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The Complete Array of Meanings

This table (below) is the skeleton, or index, of the collection of Meanings, and the larger groupings to which each Meaning has been assigned, which are called Sub-Clusters and Clusters. When I found several words from different languages that all meant approximately the same thing, I gave them all a name, which I call a "Meaning." Thus each Meaning in the table below represents several, usually dozens, of words, accompanied by their complete dictionary definitions.

To see the entire collection of K-vowel-N words, one can either download and open one of the KVN Catalogue spreadsheets, (over 1000 KB) or go to the List of Clusters and view all the Words and Definitions, Cluster by Cluster, in PDF format (each is about 150 KB).

The Clusters, taken together, paint a picture of the firemaking rituals of half a million years ago. There are the Leaders (who would have been the firemakers), there is the Fire (and brightness in general), there are Rods and Grooves (from the all-important firemaking apparatus: a rod-shaped stick rubbed in a grooved piece of wood), there is Chanting (which must have accompanied the rituals), there are people Congregating (people coming together for the ritual). Above all, there is the huge Cluster I call Generation, i.e., the power of generation of life and energy of all types. This was the most difficult, and was the last, Cluster that I found. Difficult, because the commonality among its constituent parts was so elusive. The size of this cluster shows that early man was very taken with the power of generation, which he certainly called "Kan" in some form. Perhaps this was the first concept of God.

The Clusters Value and Opposition are puzzling at the moment, and need to be reconsidered many times before any clarity can be hoped for.

It is not intended that these Meanings and Clusters are absolutes. As with any scientific key, there is much room for interpretation, and re-assigning of groupings. Within the Catalogue itself, there are certainly numerous outright errors, and many more dubious groupings. However, the general trend of conceptualizing throughout human pre-history, can be apprehended through a careful grouping of words that are based on one sound unit, such as this method.

To test this Catalogue, it is hoped that readers will look up any K-vowel-N word in any foreign-language dictionary, and try to find a Meaning of your own to fit it, one that does not appear here in the Catalogue of K-vowel-N Words of the World.




The Table of Meanings


MEANING					CLUSTER		SUB-CLUSTER	NUMBER OF
									ENTRIES
COUNTING, CALCULATION			CHANTING	counting	72
TIME, measured time, cyclic events	CHANTING	counting	43
EXCHANGING, TRADING, buying		CHANTING	counting	36
DIVISIONS, PARTS			CHANTING	counting	34
HOLIDAYS, FESTIVALS, counted dates	CHANTING	counting	20
MEASURING				CHANTING	counting	18
			
TRICKY, cunning, sly, deceitful		CHANTING	intelligence	76
PERCEPTION, sensing, seeing		CHANTING	intelligence	52
ABILITY, INTELLIGENCE, skill		CHANTING	intelligence	51
WISDOM, TEACHING			CHANTING	intelligence	39
ECONOMY, PRECISION, carefulness		CHANTING	intelligence	32
KNOW, knowledge				CHANTING	intelligence	27
			
SOUNDS, esp. metal sounds		CHANTING	sounding	83
MUSIC, musical instruments		CHANTING	sounding	38
			
CHANTING, SINGING, song, ballad		CHANTING	verbalism	115
SPEAKING, orator, speech		CHANTING	verbalism	62
POETRY, CLASSICS			CHANTING	verbalism	46
NAMES, titles				CHANTING	verbalism	22
BOOK					CHANTING	verbalism	18
			
BREATH, WIND				CHANTING			29
			
DISTRICT, PLAIN				CONGREGATION			51
ALLIANCE, TREATY, united body		CONGREGATION			48
CLUSTER, BUNCH, gather			CONGREGATION			47
COMMUNITY				CONGREGATION			46
TOGETHER, with, join			CONGREGATION			22
AUDIENCE, SPECTATORS, viewing		CONGREGATION			18
			
BRIGHTNESS, shining, brilliant		FIRE		brightness	55
WHITE, paleness				FIRE		brightness	52
SNOWY					FIRE		brightness	17
MOON, moonshine				FIRE		brightness	15
LIGHTNING, ELECTRICITY, thunder		FIRE		brightness	13
DARKNESS				FIRE		brightness	11
COLOR					FIRE		brightness	9
			
FIRE, domain of fire			FIRE		fire		57
CANDLE, candlestick, lamp		FIRE		fire		41
GUNS, use of guns			FIRE		fire		34
HEAT, hot, warmth			FIRE		fire		33
RED					FIRE		fire		25
ASHES, residue of fire			FIRE		fire		10
MIST, smoke				FIRE		fire		10
			
