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keen

Definitions

  • Smart Girl to keen motorist
    Smart Girl to keen motorist
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj keen having a sharp cutting edge or point "a keen blade"
    • adj keen painful as if caused by a sharp instrument "a cutting wind","keen winds","knifelike cold","piercing knifelike pains","piercing cold","piercing criticism","a stabbing pain","lancinating pain"
    • adj keen very good "he did a bully job","a neat sports car","had a great time at the party","you look simply smashing"
    • adj keen intense or sharp "suffered exquisite pain","felt exquisite pleasure"
    • adj keen having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions "an acute observer of politics and politicians","incisive comments","icy knifelike reasoning","as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang","penetrating insight","frequent penetrative observations"
    • v keen express grief verbally "we lamented the death of the child"
    • n keen a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: African heart-nosed bats can have such a keen sense of sound that they can hear the footsteps of a beetle walking on sand from six feet away
    • n Keen A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach.
    • Keen Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features. "To make our wits more keen .""Before the keen inquiry of her thought."
    • Keen Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm. "Good father cardinal, cry thou amen
      To my keen curses."
    • Keen Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite. "Of full kene will.""So keen and greedy to confound a man."
    • Keen Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc.; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen. "Breasts the keen air, and carols as he goes."
    • Keen Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge. "A bow he bare and arwes [arrows] bright and kene .""That my keen knife see not the wound it makes."
    • v. t Keen To sharpen; to make cold. "Cold winter keens the brightening flood."
    • v. i Keen To wail as a keener does.
    • Keen Wonderful; delightful; marvelous; as, that would be keen .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The ichneumon fly has a sense of smell so keen that it can locate a caterpillar deep inside a tree trunk.
    • keen Bold; daring; brave; active: applied to men.
    • keen Grim; fierce; savage; rapacious: applied to wild animals.
    • keen Vehement; earnest; eager; ardent; fierce; animated by or showing strong feeling or desire: as, a keen fighter; to be keen at a bargain.
    • keen Such as to cut or penetrate easily; having a very sharp point or edge; sharp; acute: as, a keen edge.
    • keen Sharp or irritating to the body or the mind; acutely harsh or painful; biting; stinging; tingling.
    • keen Having a cutting or incisive character or effect; penetrating; vigorous; energetic; vivid; intense: as, keen eyes; a keen look; a keen rebuke; keen-witted.
    • keen Having or manifesting great mental acuteness; characterized by great quickness or penetration of thought; sharply perceptive: as, a keen logician or debater; keen insight.
    • keen To make keen or sharp; sharpen.
    • keen To chap, as the hands.
    • n keen A loud lamentation made over the dead; a wailing.
    • keen To make a loud lamentation over the dead; lament; wail.
    • keen To wail over any loss, or in anticipation of loss.
    • n keen The angle to which the wire tooth of card-clothing is bent between the foundation material and the point.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Keen kēn eager: sharp, having a fine edge: piercing: acute of mind: penetrating: intense
    • n Keen kēn a lamentation over the dead
    • v.i Keen to wail over the dead
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Quotations

  • Napoleon Hill
    Napoleon%20Hill
    “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”
  • Edgar F. Roberts
    Edgar F. Roberts
    “Every human mind is a great slumbering power until awakened by a keen desire and by definite resolution to do.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.”
  • W. H. Auden
    W.%20H.%20Auden
    “To the man-in-the-street, who, I'm sorry to say, is a keen observer of life. The word Intellectual suggests straight away. A man who's untrue to his wife.”
  • Jessie B. Fremont
    Jessie B. Fremont
    “Unexplained joy is always so keen that... it seems to hold enough to reconcile one to the inevitable.”

Idioms

Keen as mustard - (UK) If someone is very enthusiastic, they are as keen as mustard.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. kene, sharp, bold, AS. cēne, bold; akin to D. koen, OHG. kuoni, G. kühn, OSw. kyn, kön, Icel. kænn, for kœnn, wise; perh. akin to E. ken, can, to be able. √45

Usage

In literature:

On such a day the pioneers were keenly conscious of their isolation.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
He had become a cold, keen, strong-headed, selfish cynic.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
Procope, a keen-witted merchant, made his appeal to a higher class of patrons than did Pascal and those who first followed him.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
His eyes were keen and gray, his teeth fine and white, and his expression stern.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
She always thought of him with that black, keen, blind head.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
She felt so keenly about it that she could hardly bring herself to speak of the dreaded hour to her husband.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
His keen eyes took Pan's measure in one glance.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
The girl especially watched him with keen interest.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
He had lived in the wilds, his senses were keen, and sometimes he received unconsciously impressions of minute noises.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
And the rancher's information and remarks, and keen, incisive questions, set the newcomer wondering.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
His square, heavy-jawed, smooth-shaven face was lighted by hard, keen eyes, and finished by an uncompromising chin.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
He kept on, half-turned in the saddle, watching his pursuer keenly.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
Gaylord was always keen on dinner invitations.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
In like manner Northrup, now, was aware of a painful keenness of his senses.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
His keen eyes were studying the other's face.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
The keen eye of the young man looked with hers, and found the reason for the sudden scene.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
Straightened in his chair and fixing a keen glance upon her face, he began his attack.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
When I take the handkerchief off, my sight is so keen it goes straight through everything.
"Czechoslovak Fairy Tales" by Parker Fillmore
The keen scent, the keen eyes, the keen ears warn it of an enemy's approach.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
He looked keenly at the young man, but in his eyes there appeared a humorous twinkle, as if he admired his audacity.
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

