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kermis in the Netherlands and Belgium, an outdoor fair or carnival. [2 definitions]
kern in composing type, to reduce the space between (certain characters). [2 definitions]
kernel the seed contained within the husk of a nut or the stone of a fruit. [4 definitions]
kerning in composing type, a method of reducing the space between certain characters.
kerogen a substance found in certain sedimentary rocks, esp. shale, from which shale oil can be produced.
kerosene a thin liquid fuel obtained by distilling petroleum, coal shale, or the like.
Kerry blue terrier any of a breed of small dog with a long, narrow head, a soft, wavy bluish gray coat, and an erect, docked tail.
kersey a heavy, smooth twilled cloth of wool or wool and cotton, used esp. for coats and uniforms. [2 definitions]
kestrel a small grayish red European falcon that hovers in the air with its head to the wind. [2 definitions]
ketch a sailing vessel with two masts, the larger one forward and the smaller one aft just ahead of the rudder.
ketchup a thick sauce for meat or potatoes, usu. made with tomato purée and spices.
ketoacidosis low blood pH due to high levels of ketone bodies in the blood, esp. occurring in cases of diabetes, alcoholism, and starvation.
ketone a highly reactive organic chemical compound containing a carbonyl group linked to two hydrocarbon radicals.
ketosis the excessive accumulation of ketones in the body.
kettle a broad, deep container in which to boil liquids, esp. water or soup; pot. [3 definitions]
kettledrum a large, deep, resonant drum, hemispherical in shape and usu. played with soft mallets.
kettle of fish (informal) an awkward, difficult, or embarrassing situation.
keV a unit of energy equal to one thousand electron-volts; kiloelectron volt.
Kewpie trademark for a small doll with plump rosy cheeks and large eyes.
key1 a notched or grooved object, usu. metal, that can open or close locks. [8 definitions]
key2 a low island near shore, as off the southern coast of Florida.