Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Kieve noun See Keeve , noun

Kike intransitive verb [ Confer Dutch kijken , Swedish kika .] To gaze; to stare. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Kike transitive verb & i. To kick. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Kilderkin noun [ OD. kindeken , kinneken , a small barrel, orig., a little child, from kind child; akin to German kind , and to English kin .] A small barrel; an old liquid measure containing eighteen English beer gallons, or nearly twenty-two gallons, United States measure. [ Written also kinderkin .]

Kilerg noun [ Kilo- + erg .] (Physics) A unit of work equal to one thousand ergs.

Kilkenny cats Two cats fabled, in an Irish story, to have fought till nothing was left but their tails. It is probably a parable of a local contest between Kilkenny and Irishtown, which impoverished both towns.

Kill noun A kiln. [ Obsolete] Fuller.

Kill noun [ Dutch kil .] A channel or arm of the sea; a river; a stream; as, the channel between Staten Island and Bergen Neck is the Kill van Kull, or the Kills ; -- used also in composition; as, Schuyl kill , Cats kill , etc.

Kill transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Killed ; present participle & verbal noun Killing .] [ Middle English killen , kellen , cullen , to kill, strike; perhaps the same word as cwellen , quellen , to kill (cf. Quell ), or perhaps rather akin to Icelandic kolla to hit in the head, harm, kollr top, summit, head, Swedish kulle , Dutch kollen to kill with the ax.]
1. To deprive of life, animal or vegetable, in any manner or by any means; to render inanimate; to put to death; to slay.

Ah, kill me with thy weapon, not with words !

2. To destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill the sale of a book. "To kill thine honor." Shak.

Her lively color kill'd with deadly cares.

3. To cause to cease; to quell; to calm; to still; as, in seamen's language, a shower of rain kills the wind.

Be comforted, good madam; the great rage,
You see, is killed in him.

4. To destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize; as, alkali kills acid.

To kill time , to busy one's self with something which occupies the attention, or makes the time pass without tediousness.

Syn. -- To murder; assassinate; slay; butcher; destroy. -- To Kill , Murder , Assassinate . To kill does not necessarily mean any more than to deprive of life. A man may kill another by accident or in self-defense, without the imputation of guilt. To murder is to kill with malicious forethought and intention. To assassinate is to murder suddenly and by stealth. The sheriff may kill without murdering ; the duelist murders , but does not assassinate his antagonist; the assassin kills and murders .

Kill noun
1. The act of killing.

"There is none like to me!" says the cub in the pride of his earliest kill .

2. An animal killed in the hunt, as by a beast of prey.

If ye plunder his kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride.

Kill-joy noun One who causes gloom or grief; a dispiriting person. W. Black.

Killdee, Killdeer noun [ So named from its notes.] (Zoology) A small American plover ( Ægialitis vocifera ).

» It is dark grayish brown above; the rump and upper tail coverts are yellowish rufous; the belly, throat, and a line over the eyes, white; a ring round the neck and band across the breast, black.

Killer noun
1. One who deprives of life; one who, or that which, kills.

2. (Zoology) A voracious, toothed whale of the genus Orca , of which several species are known.

» The killers have a high dorsal fin, and powerful jaws armed with large, sharp teeth. They capture, and swallow entire, large numbers of seals, porpoises, and dolphins, and are celebrated for their savage, combined attacks upon the right whales, which they are said to mutilate and kill. The common Atlantic species ( Orca gladiator ), is found both on the European and the American coast. Two species ( Orca ater and O. rectipinna ) occur on the Pacific coast .

Killesse noun [ Confer Coulisse .] (Architecture) (a) A gutter, groove, or channel. (b) A hipped roof. [ Prov. Eng.] Parker.

Killifish noun (Zoology) 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 noun (Zoology) The Cornish chough. See under Chough . [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Killikinick noun See Kinnikinic .

