To Ken. v.a. [cnnan, Saxon; kennan, Dutch, to know.]
- To see at a distance; to descry.
At once as far as angels ken, he views
The dismal situation, waste and wild. Milton's Par. Lost.
The next day about evening we saw, within a kenning, before us thick clouds, which did put us in some hope of land. Bacon's New Atlantis.
If thou ken'st from far,
Among the Pleiads, a new-kindled star;
'Tis she that shines in that propitious light. Dryden.
We ken them from afar, the setting sun
Plays on their shining arms. Addison.
- To know.
'Tis he, I ken the manner of his gate. Shakesp.
Now plain I ken whence love his rise begun:
Sure he was born some bloody butcher's son,
Bred up in shambles. Gay's Past.