Pronunciation: (nol'ij), [key]
1. acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition: knowledge of many things.
2. familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch of learning: A knowledge of accounting was necessary for the job.
3. acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report: a knowledge of human nature.
4. the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; clear and certain mental apprehension.
5. awareness, as of a fact or circumstance: He had knowledge of her good fortune.
6. something that is or may be known; information: He sought knowledge of her activities.
7. the body of truths or facts accumulated in the course of time.
8. the sum of what is known: Knowledge of the true situation is limited.
9. Archaic.sexual intercourse. Cf. carnal knowledge.
10. to one's knowledge, according to the information available to one: To my knowledge he hasn't been here before.
creating, involving, using, or disseminating special knowledge or information: A computer expert can always find a good job in the knowledge industry.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.