Keeper to Kerargyrite
1. One who, or that which, keeps; one who, or that which, holds or has possession of anything.
2. One who retains in custody; one who has the care of a prison and the charge of prisoners.
3. One who has the care, custody, or superintendence of anything; as, the keeper of a park, a pound, of
sheep, of a gate, etc.; the keeper of attached property; hence, one who saves from harm; a defender; a
The Lord is thy keeper.Ps. cxxi. 6.
4. One who remains or keeps in a place or position.
Discreet; chaste; keepers at home.Titus ii. 5.
5. A ring, strap, clamp, or any device for holding an object in place; as: (a) The box on a door jamb into
which the bolt of a lock protrudes, when shot. (b) A ring serving to keep another ring on the finger.
(c) A loop near the buckle of a strap to receive the end of the strap.
6. A fruit that keeps well; as, the Roxbury Russet is a good keeper. Downing.
Keeper of the forest (O. Eng. Law), an officer who had the principal government of all things relating
to the forest. Keeper of the great seal, a high officer of state, who has custody of the great seal.
The office is now united with that of lord chancellor. [Eng.] Keeper of the King's conscience, the
lord chancellor; a name given when the chancellor was an ecclesiastic. [Eng.] Keeper of the
privy seal a high officer of state, through whose hands pass all charters, pardons, etc., before they
come to the great seal. He is a privy councillor, and was formerly called clerk of the privy seal. [Eng.]
Keeper of a magnet, a piece of iron which connects the two poles, for the purpose of keeping the
magnetic power undiminished; an armature.
(Keep"er*ship) n. The office or position of a keeper. Carew.
1. A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation.
His happiness is in his own keeping.South.
2. Maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good keeping.
The work of many hands, which earns my keeping.Milton.
3. Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in keeping with each other.
4. (Paint.) Harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art; as, the foreground
of this painting is not in keeping.
Keeping room, a family sitting room. [New Eng. & Prov. Eng.]
Syn. Care; guardianship; custody; possession.
(Keep"sake`) n. Anything kept, or given to be kept, for the sake of the giver; a token of friendship.
(Keesh) n. See Kish.
(Keeve) n. [AS. cf, fr. L. cupa a tub, cask; also, F. cuve. Cf. Kive, Coop.]