying . -- Kite falcon (Zoology) , an African falcon of the genus Avicida , having some resemblance to a kite.

Kite intransitive verb To raise money by "kites;" as, kiting transactions. See Kite , 6. [ Cant]

Kite noun The belly. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Kite noun (Nautical) A form of drag to be towed under water at any depth up to about forty fathoms, which on striking bottom is upset and rises to the surface; -- called also sentry .

Kiteflying noun A mode of raising money, or sustaining one's credit, by the use of paper which is merely nominal; -- called also kiting . -- Kite"fli`er noun See Kite , noun , 6. [ Cant] McElrath. Thackeray.

Kith (kĭth) noun [ Middle English kith , cuð , Anglo-Saxon cȳððe, cȳð, native land, from cūð known. √45. See Uncouth , Can , and confer Kythe .] Acquaintance; kindred.

And my near kith for that will sore me shend.
W. Browne.

The sage of his kith and the hamlet.
Longfellow.

Kith and kin , kindred more or less remote.

Kithara (-ȧ*rȧ) noun See Cithara .

Kithe (kī&thlig;) transitive verb [ Obsolete] See Kythe . Chaucer.

Kitish adjective (Zoology) Like or relating to a kite.

Kitling noun [ Kit a kitten + -ling : confer Icelandic ketlingr .] A young kitten; a whelp. [ Obsolete or Scot.] B. Jonson.

Kitte (kit"t e ), imperfect of Kit to cut. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Kittel (kit"t'l) transitive verb See Kittle , transitive verb

Kitten (-t'n) noun [ Middle English kiton , a dim. of cat ; confer German kitze a young cat, also a female cat, and French chaton , dim. of chat cat, also English kitling . See Cat .] A young cat.

Kitten transitive verb & i. [ imperfect & past participle Kittened ; present participle & verbal noun Kittening .] To bring forth young, as a cat; to bring forth, as kittens. Shak. H. Spencer.

Kittenish adjective Resembling a kitten; playful; as, a kittenish disposition. Richardson.

Kittiwake (-tĭ*wāk) noun (Zoology) 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 (-t'l) intransitive verb [ Confer Kit a kitten.] (Zoology) To bring forth young, as a cat; to kitten; to litter. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Kittle transitive verb [ Confer Anglo-Saxon citelian ; akin to Dutch kittelen , German kitzeln , Icelandic kitla , Swedish kittla , kittsla , Danish kildre . Confer Tickle .] To tickle. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [ Written also kittel .] Halliwell. Jamieson.

Kittle adjective Ticklish; not easily managed; troublesome; difficult; variable. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Halliwell. Sir W. Scott.

Kittlish adjective Ticklish; kittle. Sir W. Scott.