4 letter word starting with ke

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keck verb i. To heave or to retch, as in an effort to vomit., An effort to vomit; queasiness.
keel verb t. & i. To cool; to skim or stir., A brewer’s cooling vat; a keelfat., A longitudinal timber, or series of timbers scarfed together, extending from stem to stern along the bottom of a vessel. It is the principal timber of the vessel, and, by means of the ribs attached on each side, supports the vessel’s frame. In an iron vessel, a combination of plates supplies the place of the keel of a wooden ship. See Illust. of Keelson., Fig.: The whole ship., A barge or lighter, used on the Type for carrying coal from Newcastle; also, a barge load of coal, twenty-one tons, four cwt., The two lowest petals of the corolla of a papilionaceous flower, united and inclosing the stamens and pistil; a carina. See Carina., A projecting ridge along the middle of a flat or curved surface., To traverse with a keel; to navigate., To turn up the keel; to show the bottom.
keen superl. Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge., Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features., Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm., Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; — applied to cold, wind, etc, ; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen., Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite., To sharpen; to make cold., A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach., To wail as a keener does.
kept imp. & past participle of Keep, of Keep.
keep verb t. To care; to desire., To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let go of; to retain in one’s power or possession; not to lose; to retain; to detain., To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor., To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of., To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard., To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret., To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend., To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc. ; also, to enter (as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book., To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store., To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders., To have in one’s service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc., To have habitually in stock for sale., To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to keep silence; to keep one’s word; to keep possession., To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to neglect; to be faithful to., To confine one’s self to; not to quit; to remain in; as, to keep one’s house, room, bed, etc. ; hence, to haunt; to frequent., To observe duty, as a festival, etc. ; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast., To remain in any position or state; to continue; to abide; to stay; as, to keep at a distance; to keep aloft; to keep near; to keep in the house; to keep before or behind; to keep in favor; to keep out of company, or out reach., To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired., To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell., To take care; to be solicitous; to watch., To be in session; as, school keeps to-day., The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge., The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep., The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse., That which keeps or protects; a stronghold; a fortress; a castle; specifically, the strongest and securest part of a castle, often used as a place of residence by the lord of the castle, especially during a siege; the donjon. See Illust. of Castle., That which is kept in charge; a charge., A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place.
keir noun See Kier.
keld adjective Having a kell or covering; webbed.
kele verb t. To cool.
kell noun A kiln., A sort of pottage; kale. See Kale, 2., The caul; that which covers or envelops as a caul; a net; a fold; a film., The cocoon or chrysalis of an insect.
kelp noun The calcined ashes of seaweed, — formerly much used in the manufacture of glass, now used in the manufacture of iodine., Any large blackish seaweed.
kelt noun See Kilt, n., Cloth with the nap, generally of native black wool., A salmon after spawning., Same as Celt, one of Celtic race.
kemb verb t. To comb.
kemp noun Alt. of Kempty
keno noun A gambling game, a variety of the game of lotto, played with balls or knobs, numbered, and cards also numbered.
kerb noun See Curb.
kerf noun A notch, channel, or slit made in any material by cutting or sawing.
kerl noun See Carl.
kern noun A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; — distinguished from gallowglass, and often used as a term of contempt., Any kind of boor or low-lived person., An idler; a vagabond., A part of the face of a type which projects beyond the body, or shank., To form with a kern. See 2d Kern., A churn., A hand mill. See Quern., To harden, as corn in ripening., To take the form of kernels; to granulate.
kers noun Alt. of Kerse
kess verb t. To kiss.
kest imp. of Cast.