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noun 
  1. A prolonged wail for a deceased person.
= verb 
  1. (transitive) To sharpen; to make cold. R.
"Cold winter keens the brightening flood." -Thomson.
adjective (keen, er)
  1. Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge.
"A bow he bare and arwes arrows bright and kene." -Chaucer.
"That my knife see not the wound it makes." -Shak.
  1. Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features.
"To make our wits more ." -Shak.
"Before the inquiry of her thought." -Cowper.
  1. Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
"Good father cardinal, cry thou amen to my curses." -Shak.
  1. Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc,; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
"Breasts the air, and carols as he goes." -Goldsmith.
  1. Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
"Of full will." -Piers Plowman.
"So and greedy to confound a man." -Shak.

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