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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  King  \King\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Kinged};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Kinging}).  ] 
  To  supply  with  a  king;  to  make  a  king  of  to  raise  to 
  royalty.  [R.]  --Shak. 
 
  Those  traitorous  captains  of  Israel  who  kinged 
  themselves  by  slaying  their  masters  and  reigning  in 
  their  stead.  --South. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  King  \King\  (k[i^]ng),  n. 
  A  Chinese  musical  instrument,  consisting  of  resonant  stones 
  or  metal  plates,  arranged  according  to  their  tones  in  a  frame 
  of  wood,  and  struck  with  a  hammer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  King  \King\,  n.[AS.  cyng,  cyning;  akin  to  OS  kuning,  D.  koning, 
  OHG.  kuning,  G.  k["o]nig,  Icel.  konungr  Sw  konung  Dan. 
  konge;  formed  with  a  patronymic  ending,  and  fr  the  root  of 
  E.  kin;  cf  Icel.  konr  a  man  of  noble  birth.  [root]44.  See 
  {Kin}.] 
  1.  A  chief  ruler;  a  sovereign;  one  invested  with  supreme 
  authority  over  a  nation,  country,  or  tribe,  usually  by 
  hereditary  succession;  a  monarch;  a  prince.  ``Ay,  every 
  inch  a  king.''  --Shak. 
 
  Kings  will  be  tyrants  from  policy,  when  subjects  are 
  rebels  from  principle.  --Burke. 
 
  There  was  a  State  without  king  or  nobles.  --R. 
  Choate. 
 
  But  yonder  comes  the  powerful  King  of  Day  Rejoicing 
  in  the  east  --Thomson. 
 
  2.  One  who  or  that  which  holds  a  supreme  position  or  rank; 
  a  chief  among  competitors;  as  a  railroad  king;  a  money 
  king;  the  king  of  the  lobby;  the  king  of  beasts. 
 
  3.  A  playing  card  having  the  picture  of  a  king;  as  the  king 
  of  diamonds. 
 
  4.  The  chief  piece  in  the  game  of  chess. 
 
  5.  A  crowned  man  in  the  game  of  draughts. 
 
  6.  pl  The  title  of  two  historical  books  in  the  Old 
  Testament. 
 
  Note:  King  is  often  used  adjectively,  or  in  combination,  to 
  denote  pre["e]minence  or  superiority  in  some 
  particular;  as  kingbird;  king  crow;  king  vulture. 
 
  {Apostolic  king}.See  {Apostolic}. 
 
  {King-at-arms},  or  {King-of-arms},  the  chief  heraldic  officer 
  of  a  country.  In  England  the  king-at-arms  was  formerly  of 
  great  authority.  His  business  is  to  direct  the  heralds, 
  preside  at  their  chapters,  and  have  the  jurisdiction  of 
  armory.  There  are  three  principal  kings-at-arms,  viz., 
  Garter,  Clarencieux,  and  Norroy.  The  latter  (literally 
  north  roy  or  north  king)  officiates  north  of  the  Trent. 
 
  {King  auk}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  little  auk  or  sea  dove. 
 
  {King  bird  of  paradise}.  (Zo["o]l.),  See  {Bird  of  paradise}. 
 
 
  {King  card},  in  whist,  the  best  unplayed  card  of  each  suit; 
  thus  if  the  ace  and  king  of  a  suit  have  been  played,  the 
  queen  is  the  king  card  of  the  suit. 
 
  {King  Cole},  a  legendary  king  of  Britain,  who  is  said  to  have 
  reigned  in  the  third  century. 
 
  {King  conch}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  and  handsome  univalve  shell 
  ({Cassis  cameo}),  found  in  the  West  Indies.  It  is  used  for 
  making  cameos.  See  {Helmet  shell},  under  {Helmet}. 
 
  {King  Cotton},  a  popular  personification  of  the  great  staple 
  production  of  the  southern  United  States. 
 
  {King  crab}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  limulus  or  horseshoe  crab.  See  {Limulus}. 
  b  The  large  European  spider  crab  or  thornback  ({Maia 
  squinado}). 
 
