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Short Definition : tube in which patterns made by the reflection in mirrors of colored pieces of glass, etc. produce interesting symmetrical effects; series of changing events; Ex. kaleidoscope of European history; CF.

(noun) a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes Definition
(noun) an optical toy in a tube; it produces symmetrical patterns as bits of colored glass are reflected by mirrors
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for kaleidoscope

"kaleidoscope" derives from (kalos)means "beautiful" + (eidos) means" shape"+(skopeô) means "to look at or to examine"; So the total meaning is "observer of beautiful forms.

relate it to the microscope or telescope , we look through both of them to see things ,, or colors ,,whatever :)

"collide" oscope We look into the cylinder to see the peices collide together

are you keen to gain ken?


Short Definition : range of knowledge; Ex. beyond one's ken

(noun) range of what one can know or understand
Synonyms : cognizance
Example Sentence
  • beyond my ken
(noun) the range of vision
Synonyms : sight
Example Sentence
  • out of sight of land
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ken

ken reminds us of Kennedy=John F Kennedy. What a great range of knowledge he had!!!

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ken sounds like "can" (v: able, n: container). A combination of these is: "able to understand" i.e., range of knowledge.

In china, if you have ken you can earn a lot of yen (money)

ken is very similar to den which means place where wild animal live. So, if one having good ken (range of knowledge) won't go to the den.

the only knowledge kenny from southpark had was of sex

If someone is akin to you, you recognize, identify, have knowledge about him.

I cant understand this. This pepsi can business is beyond my ken.

pen - used to learn more knowledge


Short Definition : central or vital part; core; whole seed (as of corn)

(noun) the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone
Synonyms : meat
Example Sentence
  • black walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell
(noun) a single whole grain of a cereal
Example Sentence
  • a kernel of corn
(noun) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
Example Sentence
  • the gist of the prosecutor's argument
  • the heart and soul of the Republican Party
  • the nub of the story
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for kernel

kernel sounds similar to colonel. In an army the colonel has an importance of being the central authority.

Sounds like KERNEL DEBUGGER in the computer system which is the core

"kernel" is the CENTRAL part of an operating system (computers)


Short Definition : grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others

(noun) someone who spoils the pleasure of others
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for killjoy

kill+joy....... kill here means spoil .+ others joy means.....to spoil others pleasure....


Short Definition : start a fire; ignite; inspire; arouse

(verb) catch fire
Synonyms : inflame
Example Sentence
  • The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles
(verb) cause to start burning
Example Sentence
  • The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds
(verb) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
Example Sentence
  • arouse pity
  • raise a smile
  • evoke sympathy
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for kindle

kindle sounds like CANDLE..which when lighted can cause something to catch fire.

One had to be KIND in encouraging/inspiring KIDS , other meaning of kindle, inspiring, encourage

kindle sounds like CANDLE; We had a Valentine's Day dinner by candlelight, not to kindle romance but to save electricity.

with the introduction of KINDLE, AMAZON "Kindled" a fire in the market for E-book Readers. (KINDLE is a trademark name for the popular Amazon's E-Book reader)


Short Definition : related; belonging to the same group; similar in nature or character; Ex. kindred languages; N: relative; kin; kinship

(noun) group of people related by blood or marriage Definition
(adj) similar in quality or character
Synonyms : akin
Example Sentence
  • a feeling akin to terror
  • kindred souls
  • the amateur is closely related to the collector
(adj) related by blood or marriage
Example Sentence
  • kindred clans
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for kindred

all of them are 'kind' 'red' indians ..... so they belong to one community / group share kinship

focus on kind...so you are kind with your realatives...(blood relations -red )

there are different kinds of red indians but they all belong to the same group.

this is simple kind + red (red means blooad) . people with blood of same kinds. kinda the meaning too.

its like kindergarden school for small children of same age group


Short Definition : producing motion; of motion

(adj) relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces associated therewith
Example Sentence
  • kinetic energy
(adj) characterized by motion
Example Sentence
  • modern dance has been called kinetic pantomime
(adj) supplying motive force
Synonyms : energising energizing
Example Sentence
  • the complex civilization of which Rome was the kinetic center
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for kinetic

kinetic honda..

active movement in the kindergarten

active genetic movement


Short Definition : fate; destiny; Ex. Kismet is the Arabic word for fate.

(noun) (Islam) the will of Allah
Synonyms : kismat
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for kismet

sounds like kismat..word in hindi..so kismet means kismat...luck...

By a twist of "FATE" they "MET" and "KISS"ed after 50 years of being apart

KISS+ME; when a woman asked a man to kiss her, that means they have FATE with each other.

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It's Islamic so get down on your knees and KISS the MAT (rug)Thank God the airplane landed safely, so you get on your knees and KISS the MAT.

it was fate and we were destined to kis+met


Short Definition : person who has a compulsive desire to steal

(noun) someone with an irrational urge to steal in the absence of an economic motive
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for kleptomaniac

maniac(means a strong desire to do something, a madness)+klepto(means steal)...so having a strong desire to steal...something

it can be split into k(name some krishna)+ left + o(ornaments)+ maniac(desire). As per his desire he stole k's ornaments

Those who take your laptop without asking you are kleptomaniac.

kept stealed old man chain


Short Definition : special talent; art

(noun) a special way of doing something
Synonyms : bent hang
Example Sentence
  • he had a bent for it
  • he had a special knack for getting into trouble
  • he couldn't get the hang of it
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for knack

knack - knock out... u should have a special talent to knock out ur contender


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Knack sounds very close to 'NAP' < meaning to sleep. So you need special talent, skill to take nap in between office hours! ;) hehe

KNACK sounds similar as NECK-so u hv to do some special planning to get 2 ur enemy's neck

Knack means Special Talent in Tamil

he has a special talent of knocking ppl out

knack = kn for karnataka acknowledge (ack) in It industry with super talents professionals from whole world.

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