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Duck definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DUCK, n. [G, L., to weave.] A species of coarse cloth or canvas, used for sails, sacking of beds, etc.
DUCK, n. [from the verb, to duck.]
1. A water fowl, so called from its plunging. There are many species or varieties of the duck, some wild, others tame.
2. An inclination of the head, resembling the motion of a duck in water.
3. A stone thrown obliquely on the water so as to rebound; as in duck and drake.
DUCK, n. A word of endearment or fondness.
DUCK, v.t. [G.]
1. To dip or plunge in water and suddenly withdraw; as, to duck a seamen. It differs from dive, which signifies to plunge ones self, without immediately emerging.
2. To plunge the head in water and immediately withdraw it; as, duck the boy.
3. To bow, stoop or nod.
DUCK, v.i.
1. To plunge into water and immediately withdraw; to dip; to plunge the head in water or other liquid.
In Tiber ducking thrice by break of day.
2. To drop the head suddenly; to bow; to cringe.
Duck with French nods.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
2: (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman [syn: duck, duck's egg]
3: flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
4: a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents v
1: to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away; "Before he could duck, another stone struck him"
2: submerge or plunge suddenly
3: dip into a liquid; "He dipped into the pool" [syn: dip, douse, duck]
4: avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully" [syn: hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun (plural ducks) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English duk, doke, from Old English d?ce Date: before 12th century 1. or plural duck a. any of various swimming birds (family Anatidae, the duck family) in which the neck and legs are short, the feet typically webbed, the bill often broad and flat, and the sexes usually different from each other in plumage b. the flesh of any of these birds used as food 2. a female duck compare drake 3. chiefly British darling often used in plural but sing. in constr. 4. person, creature II. verb Etymology: Middle English douken; akin to Old High German t?hhan to dive, Old English d?ce duck Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to thrust under water 2. to lower (as the head) quickly ; bow 3. avoid, evade <duck the issue> intransitive verb 1. a. to plunge under the surface of water b. to descend suddenly ; dip 2. a. to lower the head or body suddenly ; dodge b. bow, bob 3. a. to move quickly b. to evade a duty, question, or responsibility ducker noun III. noun Date: 1554 an instance of ducking IV. noun Etymology: Dutch doek cloth; akin to Old High German tuoh cloth Date: 1640 1. a durable closely woven usually cotton fabric 2. plural light clothes and especially trousers made of duck

Britannica Concise

Any of various relatively small, short-necked, large-billed waterfowl (several genera in subfamily Anatinae, family Anatidae). The legs of true ducks (Anatinae) are placed rearward (as are those of swans), resulting in a waddling gait. Most true ducks differ from swans and true geese in that male ducks molt twice annually, females lay large clutches of smooth-shelled eggs, and both sexes have overlapping scales on the skin of the leg and exhibit some differences between sexes in plumage and in call. All true ducks except shelducks and sea ducks (see diving duck) mature in the first year and pair only for the season. They are generally divided into three groups: perching ducks, dabbling ducks, and diving ducks. The whistling duck species, also called tree ducks, are not true ducks but are more closely related to geese and swans.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. (pl. same or ducks) 1 a any of various swimming-birds of the family Anatidae, esp. the domesticated form of the mallard or wild duck. b the female of this (opp. DRAKE). c the flesh of a duck as food. 2 Cricket (in full duck's-egg) the score of a batsman dismissed for nought. 3 (also ducks) Brit. colloq. (esp. as a form of address) dear, darling. Phrases and idioms: duck-hawk 1 Brit. a marsh-harrier. 2 US a peregrine. ducks and drakes a game of making a flat stone skim along the surface of water. duck's arse sl. a haircut with the hair on the back of the head shaped like a duck's tail. duck soup US sl. an easy task. like a duck to water adapting very readily. like water off a duck's back colloq. (of remonstrances etc.) producing no effect. play ducks and drakes with colloq. squander. Etymology: OE duce, duce: rel. to DUCK(2) 2. v. & n. --v. 1 intr. & tr. plunge, dive, or dip under water and emerge (ducked him in the pond). 2 intr. & tr. bend (the head or the body) quickly to avoid a blow or being seen, or as a bow or curtsy; bob (ducked out of sight; ducked his head under the beam). 3 tr. & intr. colloq. avoid or dodge; withdraw (from) (ducked out of the engagement; ducked the meeting). 4 intr. Bridge lose a trick deliberately by playing a low card. --n. 1 a quick dip or swim. 2 a quick lowering of the head etc. Phrases and idioms: ducking-stool hist. a chair fastened to the end of a pole, which could be plunged into a pond, used formerly for ducking scolds etc. Derivatives: ducker n. Etymology: OE ducan (unrecorded) f. Gmc 3. n. 1 a strong untwilled linen or cotton fabric used for small sails and the outer clothing of sailors. 2 (in pl.) trousers made of this (white ducks). Etymology: MDu. doek, of unkn. orig. 4. n. colloq. an amphibious landing-craft. Etymology: DUKW, its official designation

