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Ken (noun)

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Ken. n.s. [from the verb.] View; reach of sight.

Lo! within a ken, our army lies. Shakesp. Henry IV.

When from the mountain top Pisanio shew'd thee,
Thou wast within a ken.
Shakesp. Cymbeline.

                                It was a hill
Of paradise the highest; from whose top
The hemisphere of earth, in clearest ken,
Stretch'd out to th' amplest reach of prospect, lay.

                            He soon
Saw within ken a glorious angel stand.

Rude, as their ships, was navigation then;
No useful compass or meridian known:
Coasting they kept the land within their ken,
And knew the North but when the pole-star shone.

When we consider the reasons we have to think, that what lies within our ken is but a small part of the universe, we shall discover an huge abyss of ignorance. Locke.

Sources: Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (72) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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