knowledge


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Knowledge \Knowl"edge\, n. [OE. knowlage, knowlege, knowleche,
   knawleche. The last part is the Icel. suffix -leikr, forming
   abstract nouns, orig. the same as Icel. leikr game, play,
   sport, akin to AS. l[=a]c, Goth. laiks dance. See Know, and
   cf. Lake, v. i., Lark a frolic.]
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   1. The act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact,
      truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance;
      cognition.
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            Knowledge, which is the highest degree of the
            speculative faculties, consists in the perception of
            the truth of affirmative or negative propositions.
                                                  --Locke.
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   2. That which is or may be known; the object of an act of
      knowing; a cognition; -- chiefly used in the plural.
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            There is a great difference in the delivery of the
            mathematics, which are the most abstracted of
            knowledges.                           --Bacon.
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            Knowledges is a term in frequent use by Bacon, and,
            though now obsolete, should be revived, as without
            it we are compelled to borrow "cognitions" to
            express its import.                   --Sir W.
                                                  Hamilton.
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            To use a word of Bacon's, now unfortunately
            obsolete, we must determine the relative value of
            knowledges.                           --H. Spencer.
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   3. That which is gained and preserved by knowing;
      instruction; acquaintance; enlightenment; learning;
      scholarship; erudition.
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            Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. --1 Cor.
                                                  viii. 1.
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            Ignorance is the curse of God;
            Knowledge, the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
                                                  --Shak.
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   4. That familiarity which is gained by actual experience;
      practical skill; as, a knowledge of life.
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            Shipmen that had knowledge of the sea. --1 Kings ix.
                                                  27.
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   5. Scope of information; cognizance; notice; as, it has not
      come to my knowledge.
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            Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou
            shouldst take knowledge of me?        --Ruth ii. 10.
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   6. Sexual intercourse; -- usually preceded by carnal; same as
      carnal knowledge.

   Syn: See Wisdom.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Knowledge \Knowl"edge\, v. t.
   To acknowledge. [Obs.] "Sinners which knowledge their sins."
   --Tyndale.
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