KE may refer to:
- the code for Kildare, Ireland
- Kinetic energy in physics
- Knowledge engineering in computer science and in cognitive science
- the country code for Kenya
- the Kenyan TLD, .ke
- an abbreviation for Cornell University co-ed a cappella singing group "The Key Elements"
- the IATA alpha code designator for Korean Air
- Košice, Slovakia
- an extended family studied for a genetic language impairment
Ke may refer to :
- Ke (unit), a traditional Chinese unit of decimal time lasting either 14.4 minutes or 15 minutes
- Ke (kana), the romanisation of the Japanese kana け and ケ; see also Small ke
- kē in Hanyu pinyin, written 柯 in Chinese
- Ke (surname) (柯), a transliteration of a common Chinese surname
- The Chinese name of Lithocarpus glaber, the Japanese oak, a tree species
- Ké, the stage name of New York singer/songwriter/actor Kevin Grivois
- Elimination rate constant, a value used in pharmacokinetics to calculate the rate at which drugs are removed from the system
- k is Coulomb's constant.
The ke is a time unit in traditional China. The ke is the extension of the scale on the sundial or the rule of the water clock.
The major ke is 14.4 minutes (14 minutes 24 seconds), which is the time between two centiday scales, and the minor ke is 2.4 minutes (2 minutes 24 seconds), which is the common factor time between centiday scale and shi scale. It was customary to subdivide the minor ke into 10 fen , just as cun and mace; thus the major ke is divided into 60 fen.
There were various attempts to redefine a day to 96, 108, or 120 ke, in order to abolish the minor ke. During the Qing dynasty around the time of the arrival of Jesuit missionaries, the ke was finally redefined to day, or shi, or a quarter of an hour. And fen is currently used to refer to of an hour, or 1 minute.
A dakuten may be added to this character; this changes it to げ in hiragana, ゲ in katakana, ge in Hepburn romanization, and the pronunciation shifts to in initial positions, and varying between and in the middle of words.
A handakuten (゜) does not occur with ke in normal Japanese text, but it may be used by linguists to indicate a nasal pronunciation .
Ké (pronounced "Kay") is the stage name of singer-songwriter Kevin Grivois. Ké gained recognition with his 1996 debut album, I Am [ ], which spawned the European smash single " Strange World", the biggest pop radio hit in Italy that year. The following single "Someday" (1996) and the albums Shiny (1998) and Better Way Of Living (2001) were less successful and were followed by a hiatus of Ké's musical career.
Ke is a transliteration of a common Chinese surname, written 柯 (kē in Hanyu pinyin). It originally appeared on the Hundred Family Surnames, but as of 2006 was no longer one of the top 100 most common surnames. Also spelt as Quah, Kua, Kuah, Kwa, Ke, Ker, Ko, Kok, Or or even O in English.