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To KE’NNEL. v.n.

To KE'NNEL. v.n.

To KE’NNEL. v.n. [from kennel.] To lie; to dwell: used of
beasts, and of man in contempt.
Yet, when they list, would creep,
If ought disturb’d their noise, into her womb,
And kennel there; yet there still bark’d and howl’d
Within, unseen. Milton’s Par. Lost, b. ii.
The dog kennelled in a hollow tree, and the cock roosted
upon the boughs. L’Estrange’s Fables.

To KE’ELHALE. v.a.

To KE'ELHALE. v.a.

To KE’ELHALE. v.a. [keel and hale.] To punish in the sea-
mens way, by dragging the criminal under water on one side
of the ship and up again on the other.

KE’EPER of the great seal

KE'EPER of the great seal.

KE’EPER of the great seal. [custos magni sigilli, Latin.] Is a lord
by his office, and called lord keeper of the great seal of Eng-
land, &c. and is of the king’s prviy-council, under whose
hands pass all charters, commissions, and grants of the king,
strengthened by the great or broad seal, without which seal
all such instruments of law are of no force; for the king is,
in interpretation and intendment of law, a corporation, and
therefore passeth nothing firmly, but under the great seal.
This lord keeper, by the statute of 5 Eliz. c. 18. hath the
like jurisdiction, and all other advantages, as hath the lord
chancellor of England. Cowell.

KEE.

KEE

KEE, the provincial plural of cow, properly kine.
A lass that Cic’ly hight had won his heart,
Cic’ly the western lass that tends the kee. Gay’s Past.

KAM. adj.

KAM. adj.

KAM. adj. Crooked.
Kam, in Erse, is squint-eyed, and applied to any thing
awry: clean kam signifies crooked, athwart, awry, cross from
the purpose. A-schembo, Italian, hence our English a-kimbo.
Clean kam is, by vulgar pronunciation, brought to kim kam.
The blood he hath lost, he dropt it for his country:
And what is left, to lose it by his country,
Were to us all that do’t and suffer it,
A brand to th’end o’ th’ world.
–This is clean kam.
Meerly awry. Shakespeare.