Killing adjective Literally, that kills; having power to kill; fatal; in a colloquial sense, conquering; captivating; irresistible. -- Kill"ing*ly , adverb

Those eyes are made so killing .

Nothing could be more killingly spoken.

Killock noun [ Confer Scot. killick "the flue [ fluke] of an anchor." Jamieson. ] A small anchor; also, a kind of anchor formed by a stone inclosed by pieces of wood fastened together. [ Written also killick .]

Killow noun [ Prov. English kollow the smut or grime on the backs of chimneys.] An earth of a blackish or deep blue color. Woodward.

Kiln (kĭl) noun [ Middle English kilne , kulne , Anglo-Saxon cyln , cylen ; akin to Icelandic kylna ; probably 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 transitive verb To dry in a kiln; as, to kiln-dry meal or grain. Mortimer.

Kilnhole noun The mouth or opening of an oven or kiln. Shak.

Kilo noun ; plural Kilos . [ French] An abbreviation of Kilogram .

Kilo- [ French kilo- . See Kilogram .] A combining form used to signify thousand in forming the names of units of measurement; as, kilo gram, kilo meter, kilo watt, etc.

Kilogram, Kilogramme noun [ French kilogramme ; prefix kilo- (fr. Greek chi`lioi a thousand ) + gramme. See 3d Gram .] 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 noun (Mech.) 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 noun [ French kilolitre . See Kilogram , and Liter .] 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 noun [ French kilometre . See Kilogram , and Meter .] A measure of length, being a thousand meters. It is equal to 3,280.8 feet, or .62137 of a mile.

Kilostere noun [ French kilostere . See Kilogram , and Stere .] A cubic measure containing 1000 cubic meters, and equivalent to 35,315 cubic feet.

Kilovolt noun [ Kilo- + volt .] (Electricity) A unit of electromotive force equal to one thousand volts.

Kilowatt noun [ See Kilogram and Watt .] (Electricity) One thousand watts.

Kilowatt hour (Electricity) A unit of work or energy equal to that done by one kilowatt acting for one hour; -- approx. = 1.34 horse-power hour.

Kilt past participle from Kill . [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Kilt noun [ OGael. cealt clothes, or rather perhaps from Danish kilte op to truss, tie up, tuck up.] 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 transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Kilted ; present participle & verbal noun Kilting .] To tuck up; to truss up, as the clothes. [ Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

Kilted adjective
1. Having on a kilt.

2. Plaited after the manner of kilting.

3. Tucked or fastened up; -- said of petticoats, etc.

Kilter noun See Kelter .

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

Kimbo adjective [ Confer Akimbo .] Crooked; arched; bent. [ Written also kimbow .] Dryden.

Kimmerian adjective See Cimmerian .

Kimnel noun A tub. See Kemelin . [ Obsolete]

She knew not what a kimnel was
Beau. & Fl.

Kimono noun ; plural - 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 noun See Cymry .

Kin (kĭn) noun (Mus.) A primitive Chinese instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings. Riemann.

Kin noun [ Middle English kin , cun , Anglo-Saxon cynn kin, kind, race, people; akin to cennan to beget, Dutch kunne sex, Old Saxon & Old High German kunni kin, race, Icelandic kyn , Goth. kuni , G. & Dutch kind a child, Latin genus kind, race, Latin gignere to beget, Greek gi`gnesqai to be born, Sanskrit jan to beget. √44. Confer 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 kin beside.

You are of kin , and so a friend to their persons.

Kin adjective Of the same nature or kind; kinder. " Kin to the king." Shak.

Kin (kĭn) noun Also Kine (kīn) . [ Greek kinei^n to move.] (Physics) The unit velocity in the C.G.S. system -- a velocity of one centimeter per second.

Kinæsodic adjective (Physiol.) Kinesodic.

Kinæsthesis noun [ New Latin , from Greek kinei^n to move + ... perception.] (Physiol.) The perception attendant upon the movements of the muscles. Bastian.