- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- Sexual intercourse; -- usually preceded by carnal; same as carnal knowledge.synonyms: See Wisdom.
Etymology: 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. lāc, Goth. laiks dance. See Know, and cf. Lake (v. i.) Lark a frolic