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11 definitions found
 for king
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are
              rebels from principle.                --Burke.
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              There was a State without king or nobles. --R.
                                                    Choate.
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              But yonder comes the powerful King of Day,
              Rejoicing in the east                 --Thomson.
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     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.
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     3. A playing card having the picture of a king[1]; as, the
        king of diamonds.
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     4. The chief piece in the game of chess.
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     5. A crowned man in the game of draughts.
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     6. pl. The title of two historical books in the Old
        Testament.
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     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.
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     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 (Zool.), the little auk or sea dove.
  
     King bird of paradise. (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), 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. (Zool.)
        (a) The limulus or horseshoe crab. See Limulus.
        (b) The large European spider crab or thornback ({Maia
            squinado).
        (c) A large crab of the northern Pacific ({Paralithodes
            camtshatica), especially abundant on the coasts of
            Alaska and Japan, and popular as a food; called also
            Alaskan king crab.
  
     King crow. (Zool.)
        (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 (Zool.), a large and handsome eider duck
        ({Somateria spectabilis), inhabiting the arctic regions
        of both continents.
  
     King+eagle+(Zool.),+an+eagle+({Aquila+heliaca">King eagle (Zool.), 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+(Zool.),+an+American+hake+({Phycis+regius">King hake (Zool.), an American hake ({Phycis regius),
        found in deep water along the Atlantic coast.
  
     King monkey (Zool.), an African monkey ({Colobus
        polycomus), inhabiting Sierra Leone.
  
     King mullet (Zool.), a West Indian red mullet ({Upeneus
        maculatus); -- so called on account of its great beauty.
        Called also goldfish.
  
     King of terrors, death.
  
     King parrakeet (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), any large species of penguin of the
        genus Aptenodytes; esp., Aptenodytes longirostris, of
        the Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Land, and Aptenodytes
        Patagonica, of Patagonia.
  
     King rail (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), the quinnat. See Quinnat.
  
     King's counsel, 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 evidence 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 (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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           Those traitorous captains of Israel who kinged
           themselves by slaying their masters and reigning in
           their stead.                             --South.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  king
      n 1: a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom [syn: king, male
           monarch, Rex] [ant: female monarch, queen, queen
           regnant]
      2: a competitor who holds a preeminent position [syn: king,
         queen, world-beater]
      3: a very wealthy or powerful businessman; "an oil baron" [syn:
         baron, big businessman, business leader, king,
         magnate, mogul, power, top executive, tycoon]
      4: preeminence in a particular category or group or field; "the
         lion is the king of beasts"
      5: United States woman tennis player (born in 1943) [syn:
         King, Billie Jean King, Billie Jean Moffitt King]
      6: United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in
         1925) [syn: King, B. B. King, Riley B King]
      7: United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist
         minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks
         (1929-1968) [syn: King, Martin Luther King, Martin
         Luther King Jr.]
      8: a checker that has been moved to the opponent's first row
         where it is promoted to a piece that is free to move either
         forward or backward
      9: one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture
         of a king
      10: (chess) the weakest but the most important piece

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  117 Moby Thesaurus words for "king":
     Muslim rulers, Prinz, ace, anointed king, atheling, banker, baron,
     best bower, big boss, big businessman, bishop, bower,
     business leader, businessman, captain of industry, cards, castle,
     chessman, chief, chieftain, clubs, crown prince, crowned head,
     czar, deck, deuce, diamonds, director, dummy, dynast,
     electronics king, emir, emperor, enterpriser, entrepreneur,
     face cards, financier, flush, full house, grand duke, hand, hearts,
     heir apparent, heir presumptive, high chief, honcho, imperator,
     industrialist, jack, joker, khan, king-emperor, kinglet, knave,
     knez, knight, lead, leading light, left bower, little businessman,
     lord paramount, luminary, magnate, majesty, man, man of commerce,
     manager, master spirit, merchant prince, mirza, mogul, monarch,
     overlord, pack, pair, paramount, pawn, petty king, picture cards,
     piece, playing cards, potentate, prima donna, prince,
     prince consort, prince regent, princeling, princes of India,
     principal, queen, regent, rook, round, royal, royal flush,
     royal personage, royalty, rubber, ruff, ruler, shahzada, sheikh,
     sherif, singleton, sovereign, spades, star, straight, superstar,
     suzerain, tetrarch, top dog, top executive, trey, trick, trump,
     tycoon
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  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 Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  KING. The chief magistrate of a kingdom, vested usually with the executive 
  power. 
       2. The following table of the reigns of English and British kings and 
  queens, commencing with the Reports, is added, to assist the student in many 
  points of chronology. 
                                     Accession.
   Henry III.............................................. 1216
   Edward I............................................... 1272
   Edward II.............................................. 1307
   Edward III............................................. 1307
   Richard II............................................. 1377
   Henry IV..............................................  1399
   Henry V...............................................  1413
   Henry VI..............................................  1422
   Edward IV.............................................  1461
   Edward V..............................................  1483
   Richard III...........................................  1483
   Henry VII.............................................  1485
   Henry VIII............................................  1509
   Edward VI.............................................  1547
   Mary..................................................  1553
   Elizabeth.............................................  1558
   James I...............................................  1603
   Charles I.............................................  1625
   Charles II............................................  1660
   James II..............................................  1685
   William III...........................................  1689
   Anne..................................................  1702
   George I..............................................  1714
   George II.............................................  1727
   George III............................................  1760
   George IV.............................................  1820
   William IV............................................  1830
   Victoria..............................................  1837
   Vide article Reports.
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  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 U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  King -- U.S. County in Texas
     Population (2000):    356
     Housing Units (2000): 174
     Land area (2000):     912.292416 sq. miles (2362.826410 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    1.036858 sq. miles (2.685451 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    913.329274 sq. miles (2365.511861 sq. km)
     Located within:       Texas (TX), FIPS 48
     Location:             33.605457 N, 100.254446 W
     Headwords:
      King
      King, TX
      King County
      King County, TX
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  King -- U.S. County in Washington
     Population (2000):    1737034
     Housing Units (2000): 742237
     Land area (2000):     2126.044382 sq. miles (5506.429437 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    180.483991 sq. miles (467.451370 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    2306.528373 sq. miles (5973.880807 sq. km)
     Located within:       Washington (WA), FIPS 53
     Location:             47.548745 N, 122.196851 W
     Headwords:
      King
      King, WA
      King County
      King County, WA
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  King, NC -- U.S. city in North Carolina
     Population (2000):    5952
     Housing Units (2000): 2438
     Land area (2000):     5.213622 sq. miles (13.503218 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.001845 sq. miles (0.004778 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    5.215467 sq. miles (13.507996 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            35760
     Located within:       North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
     Location:             36.273555 N, 80.353460 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     27021
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      King, NC
      King
  

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