keenness


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keen 1

 (kēn)
adj. keen·er, keen·est
1. Having a fine, sharp cutting edge or point.
2. Having or marked by intellectual quickness and acuity. See Synonyms at sharp.
3. Acutely sensitive: a keen ear.
4. Sharp; vivid; strong: "His entire body hungered for keen sensation, something exciting" (Richard Wright).
5. Intense or bracing: a keen wind.
6. Pungent; acrid: A keen smell of skunk was left behind.
7.
a. Ardent; enthusiastic: a keen chess player.
b. Eagerly desirous: keen on going to Europe in the spring.
8. Slang Great; splendid; fine: What a keen day!

[Middle English kene, from Old English cēne, brave.]

keen′ly adv.
keen′ness n.

keen 2

 (kēn)
n.
A loud wailing or lament for the dead.
intr.v. keened, keen·ing, keens
To wail in lamentation, especially for the dead. See Synonyms at cry.

[From Irish Gaelic caoineadh, from caonim, I lament, from Old Irish caínim, coínim, perhaps of Brittonic origin.]

keen′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.keenness - a quick and penetrating intelligencekeenness - a quick and penetrating intelligence; "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind"
intelligence - the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
steel trap - an acute intelligence (an analogy based on the well-known sharpness of steel traps); "he's as sharp as a steel trap"; "a mind like a steel trap"
2.keenness - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with somethingkeenness - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
enthusiasm - a feeling of excitement
ardor, ardour, elan, zeal - a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"
3.keenness - thinness of edge or fineness of point
acuteness - the quality of having a sharp edge or point
shape, configuration, conformation, contour, form - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"

keenness

keenness

noun
Translations
تَحَمُّس شديد، توقُّد الذِّهْن
energiiver
csípõsség
ákafi
heveskeskinlik

keenness

[ˈkiːnnɪs] N
1. (= sharpness) [of mind, sense of humour, eyesight] → agudeza f; [of blade] → lo afilado; [of wind] → lo cortante
2. (= intensity) → intensidad f
3. (= enthusiasm) → entusiasmo m

keenness

[ˈkiːnnɪs] n (= eagerness) → empressement m
What she lacks in ability she makes up for in keenness → Les compétences qui lui manquent, elle les compense par son empressement.
keenness to do sth → empressement à faire qch
She showed a great keenness to participate → Elle montrait un grand empressement à participer.

keenness

n
(of blade, mind, wind, sight)Schärfe f
(= enthusiasm)Begeisterung f; (of fan, supporter, golfer)Leidenschaftlichkeit f; (of applicant, learner)starkes Interesse; (= hardworking nature)Eifer m; his keenness to go is suspiciousdass er so unbedingt gehen will, ist verdächtig

keenness

[ˈkiːnnɪs] n (eagerness) → entusiasmo

keen

(kiːn) adjective
1. eager or enthusiastic. He is a keen golfer; I'm keen to succeed.
2. sharp. Her eyesight is as keen as ever.
3. (of wind etc) very cold and biting.
ˈkeenly adverb
ˈkeenness noun
keen on
very enthusiastic about, interested in or fond of. She's keen on sailing; She's been keen on that boy for years.
References in classic literature ?
Before they had proceeded many rods, the Indians stopped, and appeared to gaze at some signs on the earth with more than their usual keenness.
He seemed to use them rather as instruments to search other people's thoughts, than as agents to reveal his own: the which combination of keenness and reserve was considerably more calculated to embarrass than to encourage.
But, when his nephew, leaning an elbow on the table, covered his eyes thoughtfully and dejectedly with his hand, the fine mask looked at him sideways with a stronger concentration of keenness, closeness, and dislike, than was comportable with its wearer's assumption of indifference.
He felt that the eyes of Dorian Gray were fixed on him, and the consciousness that amongst his audience there was one whose temperament he wished to fascinate seemed to give his wit keenness and to lend colour to his imagination.
In writing it down I feel with only too much keenness the inadequacy of pen and ink --and, above all, my own inadequacy--to express its quality.
Besides, he gives evidence of great kindness of disposition, much keenness of wit, and as to suitability, M.
In encounters with guards and patrols he displayed the keenness of a detective and the valor of a gamin.
There was no keenness in the eyes; they seemed rather to be shedding love than making observations; they had the liquid look which tells that the mind is full of what it has to give out, rather than impressed by external objects.
He was as blithe and joyous as a young bird, and was staying the keenness of his morning's appetite by chewing the soft bark of a delicate branch he held in his hand, and he recommended the like to me as an admirable antidote against the gnawings of hunger.
Norris, and then at Fanny, whose tears were beginning to shew themselves, immediately said, with some keenness, "I do not like my situation: this place is too hot for me," and moved away her chair to the opposite side of the table, close to Fanny, saying to her, in a kind, low whisper, as she placed herself, "Never mind, my dear Miss Price, this is a cross evening: everybody is cross and teasing, but do not let us mind them"; and with pointed attention continued to talk to her and endeavour to raise her spirits, in spite of being out of spirits herself.
On his part, D'Artagnan, thanks to the keenness of his sight, had seen all, seized all.
Nor did his disgust and vexation cease when all hands had recovered from sea-sickness, and become accustomed to the ship, for now broke out an alarming keenness of appetite that threatened havoc to the provisions.