METAL, metallic compounds		FIRE		forge products	56
MONEY, as metal, as coin		FIRE		forge products	31
GOLD					FIRE		forge products	13
JEWELRY					FIRE		forge products	12
BELLS					FIRE		forge products	7
			
GENERATE, GROW, birth			GENERATION	creation	97
MAGICAL, strange, marvellous		GENERATION	creation	75
MOLDS, MODELS, replicas, pictures	GENERATION	creation	32
TWIN, pair, counterpart			GENERATION	creation	29
MAKE, DO				GENERATION	creation	14
			
ALCOHOL-RELATED				GENERATION	decay		46
PUTREFY, rot, mold			GENERATION	decay		36
SICK					GENERATION	decay		17
ODOR, stink				GENERATION	decay		16
DEATH					GENERATION	decay		15
POISON					GENERATION	decay		9
			
KINSHIP, kindred, offspring		GENERATION	kinship		69
CUSTOM, manner, way			GENERATION	kinship		38
COMMONER, man				GENERATION	kinship		36
KIND, TYPE				GENERATION	kinship		26
			
PLANTS					GENERATION	living things	126
ANIMALS					GENERATION	living things	47
BIRDS (except snake-necked birds)	GENERATION	living things	36
LIVESTOCK				GENERATION	living things	31
RABBITS					GENERATION	living things	24
FISH					GENERATION	living things	23
			
ORIGIN					GENERATION	origins		85
OLD					GENERATION	origins		36
ABORIGINAL				GENERATION	origins		10
			
FAT, GREASE, ointment			GENERATION	plumping	22
SPREAD, SWELL				GENERATION	plumping	15
PLUMP					GENERATION	plumping	13
			
LUMPS, KNOTS				GENERATION	seeds		73
INSECTS					GENERATION	seeds		50
BALLS (small)				GENERATION	seeds		28
CENTER, centerpoint, crux		GENERATION	seeds		28
SMALL SIZE, smallness			GENERATION	seeds		24
EYE					GENERATION	seeds		23
GRAINS					GENERATION	seeds		19
SEEDS, NUTS, FRUITS			GENERATION	seeds		15
BALANCE, WEIGH				GENERATION	seeds		14
CORE, heart				GENERATION	seeds		13
			
EMOTION, augmented feelings		GENERATION	vitality	144
LAZY, WEAK, foolish			GENERATION	vitality	67
POWER, STRENGTH, force			GENERATION	vitality	44
ACTION, function, actor			GENERATION	vitality	32
LOVE, TENDERNES, compassion		GENERATION	vitality	29
SUPPORT, assistance			GENERATION	vitality	28
BODY (& parts of)			GENERATION	vitality	20
DANCING					GENERATION	vitality	12
HEALTH, healing				GENERATION	vitality	11
			
LETTERS, CHARACTERS, writing		GROOVES		marks		29
MARKS, visible markings			GROOVES		marks		28
CROSSES, LATTICES			GROOVES		marks		10
			
DOGS, relating to dogs			GROOVES		mouths		65
MOUTHS, parts of mouths			GROOVES		mouths		38
DIGGING, HOLES, holes in ground		GROOVES		mouths		28
EATING					GROOVES		mouths		26
GATEWAYS				GROOVES		mouths		23
SPACE					GROOVES		mouths		9
			
WATER-RELATED				GROOVES		riverways	87
CHANNELS, CANALS			GROOVES		riverways	74
MARSH					GROOVES		riverways	5
			
SHIPS, relating to ships		GROOVES		troughs		81
SHOES					GROOVES		troughs		13
CRADLES, COFFINS, cradle-shapes		GROOVES		troughs		11
SOFAS, beds				GROOVES		troughs		9
			
TUBES, ducts				GROOVES		tunnels, pipes	42
CAVES					GROOVES		tunnels, pipes	14
BLEED, BLOOD				GROOVES		tunnels, pipes	5
			
CUPS, small or cup-like vessels		GROOVES		vessels		49
VESSELS					GROOVES		vessels		37
CARRYING, to transport, to bear		GROOVES		vessels		27
BASKETS					GROOVES		vessels		22
SHELLS, shell-shaped			GROOVES		vessels		13
PURSES, sacks, pouches			GROOVES		vessels		9
SKIN, hide, rind, membrane		GROOVES		vessels		7
CUPBOARDS				GROOVES		vessels		5
			
GROOVES, valley-shaped things		GROOVES				42
WOMAN					GROOVES				38
ROWS					GROOVES				10
SEWERS, gutters				GROOVES				6
STREETS, paths				GROOVES				6
			
