Kenning

Noun

  • (obsolete) Sight; view; a distant view at sea.
  • As little as one can recognise or discriminate; a small portion; a little.

    "put in a kenning of salt"

  • A metaphorical phrase used in Germanic poetry (especially Old English or Old Norse) whereby a simple thing is described in an allusive way, such as ‘whale road’ for ‘sea’, or ‘enemy of the mast’ for ‘wind’.
  • (obsolete) Range or extent of vision, especially at sea; (by extension) a marine measure of approximately twenty miles.
  • The tread of an egg; cicatricula.

Verb

  • present participle of ken

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