  {King  crow}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  A  black  drongo  shrike  ({Buchanga  atra})  of  India;  -- 
  so  called  because  while  breeding,  they  attack  and 
  drive  away  hawks,  crows,  and  other  large  birds. 
  b  The  {Dicrurus  macrocercus}  of  India,  a  crested  bird 
  with  a  long,  forked  tail.  Its  color  is  black,  with 
  green  and  blue  reflections.  Called  also  {devil  bird}. 
 
 
  {King  duck}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  and  handsome  eider  duck 
  ({Somateria  spectabilis}),  inhabiting  the  arctic  regions 
  of  both  continents. 
 
  {King  eagle}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  eagle  ({Aquila  heliaca})  found  in 
  Asia  and  Southeastern  Europe.  It  is  about  as  large  as  the 
  golden  eagle.  Some  writers  believe  it  to  be  the  imperial 
  eagle  of  Rome. 
 
  {King  hake}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  American  hake  ({Phycis  regius}), 
  fond  in  deep  water  along  the  Atlantic  coast. 
 
  {King  monkey}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  African  monkey  ({Colobus 
  polycomus}),  inhabiting  Sierra  Leone. 
 
  {King  mullet}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  West  Indian  red  mullet  ({Upeneus 
  maculatus});  --  so  called  on  account  of  its  great  beauty. 
  Called  also  {goldfish}. 
 
  {King  of  terrors},  death. 
 
  {King  parrakeet}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  handsome  Australian  parrakeet 
  ({Platycercys  scapulatus}),  often  kept  in  a  cage.  Its 
  prevailing  color  is  bright  red,  with  the  back  and  wings 
  bright  green,  the  rump  blue,  and  tail  black. 
 
  {King  penguin}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  large  species  of  penguin  of 
  the  genus  {Aptenodytes};  esp.,  {A.  longirostris},  of  the 
  Falkland  Islands  and  Kerguelen  Land,  and  {A.  Patagonica}, 
  of  Patagonia. 
 
  {King  rail}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  American  rail  ({Rallus 
  elegans}),  living  in  fresh-water  marshes.  The  upper  parts 
  are  fulvous  brown,  striped  with  black;  the  breast  is  deep 
  cinnamon  color. 
 
  {King  salmon}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  quinnat.  See  {Quinnat}. 
 
  {King's,  or  Queen's},  {counsel}  (Eng.  Law),  barristers 
  learned  in  the  law,  who  have  been  called  within  the  bar, 
  and  selected  to  be  the  king's  or  queen's  counsel.  They 
  answer  in  some  measure  to  the  advocates  of  the  revenue 
  (advocati  fisci)  among  the  Romans.  They  can  not  be 
  employed  against  the  crown  without  special  license. 
  --Wharton's  Law  Dict. 
 
  {King's  cushion},  a  temporary  seat  made  by  two  persons 
  crossing  their  hands.  [Prov.  Eng.]  --Halliwell. 
 
  {The  king's  English},  correct  or  current  language  of  good 
  speakers;  pure  English.  --Shak. 
 
  {King's  or  Queen's},  {evidence},  testimony  in  favor  of  the 
  Crown  by  a  witness  who  confesses  his  guilt  as  an 
  accomplice.  See  under  {Evidence}.  [Eng.] 
 
  {King's  evil},  scrofula;  --  so  called  because  formerly 
  supposed  to  be  healed  by  the  touch  of  a  king. 
 
  {King  snake}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  nearly  black,  harmless 
  snake  ({Ophiobolus  getulus})  of  the  Southern  United 
  States;  --  so  called  because  it  kills  and  eats  other  kinds 
  of  snakes,  including  even  the  rattlesnake. 
 
  {King's  spear}  (Bot.),  the  white  asphodel  ({Asphodelus 
  albus}). 
 
  {King's  yellow},  a  yellow  pigment,  consisting  essentially  of 
  sulphide  and  oxide  of  arsenic;  --  called  also  {yellow 
  orpiment}. 
 
  {King  tody}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  fly-catching  bird 
  ({Eurylaimus  serilophus})  of  tropical  America.  The  head  is 
  adorned  with  a  large  spreading,  fan-shaped  crest,  which 
  is  bright  red,  edged  with  black. 
 
