Webster 1913 Edition
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.
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
Knowledgesis 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
That which is gained and preserved by knowing; instruction; acquaintance; enlightenment; learning; scholarship; erudition.
Knowledgepuffeth up, but charity edifieth.
1 Cor. viii. 1.
Ignorance is the curse of God;
Knowledge, the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
That familiarity which is gained by actual experience; practical skill;
Shipmen that had
knowledgeof the sea.
1 Kings ix. 27.
Scope of information; cognizance; notice;
as, it has not come to my.
Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldst take
Ruth ii. 10.
Syn. – See
[Obs.]“Sinners which knowledge their sins.”
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of truth and fact; the perception of the connection and agreement, or disagreement and repugnancy of our ideas.
We can have no knowledge of that which does not exist. God has a perfect knowledge of all his works. Human knowledge is very limited, and is mostly gained by observation and experience.
2.Learning; illumination of mind.
Ignorance is the curse of God, knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
3.Skill; as a knowledge of seamanship.
4.Acquaintance with any fact or person. I have no knowledge of the man or thing.
5.Cognizance; notice. Ruth 2.
6.Information; power of knowing.
7.Sexual intercourse. But it is usual to prefix carnal; as carnal knowledge.