Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. cathode

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. kiloyear (also ky, kyr)
  • n. a kiloyear ago
  • n. a spiritual part of the soul in Egyptian mythology, which survived after death
  • v. To serve, in the phrase "Ka me, ka thee".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A spiritual aspect of the individual, living within the body during life, and surviving the body after death. It was believed to be one of two spirits inhabiting the body, the other being the ba, which deserts teh body at death.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The jackdaw.
  • See ca.
  • A variant of ko, for quoth (often for quoth he).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. unknown god; an epithet of Prajapati and Brahma

Etymologies

Egyptian kȝ. (Wiktionary)
From Latin fricantem frica (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "1. The jackdaw.
    2. See ca.
    3. A variant of ko, for quoth (often for quoth he)."

    --Century Dictionary

    January 5, 2011

  • ka is an Ancient Egyptian word for the 'double', vitality or life force, represented by a pair of raised arms (possibly to embrace).

    June 2, 2008

  • I love this word. I don't know if it's the word itself or the concept that gets me. It's like karma or kismet but untainted by years of stupid hippies misusing it.

    May 9, 2007

  • Ka is the force in Stephen King's Dark Tower series that leads all living (and unliving) creatures. It is the will of Gan, the approximate equivalent of destiny, or fate, in the fictional language High Speech. It is the force that causes a destiny to happen, but is not necessarily impossible to surpass. Ka can be considered to be a guide, a destination, but is certainly not a plan - at least, not one that is known to mortals. Ka is not necessarily a force of good or evil; it manipulates both sides, and seems to have no definite morality of its own.

    The official Dark Tower site describes ka as the following: "Ka... signifies life-force, consciousness, duty and destiny. In the vulgate, or low speech, it also means a place to which an individual must go."

    May 9, 2007