  {King  vulture}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  species  of  vulture 
  ({Sarcorhamphus  papa}),  ranging  from  Mexico  to  Paraguay, 
  The  general  color  is  white.  The  wings  and  tail  are  black, 
  and  the  naked  carunculated  head  and  the  neck  are 
  briliantly  colored  with  scarlet,  yellow,  orange,  and  blue. 
  So  called  because  it  drives  away  other  vultures  while 
  feeding. 
 
  {King  wood},  a  wood  from  Brazil,  called  also  {violet  wood}, 
  beautifully  streaked  in  violet  tints,  used  in  turning  and 
  small  cabinetwork.  The  tree  is  probably  a  species  of 
  {Dalbergia}.  See  {Jacaranda}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  king 
  n  1:  a  male  sovereign;  ruler  of  a  kingdom  [syn:  {male  monarch}] 
  [ant:  {queen},  {queen}] 
  2:  a  competitor  who  holds  a  preeminent  position  [syn:  {world-beater}] 
  3:  a  very  wealthy  or  powerful  businessman:  "an  oil  baron"  [syn: 
  {baron},  {big  businessman},  {business  leader},  {magnate}, 
  {mogul},  {power},  {top  executive},  {tycoon}] 
  4:  1929-1968  [syn:  {King},  {Martin  Luther  King}] 
  5:  one  of  the  four  playing  cards  in  a  deck  bearing  the  picture 
  of  a  king 
  6:  weakest  but  most  important  chess  piece 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  King,  NC  (city,  FIPS  35760) 
  Location:  36.27798  N,  80.35761  W 
  Population  (1990):  4059  (1562  housing  units) 
  Area:  9.1  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  27021 
  King,  WI 
  Zip  code(s):  54946 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  King 
  is  in  Scripture  very  generally  used  to  denote  one  invested  with 
  authority,  whether  extensive  or  limited.  There  were  thirty-one 
  kings  in  Canaan  (Josh.  12:9,  24),  whom  Joshua  subdued. 
  Adonibezek  subdued  seventy  kings  (Judg.  1:7).  In  the  New 
  Testament  the  Roman  emperor  is  spoken  of  as  a  king  (1  Pet.  2:13, 
  17);  and  Herod  Antipas,  who  was  only  a  tetrarch,  is  also  called 
  a  king  (Matt.  14:9;  Mark  6:22). 
 
  This  title  is  applied  to  God  (1  Tim.  1:17),  and  to  Christ,  the 
  Son  of  God  (1  Tim.  6:15,  16;  Matt.  27:11).  The  people  of  God  are 
  also  called  kings"  (Dan.  7:22,  27;  Matt.  19:28;  Rev.  1:6, 
  etc.).  Death  is  called  the  "king  of  terrors"  (Job  18:14). 
 
  Jehovah  was  the  sole  King  of  the  Jewish  nation  (1  Sam.  8:7; 
  Isa.  33:22).  But  there  came  a  time  in  the  history  of  that  people 
  when  a  king  was  demanded,  that  they  might  be  like  other  nations 
  (1  Sam.  8:5).  The  prophet  Samuel  remonstrated  with  them  but  the 
  people  cried  out  "Nay,  but  we  will  have  a  king  over  us."  The 
  misconduct  of  Samuel's  sons  was  the  immediate  cause  of  this 
  demand. 
 
  The  Hebrew  kings  did  not  rule  in  their  own  right  nor  in  name 
  of  the  people  who  had  chosen  them  but  partly  as  servants  and 
  partly  as  representatives  of  Jehovah,  the  true  King  of  Israel  (1 
  Sam.  10:1).  The  limits  of  the  king's  power  were  prescribed  (1 
  Sam.  10:25).  The  officers  of  his  court  were  (1)  the  recorder  or 
  remembrancer  (2  Sam.  8:16;  1  Kings  4:3);  (2)  the  scribe  (2  Sam. 
  8:17;  20:25);  (3)  the  officer  over  the  house,  the  chief  steward 
  (Isa.  22:15);  (4)  the  "king's  friend,"  a  confidential  companion 
  (1  Kings  4:5);  (5)  the  keeper  of  the  wardrobe  (2  Kings  22:14); 
  (6)  captain  of  the  bodyguard  (2  Sam.  20:23);  (7)  officers  over 
  the  king's  treasures,  etc  (1  Chr.  27:25-31);  (8) 
  commander-in-chief  of  the  army  (1  Chr.  27:34);  (9)  the  royal 
  counsellor  (1  Chr.  27:32;  2  Sam.  16:20-23). 
 
