Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Kiabooca wood See Kyaboca wood .

Kiang noun (Zoology) The dziggetai.

Kibble transitive verb To bruise; to grind coarsely; as, kibbled oats. [ Prov.Eng.] Halliwell.

Kibble noun A large iron bucket used in Cornwall and Wales for raising ore out of mines. [ Prov. Eng.] [ Written also kibbal .]

Kibblings noun plural Portions of small fish used for bait on the banks of Newfoundland.

Kibe noun [ W. cib + gwst pain, sickness.] A chap or crack in the flesh occasioned by cold; an ulcerated chilblain. "He galls his kibe ." Shak.

Kibed adjective Chapped; cracked with cold; affected with chilblains; as, kibed heels. Beau. & Fl.

Kibitka noun ; plural Kibitkas [ Russian ]
1. A tent used by the Kirghiz Tartars.

2. A rude kind of Russian vehicle, on wheels or on runners, sometimes covered with cloth or leather, and often used as a movable habitation.

Kiblah noun See Keblah .

Kibosh noun
1. Nonsense; stuff; also, fashion; style. [ Slang]

2. Portland cement when thrown or blown into the recesses of carved stonework to intensify the shadows.

To put the kibosh on , to do for; to dispose of. [ Slang]

Kiby adjective Affected with kibes. Skelton.

Kichil noun [ Obsolete] See Kechil . Chaucer.

Kick (kĭk) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Kicked (kĭkt); present participle & verbal noun Kicking .] [ W. cicio , from cic foot.] To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog.

He [ Frederick the Great] kicked the shins of his judges.
Macaulay.

To kick the beam , to fit up and strike the beam; -- said of the lighter arm of a loaded balance; hence, to be found wanting in weight. Milton. -- To kick the bucket , to lose one's life; to die. [ Colloq. & Low]

Kick intransitive verb
1. To thrust out the foot or feet with violence; to strike out with the foot or feet, as in defense or in bad temper; esp., to strike backward, as a horse does, or to have a habit of doing so. Hence, figuratively: To show ugly resistance, opposition, or hostility; to spurn.

I should kick , being kicked.
Shak.

2. To recoil; -- said of a musket, cannon, etc.

Kick noun
1. A blow with the foot or feet; a striking or thrust with the foot.

A kick , that scarce would move a horse,
May kill a sound divine.
Cowper.

2. The projection on the tang of the blade of a pocket knife, which prevents the edge of the blade from striking the spring. See Illust. of Pocketknife .

3. (Brickmaking) A projection in a mold, to form a depression in the surface of the brick.

4. The recoil of a musket or other firearm, when discharged.

Kickable adjective Capable or deserving of being kicked. "A kickable boy." G. Eliot.

Kickapoos noun plural ; sing. Kickapoo (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians which formerly occupied the region of Northern Illinois, allied in language to the Sacs and Foxes.

Kicker noun One who, or that which, kicks.

Kickshaw noun See Kickshaws , the correct singular.

Kickshaws noun ; plural Kickshawses [ Corrupt. from French quelque chose something, from Latin qualis of what kind (akin to English which ) + suffix -guam + causa cause, in Late Latin , a thing. See Which , and Cause .]
1. Something fantastical; any trifling, trumpery thing; a toy.

Art thou good at these kickshawses !
Shak.

2. A fancy dish; a titbit; a delicacy.

Some pigeons, . . . a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws .
Shak.

Cressy was lost by kickshaws and soup- maigre.
Fenton.

Kickshoe noun A kickshaws. Milton.

Kicksy-wicksy adjective Fantastic; restless; as, kicksy-wicksy flames. Nares.

Kicksy-wicksy, Kicky-wisky noun That which is restless and uneasy.

» Kicky-wicky , or, in some editions, Kicksy- wicksy , is applied contemptuously to a wife by Shakespeare, in "All's Well that Ends Well," ii. 3, 297.

Kickup noun (Zoology) The water thrush or accentor. [ Local, West Indies]

Kid (kĭd) noun [ Of Scand. origin; confer Icelandic kið , Dan. & Swedish kid ; akin to Old High German kizzi , German kitz , kitz chen, kitz lein.]
1. (Zoology) A young goat.

The . . . leopard shall lie down with the kid .
Is. xi. 6.

2. A young child or infant; hence, a simple person, easily imposed on. [ Slang] Charles Reade.

3. A kind of leather made of the skin of the young goat, or of the skin of rats, etc.

4. plural Gloves made of kid. [ Colloq. & Low]

5. A small wooden mess tub; -- a name given by sailors to one in which they receive their food. Cooper.

Kid intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Kidded ; present participle & verbal noun Kidding .] To bring forth a young goat.

Kid noun [ Confer W. cidysen .] A fagot; a bundle of heath and furze. [ Prov. Eng.] Wright.