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Widgeon Widg"eon, n. [Probably from an old French form of F. vigeon, vingeon, gingeon; of uncertain origin; cf. L. vipio, -onis, a kind of small crane.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of fresh-water ducks, especially those belonging to the subgenus Mareca, of the genus Anas. The common European widgeon (Anas penelope) and the American widgeon (A. Americana) are the most important species. The latter is called also baldhead, baldpate, baldface, baldcrown, smoking duck, wheat, duck, and whitebelly. Bald-faced, or Green-headed, widgeon, the American widgeon. Black widgeon, the European tufted duck. Gray widgeon. (a) The gadwall. (b) The pintail duck. Great headed widgeon, the poachard. Pied widgeon. (a) The poachard. (b) The goosander. Saw-billed widgeon, the merganser. Sea widgeon. See in the Vocabulary. Spear widgeon, the goosander. [Prov. Eng.] Spoonbilled widgeon, the shoveler. White widgeon, the smew. Wood widgeon, the wood duck.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Duck Duck, n. [D. doek cloth, canvas, or Icel. d[=u]kr cloth; akin to OHG. tuoh, G. tuch, Sw. duk, Dan. dug.] 1. A linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric, finer and lighter than canvas, -- used for the lighter sails of vessels, the sacking of beds, and sometimes for men's clothing. 2. (Naut.) pl. The light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates. [Colloq.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Duck Duck, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ducked; p. pr. & vb. n. Ducking.] [OE. duken, douken, to dive; akin to D. duiken, OHG. t?hhan, MHG. tucken, t["u]cken, t?chen, G. tuchen. Cf. 5th Duck.] 1. To thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw. Adams, after ducking the squire twice or thrice, leaped out of the tub. --Fielding. 2. To plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it; as, duck the boy. 3. To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion. `` Will duck his head aside.'' --Swift.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Duck Duck (d[u^]k), v. i. 1. To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip. In Tiber ducking thrice by break of day. --Dryden. 2. To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow. The learned pate Ducks to the golden fool. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Duck Duck, n. [OE. duke, doke. See Duck, v. t. ] 1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily Anatin[ae], family Anatid[ae]. Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided into river ducks and sea ducks. Among the former are the common domestic duck (Anas boschas); the wood duck (Aix sponsa); the beautiful mandarin duck of China (Dendronessa galeriliculata); the Muscovy duck, originally of South America (Cairina moschata). Among the sea ducks are the eider, canvasback, scoter, etc. 2. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water. Here be, without duck or nod, Other trippings to be trod. --Milton. Bombay duck (Zo["o]l.), a fish. See Bummalo. Buffel duck, or Spirit duck. See Buffel duck. Duck ant (Zo["o]l.), a species of white ant in Jamaica which builds large nests in trees. Duck barnacle. (Zo["o]l.) See Goose barnacle. Duck hawk. (Zo["o]l.) (a) In the United States: The peregrine falcon. (b) In England: The marsh harrier or moor buzzard. Duck mole (Zo["o]l.), a small aquatic mammal of Australia, having webbed feet and a bill resembling that of a duck (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). It belongs the subclass Monotremata and is remarkable for laying eggs like a bird or reptile; -- called also duckbill, platypus, mallangong, mullingong, tambreet, and water mole. To make ducks and drakes, to throw a flat stone obliquely, so as to make it rebound repeatedly from the surface of the water, raising a succession of jets

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Duck Duck (d[u^]k), n. [Cf. Dan. dukke, Sw. docka, OHG. doccha, G. docke. Cf. Doxy.] A pet; a darling. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(ducks, ducking, ducked) 1. A duck is a very common water bird with short legs, a short neck, and a large flat beak. N-VAR Duck is the flesh of this bird when it is eaten as food. ...honey roasted duck. N-UNCOUNT 2. If you duck, you move your head or the top half of your body quickly downwards to avoid something that might hit you, or to avoid being seen. He ducked in time to save his head from a blow from the poker... He ducked his head to hide his admiration... I wanted to duck down and slip past but they saw me. VERB: V, V n, V adv/prep 3. If you duck something such as a blow, you avoid it by moving your head or body quickly downwards. Hans deftly ducked their blows. = dodge VERB: V n 4. You say that someone ducks a duty or responsibility when you disapprove of the fact that they avoid it. (INFORMAL) The Opposition reckons the Health Secretary has ducked all the difficult decisions... VERB: V n [disapproval] 5. see also dead duck, lame duck, sitting duck 6. You say that criticism is like water off a duck's back or water off a duck's back to emphasize that it is not having any effect on the person being criticized. PHRASE: v-link PHR [emphasis] 7. If you take to something like a duck to water, you discover that you are naturally good at it or that you find it very easy to do. She took to mothering like a duck to water. PHRASE: V inflects

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. Immerse, plunge, souse, dip. II. v. n. 1. Dive, plunge, dip, immerse one's self. 2. Bow, cringe, dodge (downward).

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A lame duck; an Exchange-alley phrase for a stock-jobber, who either cannot or will not pay his losses, or, differences, in which case he is said to WADDLE OUT OF THE ALLEY, as he cannot appear there again till his debts are settled and paid; should he attempt it, he would be hustled out by the fraternity.

Moby Thesaurus

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