Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Know-nothing noun A member of a secret political organization in the United States, the chief objects of which were the proscription of foreigners by the repeal of the naturalization laws, and the exclusive choice of native Americans for office. » The party originated in 1853, and existed for about three years. The members of it were called Know-nothings , because they replied "I don't know," to any questions asked them in reference to the party.
Know-nothingism noun The doctrines, principles, or practices, of the Know-nothings.
Known past participle of Know .
Knubs noun plural Waste silk formed in winding off the threads from a cocoon.
[ Middle English knokel
, Anglo-Saxon cuncel
; akin to Dutch knokkel
, OFries. knokele
, German knöchel
, Swedish knoge
, Danish knokkel
, German knochen
bone, and perhaps to English knock
.] 1. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the closing of the fingers. Davenant. 2. The kneejoint, or middle joint, of either leg of a quadruped, especially of a calf; -- formerly used of the kneejoint of a human being.
With weary knuckles on thy brim she kneeled sadly down. Golding. 3. The joint of a plant.
[ Obsolete] Bacon. 4. (Mech.) The joining parts of a hinge through which the pin or rivet passes; a knuckle joint. 5. (Shipbuilding) A convex portion of a vessel's figure where a sudden change of shape occurs, as in a canal boat, where a nearly vertical side joins a nearly flat bottom. 6. A contrivance, usually of brass or iron, and furnished with points, worn to protect the hand, to add force to a blow, and to disfigure the person struck; as, brass knuckles ; -- called also knuckle duster .
[ Slang.] Knuckle joint (Machinery)
, a hinge joint, in which a projection with an eye, on one piece, enters a jaw between two corresponding projections with eyes, on another piece, and is retained by a pin which passes through the eyes and forms the pivot.
-- Knuckle of veal (Cookery)
, the lower part of a leg of veal, from the line of the body to the knuckle.
Knuckle intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Knuckled
;; present participle & verbal noun Knuckling
.] To yield; to submit; -- used with down , to , or under . To knuckle to
. (a) To submit to in a contest; to yield to
. [ Colloq.] See To knock under
, under Knock
, intransitive verb (b) To apply one's self vigorously or earnestly to; as, to knuckle to work.
Knuckle transitive verb To beat with the knuckles; to pommel. [ R.] Horace Smith.
Knuckled adjective Jointed. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
[ Confer Gnof
a churl.] A lout; a clown.
The country knuffs , Hob, Dick, and Hick, Hayward.
With clubs and clouted shoon.
[ See Knurl
.] A knurl. Woodward.
[ See Knar
.] A contorted knot in wood; a crossgrained protuberance; a nodule; a boss or projection. 2. One who, or that which, is crossgrained.
Knurl (nûrl) transitive verb To provide with ridges, to assist the grasp, as in the edge of a flat knob, or coin; to mill.
Knurled (nûrld) adjective
1. Full of knots; gnarled. 2. Milled, as the head of a screw, or the edge of a coin.
(nûrl"ȳ), [ Compar. Knurlier
(-ĭ*ẽr); superl. Knurliest
.] [ See Knur
, and confer Gnarly
.] Full of knots; hard; tough; hence, capable of enduring or resisting much.
Knurry adjective Full of knots. [ Obsolete] Drayton.
Koaita noun (Zoology) Same as Coaita .
Koala noun A tailless marsupial ( Phascolarctos cinereus ), found in Australia. The female carries her young on the back of her neck. Called also Australian bear , native bear , and native sloth .
Kob, Koba noun (Zoology) Any one of several species of African antelopes of the genus Kobus , esp. the species Kobus sing- sing .
Kobellite noun [ From Franz von Kobell , of Munich.] (Min.) A blackish gray mineral, a sulphide of antimony, bismuth, and lead.
[ G., perhaps orig., house god, hose protector. See Cobalt
] A kind of domestic spirit in German mythology, corresponding to the Scottish brownie and the English Robin Goodfellow.
Kodak noun A kind of portable camera.
Kodak noun [ An invented name.]
