Definitions for: Knowledge

[n] the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]
1. The act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact,
truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance;

Knowledge, which is the highest degree of the
speculative faculties, consists in the perception of
the truth of affirmative or negative propositions.

2. That which is or may be known; the object of an act of
knowing; a cognition; -- chiefly used in the plural.

There is a great difference in the delivery of the
mathematics, which are the most abstracted of
knowledges. --Bacon.

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.

To use a word of Bacon's, now unfortunately
obsolete, we must determine the relative value of
knowledges. --H. Spencer.

3. That which is gained and preserved by knowing;
instruction; acquaintance; enlightenment; learning;
scholarship; erudition.

Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. --1 Cor.
viii. 1.

Ignorance is the curse of God; - Knowledge, the wing
wherewith we fly to heaven. --Shak.

4. That familiarity which is gained by actual experience;
practical skill; as, a knowledge of life.

Shipmen that had knowledge of the sea. --1 Kings ix.

5. Scope of information; cognizance; notice; as, it has not
come to my knowledge.

Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou
shouldst take knowledge of me? --Ruth ii. 10.

6. Sexual intercourse; -- usually preceded by carnal; as,
carnal knowledge.

Syn: See Wisdom.

Knowl"edge, v. t.
To acknowledge. [Obs.] ``Sinners which knowledge their
sins.'' --Tyndale.

Synonyms: cognition, noesis

See Also: ability, attitude, brain, cognitive content, cognitive factor, cognitive operation, cognitive process, content, equivalent, general knowledge, head, history, inability, information, lexicon, lexis, mental attitude, mental lexicon, mental object, mental process, mind, nous, operation, perception, place, power, practice, process, psyche, psychological feature, public knowledge, structure, unconscious process, vocabulary

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