|1.||range of knowledge or perception (esp in the phrases beyondorin one's ken)|
|—vb , kens, kenning, kenned, kent|
|2.||dialect (Scot), (Northern English) to know|
|3.||dialect (Scot), (Northern English) to understand; perceive|
|4.||archaic (tr) to see|
|[Old English cennan; related to Old Norse kenna to perceive, Old High German kennen to make known; see |
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concise compound or figurative phrase replacing a common noun, especially in Old Germanic, Old Norse, and Old English poetry. A kenning is commonly a simple stock compound such as "whale-path" or "swan road" for "sea," "God's beacon" for "sun," or "ring-giver" for "king."
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