1. A kind of portable photographic camera, esp. adapted for snapshot work, in which a succession of negatives is made upon a continuous roll of sensitized film; -- a trade-mark name of the Eastman Kodak Company, but now popularly applied to almost any hand camera. 2. A photograph taken with a kodak.
Kodak transitive verb & i.
[ imperfect & past participle Kodaked
; present participle & verbal noun Kodaking
.] To photograph with a kodak; hence, to describe or characterize briefly and vividly.
Koel noun [ Native name in India.] (Zoology) Any one of several species of cuckoos of the genus Eudynamys , found in India, the East Indies, and Australia. They deposit their eggs in the nests of other birds.
Koff noun [ Dutch kof .] A two-masted Dutch vessel.
Koftgari adjective [ Hind. koft garï goldbeating. from Persian koft beating + garï trade.] Ornamental work produced by inlaying steel with gold, -- a variety of damascening much used in the arts of India.
Kohinoor, Kohnur noun [ Persian koh-i-n...r , lit., mountain of light.] A famous diamond, surrendered to the British crown on the annexation of the Punjab. According to Hindoo legends, it was found in a Golconda mine, and has been the property of various Hindoo and Persian rulers.
[ See Alcohol
.] A mixture of soot and other ingredients, used by Egyptian and other Eastern women to darken the edges of the eyelids.
; plural Kohl-rabies
. [ G. Confer Cole
the plant.] (Botany) A variety of cabbage, in which the edible part is a large, turnip-shaped swelling of the stem, above the surface of the ground.
Kokama noun (Zoology) The gemsbok.
Koklass noun (Zoology) Any pheasant of the genus Pucrasia . The birds of this genus inhabit India and China, and are distinguished by having a long central and two lateral crests on the head. Called also pucras .
Kokoon noun (Zoology) The gnu.
Kolarian noun (Ethnol.) An individual of one of the races of aboriginal inhabitants which survive in Hindostan. -- adjective Of or pertaining to the Kolarians.
Kolinsky noun [ Russian kolinski of Kola, a district in northeasten Russia where the finest minks abound.] Among furriers, any of several Asiatic minks; esp., Putorius sibiricus , the yellowish brown pelt of which is valued, esp. for the tail, used for making artists' brushes. Trade names for the fur are red sable and Tatar sable .
Koluschan, Kolushan adjective [ From Russian kalyushka piece of wood (worn in the nether lip).] Designating, or pert. to, a linguistic stock of North American Indians comprising the Tlinkit tribes of the Alexander Archipelago of southeastern Alaska and adjacent coast lands. Their language bears some affinity to Mexican tongues.
Komenic adjective [ Prob. German mekon in (by transposition of letters) + -ic .] (Chemistry) Of or pertaining to, or designating, an acid derived from meconic acid. [ Written also comenic .]
Komtok noun (Zoology) An African freshwater fish ( Protopterus annectens ), belonging to the Dipnoi. It can breathe air by means of its lungs, and when waters dry up, it encases itself in a nest of hard mud, where it remains till the rainy season. It is used as food.
Kon transitive verb To know. See Can , and Con .
Ye konnen thereon as much as any man. Chaucer.
Konite noun (Min.) See Conite .
Konseal noun [ Prob. formed from conceal .] (Medicine) A form of capsule for inclosing a dose of medicine that is offensive, caustic, or the like.
Konze noun (Zoology) A large African antelope ( Alcelaphus Lichtensteini ), allied to the hartbeest, but having shorter and flatter horns, and lacking a black patch on the face.
Koodoo noun (Zoology) A large South African antelope ( Strepsiceros kudu ). The males have graceful spiral horns, sometimes four feet long. The general color is reddish or grayish brown, with eight or nine white bands on each side, and a pale dorsal stripe. The old males become dark bluish gray, due to the skin showing through the hair. The females are hornless. Called also nellut . [ Written also kudu .]
Kookoom noun (Zoology) The oryx or gemsbok. [ Written also kookaam .]
Koolokamba noun (Zoology) A west African anthropoid ape ( Troglodytes koolokamba , or T. Aubryi ), allied to the chimpanzee and gorilla, and, in some respects, intermediate between them.