Definition of Knowledge

1. Noun. The psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning.

Definition of Knowledge

1. n. The act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact, truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance; cognition.

2. v. t. To acknowledge.

Definition of Knowledge

1. Proper noun. A course of study which must be completed by prospective London taxi drivers; consists of 320 routes through central London and many significant places. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) Acknowledgement. (defdate 14th-16th c.) ¹

3. Noun. The fact of knowing about something; general understanding or familiarity with a subject, place, situation etc. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

4. Noun. Awareness of a particular fact or situation; a state of having been informed or made aware of something. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

5. Noun. Intellectual understanding; the state of appreciating truth or information. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

6. Noun. Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning etc. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

7. Noun. (archaic or legal) Sexual intimacy or intercourse (now usually in phrase (term carnal knowledge)). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

8. Noun. (obsolete) Information or intelligence about something; notice. (defdate 15th-18th c.) ¹

9. Noun. The total of what is known; all information and products of learning. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

10. Noun. Something that can be known; a branch of learning; a piece of information; a science. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

11. Noun. (obsolete) Notice, awareness. (defdate 17th c.) ¹

12. Verb. (obsolete) To confess as true; to acknowledge. (defdate 13th-17th c.) ¹

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Definition of Knowledge

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Medical Definition of Knowledge

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; as, carnal knowledge. Synonym: See Wisdom. Origin: 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. Lac, Goth. Laiks dance. See Know, and cf. Lake, Lark a frolic. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Knowledge

knowing someone in the biblical sense
knowledge base
knowledge domain
knowledge is power
knowledge management
knowledge map
knowledge of results
knowledge worker
knowledgeable about(p)

Literary usage of Knowledge

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"L he ness, of our different clearness of our knowledge seems to me to lie in ... For in this the mind is at no pains of proving 1 My knowledge, in short, ..."

2. Leviathan ; Or, The Matter, Forme & Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiasticall by Thomas Hobbes, Alfred Rayney Waller (1904)
"Of the Severall SUBJECTS of Knowledge. THere are of Knowledge two kinds; whereof one is Knowledge of Fact: the other Knowledge of the Consequence of one ..."

3. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (1901)
"In respect of time, therefore, no knowledge of ours is antecedent to experience, ... But, though all our knowledge begins with experience, it by no means ..."

4. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin (1921)
"For we cannot with propriety say, there is any Knowledge of God where there is no ... I have no reference here to that species of knowledge by which men, ..."

5. Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education by John Dewey (1916)
"The notion that knowledge is derived from a higher source ... Knowledge, on the other hand, existed for its own sake free from practical reference, ..."

6. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine, Thomas, Edward Bouverie Pusey, William Benham (1909)
"The greater and more complete thy knowledge, the more severely shalt thou be judged ... Therefore be not lifted up by any skill or knowledge that thou hast; ..."

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