Ah, would what binds me could have been
Thus loosened at a touch!
This pain of living is too keen,
Of loving, is too much.
"Cambridge in the Long" by Amy Levy
Ah! 'tis too much! I cannot bear
At once so soft, so keen a ray:
In pity then, my lovely fair,
O turn those killing eyes away!
"To Myra" by James Thomson
Fear not, doubt not because of those
On whom earth's keen winds blow;
God's love shames all our pitying woes,
Be ready thou to go.
"To G. M. T." by George MacDonald
The moonlight waned, and shadows thick
Went keening on the storm--
Ah! for the quiet that was quick,
The cold heart that was warm!
"In The Storm" by Thomas MacDonagh
“’Still youthful manhood, fresh and keen,
At danger gazed with awed delight
As if sea would not drown, I ween,
Nor serpent bite.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Though late the hour, and keen the blast,
That whistles round him now,
Those raven locks are backward cast,
To cool his burning brow.
"Call Me Away" by Anne Bronte

In news:

KEEN Aims to Set Record for Most Recesses in One Day.
Already he had developed a keen understanding of popular habits and the Dallas scene.
This is especially odd given that one could surmise that his talent is not based on some special psychic sense, but on simply being a keen observer.
Capshaw wants an LDC screen in front of the Pavilion to promote upcoming shows to concert goers, but the BAR isn't keen on it.
Live In Keene with Dayton Duncan ( Rebroadcast ).
A keen understanding of the market and your choices can help keep you on schedule.
I'm not keen on rehearsing .
Slugger keen for big season.
Keene, NY, Jul 17, 2012 — State forest rangers battled a small forest fire on an Adirondack high peak from the ground and from the air on Monday.
Opera, and Little Red Riding Hood, comes to Keene.
Stanley Meltzoff exhibit offers rare look at artist's keen view of the sea.
Burgess keen for battle to resume with roomie .
Keene Valley — Corey Roth crossed the finish line in a time of 17:50 to win the Rutabaga Run Sept 23 in Keene Valley.
The third annual Great Adirondack Rutabaga Festival was held recently in Keene and included several competitions.
Robert Earl Keen's Scriptorium .
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In science:

From these three observations, the author believes that a keen reader should be able to derive the rest of the paper! 2.2 Definition of piecewise We will start with a relatively simple case of piecewisedefined function, one which is defined on a unique linearly ordered domain.
A canonical form for some piecewise defined functions
As this pro ject has matured, the shared interests of high energy and nuclear physics have become more and more clear. A keen appreciation of theoretical efforts in the full range of QCD has characterized the RHIC pro ject from the start, and has stimulated ideas which are equally relevant to the high energy program.
Summary: Working Group on QCD and Strong Interactions
This is the reason why we were keen to verify immediately that the same notion of prolongation exists in our affine set-up.
Lie algebroid structures on a class of affine bundles
A physicist keen on a particular model begins by selecting the appropriate final state (Final State) in the interface in Fig. 3.
Quaero: Motivation, Summary, Status
Once the experimental results related with this quantity is obtained, it will be a keen test of fourth generation model.
A Simple Approach to Fourth Generation Effects in $B\to X_s \ell^+ \ell^-$ Decay
They had just developed the first supergravity grand unified model in collaboration with Ali Chamseddine and were very keen to know if grand unified theories could be formulated on the lattice.
Phenomenology using lattice QCD
The field circa 1970 seemed to reflect Einstein’s own attitudes: although he was not ignorant of experiment, and indeed had a keen insight into the workings of the physical world, he felt that the bottom line was the theory.
Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary
Thus magnetic properties of thin films are of keen interest.
Orbital ordering and enhanced magnetic frustration of strained BiMnO3 thin films
Keene et al. (1985) have pioneered this field by mapping the atomic carbon line across the edge of two well known PDRs, S 140 and M 17.
The Horsehead nebula, a template source for interstellar physics and chemistry
We hope the reader is keen to learn more after finishing this introduction.
Group theory in cryptography
We keenly await further results from BaBar and Belle, which should soon appear.
Photon 2009 - Experimental Summary
We all look forward keenly to the next conference in the Photon series.
Photon 2009 - Experimental Summary
Let us now consider the possible relevance of all this to the computation of relativistic atomic structure, one of Ingvar Lindgren’s keen interests.
What is the Force between Electrons?
Andrej Cadez for his keen interest, encouragement and support.
Test Evolution of Non-Axisymmetric Gravitational Waves
In recent years social and computer scientists have taken a keen interest in studying ant colony behaviour in order to help solve problems in their own fields.
Complexity: An Introduction
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