The golden-crowned kinglet and the rubycrowned kinglet are the most common American species. The
common English kinglet (R. cristatus) is also called golden-crested wren, moonie, and marigold finch.
The kinglets are often popularly called wrens, both in America and England.
(King"li*hood) n. King- liness. Tennyson.
(King"li*ness), n. The state or quality of being kingly.
(King"ling) n. Same as Kinglet, 1. Churchill.
(King"ly) a. [Compar. Kinglier ; superl. Kingliest.] Belonging to, suitable to, or becoming, a
king; characteristic of, or resembling, a king; directed or administered by a king; monarchical; royal; sovereign; regal; august; noble; grand.
"Kingly magnificence." Sir P. Sidney. "A kingly government." Swift. "The kingly couch." Shak.
The kingliest kings are crowned with thorn.G. Massey.
Leave kingly backs to cope with kingly cares.Cowper.
Syn. Regal; royal; monarchical; imperial; august; sovereign; noble; splendid. Kingly, Regal. Kingly is
Anglo-Saxon, and refers especially to the character of a king; regal is Latin, and now relates more to his
office. The former is chiefly used of dispositions, feelings, and purposes which are kinglike; as, kingly
sentiments; kingly condescension; " a kingly heart for enterprises." Sir P. Sidney. The latter is oftener
applied to external state, pomp, etc.; as, regal state, regal title, etc. This distinction is not observed by
our early writers, but is gaining ground.
(King"ly), adv. In a kingly or kinglike manner. Shak.
Low bowed the rest; he, kingly, did but nod.Pore.
Although this citation, one from Paradise Lost, and one from Shakespeare's ll4th Sonnet are given by
lexicographers as examples of adverbial use, it is by no means clear that the word is not an adjective in
(King"-post`) n. (Carp.) A member of a common form of truss, as a roof truss. It is strictly a
tie, intended to prevent the sagging of the tiebeam in the middle. If there are struts, supporting the main
rafters, they often bear upon the foot of the king-post. Called also crown- post.
(King's Bench) (Law) Formerly, the highest court of common law in England; so called
because the king used to sit there in person. It consisted of a chief justice and four puisne, or junior,
justices. During the reign of a queen it was called the Queen's Bench. Its jurisdiction was transferred
by the judicature acts of 1873 and 1875 to the high court of justice created by that legislation.
(King"ship) n. The state, office, or dignity of a king; royalty. Landor.
(King"ston King"stone`) n. (Zoöl.) The black angel fish. See Angel fish, under Angel.
(King"ston met"al) An alloy of tin, copper, and mercury, sometimes used for the bearings
and packings of machinery. McElrath.
(King"ston valve) (Marine Steam Engin.) A conical valve, opening outward, to close the
mouth of a pipe which passes through the side of a vessel below the water line.
(King"truss`) (Carp.) A truss, framed with a king-post; used in roofs, bridges, etc.
(Ki"nic) a. [Cf. F. kinique.] (Chem.) See Quinic.