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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Knowl·edge n.
 1. The act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact, truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance; cognition.
    Knowledge, which is the highest degree of the speculative faculties, consists in the perception of the truth of affirmative or negative propositions.   --Locke.
 2. That which is or may be known; the object of an act of knowing; a cognition; -- chiefly used in the plural.
    There is a great difference in the delivery of the mathematics, which are the most abstracted of knowledges.   --Bacon.
    Knowledges is a term in frequent use by Bacon, and, though now obsolete, should be revived, as without it we are compelled to borrow =\“cognitions” to express its import.\=   --Sir W. Hamilton.
    To use a word of Bacon's, now unfortunately obsolete, we must determine the relative value of knowledges.   --H. Spencer.
 3. That which is gained and preserved by knowing; instruction; acquaintance; enlightenment; learning; scholarship; erudition.
    Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.   --1 Cor. viii. 1.
 Ignorance is the curse of God;
 Knowledge, the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.   --Shak.
 4. That familiarity which is gained by actual experience; practical skill; as, a knowledge of life.
    Shipmen that had knowledge of the sea.   --1 Kings ix. 27.
 5. Scope of information; cognizance; notice; as, it has not come to my knowledge.
    Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldst take knowledge of me?   --Ruth ii. 10.
 6. Sexual intercourse; -- usually preceded by carnal; same as carnal knowledge.
 Syn: -- See Wisdom.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Car·nal a.
 1. Of or pertaining to the body or its appetites; animal; fleshly; sensual; given to sensual indulgence; lustful; human or worldly as opposed to spiritual.
    For ye are yet carnal.   --1 Cor. iii. 3.
    Not sunk in carnal pleasure.   --Milton
    Carnal desires after miracles.   --Trench.
 2. Flesh-devouring; cruel; ravenous; bloody. [Obs.]
 This carnal cur
 Preys on the issue of his mother's body.   --Shak.
 Carnal knowledge, sexual intercourse; -- used especially of an unlawful act on the part of the man.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 carnal knowledge
      n : the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the
          man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and
          excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur [syn: sexual
          intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus,
           coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual
          relation, relation]