VIOLENCE				OPPOSITION			83
ARGUE					OPPOSITION			56
OPPOSE					OPPOSITION			44
ANGER					OPPOSITION			37
RETAIN, CAPTURE				OPPOSITION			34
PROTECT, guard, shelter			OPPOSITION			20
			
CIRCULAR, SPIRAL, twisting		RHYTHMIC			54
WALKING, TRAVELLING			RHYTHMIC			54
TO&FRO MOTION				RHYTHMIC			21
WAVERING, stirring			RHYTHMIC			19
WEAVING					RHYTHMIC			19
SHAVE					RHYTHMIC			16
REPEATING, cyclic, sequential		RHYTHMIC			10
KNEAD, mix up				RHYTHMIC			9
SCRAPE, SCRATCH				RHYTHMIC			5
			
CLOTH, CLOTHING, fabric			RODS		cords		101
CORDS, strings, threads, hairs		RODS		cords		47
HEMP					RODS		cords		33
TENDON, cord-like tissue		RODS		cords		17
DOWN, fuzz, soft hair			RODS		cords		6
			
TEAR OFF, pluck, rip, break off		RODS		fingers		29
HAND, FINGERS				RODS		fingers		10
			
HEAD, top or end part or point		RODS		head of		46
HILL, mountain, summit			RODS		head of		43
SUCCESS, reaching goal			RODS		head of		29
TAIL END				RODS		head of		25
ASTROLOGY, ASTRONOMY			RODS		head of		16
POINT, TIP				RODS		head of		14
			
LONG, THIN THINGS			RODS		long & thin 	70
KNIFE					RODS		long & thin 	12
PENS					RODS		long & thin 	7
			
DWELLINGS				RODS		pillars			27
FORTRESSES				RODS		pillars			13
PILLAR					RODS		pillars			10
TEMPLES					RODS		pillars			7
			
HAMMER, HITTING				RODS		rod-like things		40
TREE					RODS		rod-like things		35
CANDY, from cane			RODS		rod-like things		29
CANES, reeds, straight sticks		RODS		rod-like things		29
HORN					RODS		rod-like things		27
SPEAR					RODS		rod-like things		22
ROD, BAR				RODS		rod-like things		19
NECK					RODS		rod-like things		17
STALK					RODS		rod-like things		16
BONES					RODS		rod-like things		12
HARD, stiff				RODS		rod-like things		9
			
BIND, FOLD, ENFOLD			RODS		snake-like		76
CROOKEN, CURVED, HOOKS			RODS		snake-like		67
CORNERS, ANGLES				RODS		snake-like		59
EDGES, BORDERS, on the protrusion	RODS		snake-like		29
TRIANGULAR, WEDGE-SHAPED		RODS		snake-like		28
BOW, BEG				RODS		snake-like		21
GEESE, HERONS, curve-necked birds	RODS		snake-like		18
CRABS, i.e., with "hooks"		RODS		snake-like		17
FACES, on the border			RODS		snake-like		16
JOINT, angles connection		RODS		snake-like		16
EAR-LIKE PROTRUSIONS, handles		RODS		snake-like		11
NOSES, curved protrusions		RODS		snake-like		7
			
SEXUAL (ORGANS)				RODS		rods & grooves		43
PENETRATE, PIERCE			RODS		rods & grooves		26
WOUND					RODS		rods & grooves		23
			
GOVERNING, regulating, rules		RULERS					118
KINGS, LEADERS, aristocracy		RULERS					103
PRIVATE, SECLUDED, concealed		RULERS					52
DEITY, divine				RULERS					50
EXECUTIVES, OVERSEERS, managers		RULERS					39
PRIESTS, ofcrs of relig. houses		RULERS					39
HEROES					RULERS					11
CLASS, RANK				RULERS					5
FAMOUS					RULERS					3
			
MERIT, esteemed				VALUE		merit			86
WORTHLESSNESS				VALUE		merit			41
HONORABLE, respectable, estimable	VALUE		merit			36
HOSPITALITY, visiting			VALUE		merit			22
			
REVENUES, taxes, duties, profits	VALUE		wealth			60
STONES, GEMS				VALUE		wealth			48
TREASURY, hoarding, stockpiling		VALUE		wealth			41
FOOD, provisions			VALUE		wealth			40
RICHES, luxury				VALUE		wealth			29
VALUABLE				VALUE		wealth			18
GREEDY, gluttonous			VALUE		wealth			13
POVERTY					VALUE		wealth			10
			
PAIN					(yet to be categorized)			17
FLAT THINGS				(yet to be categorized)			12
GUM					(yet to be categorized)			10
VENTURE, RISK				(yet to be categorized)			10




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