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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Ken


KEN, verb transitive [Latin canus, white, caneo, to be white, and this with Latin cano, to sing, canto, Eng. to cant, to chant; Latin gigno.]

1. To see at a distance; to descry.

We ken them from afar.

2. To know; to understand. [This verb is used chiefly in poetry.]

KEN, verb intransitive To look round.

KEN, noun View; reach of sight.

Coasting they kept the land within their ken