  (For  catalogue  of  kings  of  Israel  and  Judah  see  chronological 
  table  in  Appendix.) 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  KING,  n.  A  male  person  commonly  known  in  America  as  a  "crowned  head," 
  although  he  never  wears  a  crown  and  has  usually  no  head  to  speak  of 
 
  A  king,  in  times  long,  long  gone  by 
  Said  to  his  lazy  jester: 
  "If  I  were  you  and  you  were  I 
  My  moments  merrily  would  fly  -- 
  Nor  care  nor  grief  to  pester." 
 
  "The  reason,  Sire,  that  you  would  thrive," 
  The  fool  said  --  "if  you'll  hear  it  -- 
  Is  that  of  all  the  fools  alive 
  Who  own  you  for  their  sovereign,  I've 
  The  most  forgiving  spirit." 
  Oogum  Bem 
 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  KING'S  :EVIL:,  n.  A  malady  that  was  formerly  cured  by  the  touch  of  the 
  sovereign,  but  has  now  to  be  treated  by  the  physicians.  Thus  'the 
  most  pious  Edward"  of  England  used  to  lay  his  royal  hand  upon  the 
  ailing  subjects  and  make  them  whole  -- 
 
  a  crowd  of  wretched  souls 
  That  stay  his  cure:  their  malady  convinces 
  The  great  essay  of  art;  but  at  his  touch, 
  Such  sanctity  hath  Heaven  given  his  hand, 
  They  presently  amend, 
 
  as  the  Doctor"  in  _Macbeth_  hath  it  This  useful  property  of  the 
  royal  hand  could  it  appears,  be  transmitted  along  with  other  crown 
  properties;  for  according  to  "Malcolm," 
 
  'tis  spoken 
  To  the  succeeding  royalty  he  leaves 
  The  healing  benediction. 
 
  But  the  gift  somewhere  dropped  out  of  the  line  of  succession:  the 
  later  sovereigns  of  England  have  not  been  tactual  healers,  and  the 
  disease  once  honored  with  the  name  "king's  evil"  now  bears  the  humbler 
  one  of  "scrofula,"  from  _scrofa_,  a  sow.  The  date  and  author  of  the 
  following  epigram  are  known  only  to  the  author  of  this  dictionary  but 
  it  is  old  enough  to  show  that  the  jest  about  Scotland's  national 
  disorder  is  not  a  thing  of  yesterday. 
 
  Ye  Kynge  his  evill  in  me  laye, 
  Wh  he  of  Scottlande  charmed  awaye. 
  He  layde  his  hand  on  mine  and  sayd: 
  "Be  gone!"  Ye  ill  no  longer  stayd. 
  But  O  ye  wofull  plyght  in  wh 
  I'm  now  y-pight:  I  have  ye  itche! 
 
  The  superstition  that  maladies  can  be  cured  by  royal  taction  is 
  dead,  but  like  many  a  departed  conviction  it  has  left  a  monument  of 
  custom  to  keep  its  memory  green.  The  practice  of  forming  a  line  and 
  shaking  the  President's  hand  had  no  other  origin,  and  when  that  great 
  dignitary  bestows  his  healing  salutation  on 
 
  strangely  visited  people, 
  All  swoln  and  ulcerous,  pitiful  to  the  eye, 
  The  mere  despair  of  surgery, 
 
  he  and  his  patients  are  handing  along  an  extinguished  torch  which  once 
  was  kindled  at  the  altar-fire  of  a  faith  long  held  by  all  classes  of 
  men.  It  is  a  beautiful  and  edifying  survival"  --  one  which  brings 
  the  sainted  past  close  home  in  our  "business  and  bosoms." 
 
 




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