Knowledge

Definition of Knowledge

Knowl´edge
n.1.
1.The act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact, truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance; cognition.
Knowledge, which is the highest degree of the speculative faculties, consists in the perception of the truth of affirmative or negative propositions.
- Locke.
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. Hamilton.
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. 27.
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; same as carnal knowledge.
v. t.1.To acknowledge.

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