Kid past participle of Kythe . [ Obsolete] Gower. Chaucer.

Kid transitive verb See Kiddy , transitive verb [ Slang]

Kid noun Among pugilists, thieves, etc., a youthful expert; -- chiefly used attributively; as, kid Jones. [ Cant]

Kid fox (Zoology) A young fox. Shak.

Kidde imperfect of Kythe . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Kidderminster noun A kind of ingrain carpeting, named from the English town where formerly most of it was manufactured.

Kiddier noun [ Confer OSw. kyta to truck.] A huckster; a cadger. [ Obsolete] Halliwell.

Kiddle noun [ Confer Late Latin kidellus , Armor. kiāel ] A kind of basketwork wear in a river, for catching fish. [ Improperly spelled kittle .]

Kiddow noun (Zoology) The guillemot. [ Written also kiddaw .] [ Prov. Eng.]

Kiddy transitive verb To deceive; to outwit; to hoax. [ Slang] Dickens.

Kiddy noun A young fellow; formerly, a low thief. [ Slang, Eng.]

Kiddyish adjective Frolicsome; sportive. [ Slang]

Kidling noun [ Kid + - ling : confer Swedish kidling .] A young kid.

Kidnap (kĭd"năp`) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Kidnaped (- năpt`) or Kidnapped ; present participle & verbal noun Kidnaping or Kidnapping .] [ Kid a child + Prov. English nap to seize, to grasp. Confer Knab , Knap , Nab .] To take (any one) by force or fear, and against one's will, with intent to carry to another place. Abbott.

You may reason or expostulate with the parents, but never attempt to kidnap their children, and to make proselytes of them.
Whately.

» Originally used only of stealing children, but now extended in application to any human being, involuntarily abducted.

Kidnaper, Kidnapper noun One who steals or forcibly carries away a human being; a manstealer.

Kidney (kĭd"nȳ) noun ; plural Kidneys (-nĭz). [ Middle English kidnei , kidnere , from Icelandic koiðr belly, womb (akin to Goth. gipus , Anglo-Saxon cwiþ womb) + Middle English nere kidney; akin to Dutch nier , German niere , Old High German nioro , Icelandic nȳra , Danish nyre , Swedish njure , and probably to Greek nefro`s Confer Kite belly.]


1. (Anat.) A glandular organ which excretes urea and other waste products from the animal body; a urinary gland.

» In man and in other mammals there are two kidneys, one on each side of vertebral column in the back part of the abdomen, each kidney being connected with the bladder by a long tube, the ureter, through which the urine is constantly excreted into the bladder to be periodically discharged.

2. Habit; disposition; sort; kind. Shak.

There are in later times other decrees, made by popes of another kidney .
Barrow.

Millions in the world of this man's kidney .
L'Estrange.

Your poets, spendthrifts, and other fools of that kidney , pretend, forsooth, to crack their jokes on prudence.
Burns.

» This use of the word perhaps arose from the fact that the kidneys and the fat about them are an easy test of the condition of an animal as to fatness. "Think of that, -- a man of my kidney ; -- . . . as subject to heat as butter." Shak.

3. A waiter. [ Old Cant] Tatler.

Floating kidney . See Wandering kidney , under Wandering . -- Kidney bean (Botany) , a sort of bean; -- so named from its shape. It is of the genus Phaseolus ( P. vulgaris ). See under Bean . -- Kidney ore (Min.) , a variety of hematite or iron sesquioxide, occurring in compact kidney-shaped masses. -- Kidney stone . (Min.) See Nephrite , and Jade . -- Kidney vetch (Botany) , a leguminous herb of Europe and Asia ( Anthyllis vulneraria ), with cloverlike heads of red or yellow flowers, once used as a remedy for renal disorders, and also to stop the flow of blood from wounds; lady's-fingers.

Kidney-form, Kidney-shaped adjective Having the form or shape of a kidney; reniform; as, a kidney-shaped leaf. Gray.

Kidneywort noun (Botany) (a) A kind of saxifrage (Saxifrage stellaris) . (b) The navelwort.

Kie noun plural [ Confer Kee .] Kine; cows. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Kiefekil noun [ Persian keff foam, scum + gil clay, mud.] (Min.) A species of clay; meerschaum. [ Also written keffekil .]

Kier noun [ Icelandic ker a tub.] (Bleaching) A large tub or vat in which goods are subjected to the action of hot lye or bleaching liquor; -- also called keeve .

Kieselguhr noun [ G., from kiesel flint + guhr an earthy deposit or sediment in water.] Siliceous earth; specifically, porous infusorial earth, used as an absorbent of nitroglycerin in the manufacture of dynamite.

Kieserite noun [ Named after Prof. Kieser , of Jena.] (Min.) Hydrous sulphate of magnesia found at the salt mines of Stassfurt, Prussian Saxony.