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Meaning of DUCK

Pronunciation:  duk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
  2. [n]  a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
  3. [n]  flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
  4. [n]  (in cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
  5. [v]  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"
  6. [v]  to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away; "Before he could duck, another stone struck him."
  7. [v]  submerge or plunge suddenly
  8. [v]  dip into a liquid; "He dipped into the pool"

DUCK is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: circumvent, dip, dodge, douse, duck's egg, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
 See Also: Aix galericulata, Aix sponsa, Anas acuta, Anas clypeata, Anas penelope, Anas platyrhynchos, Anas rubripes, Anatidae, anseriform bird, avoid, Aythya americana, Aythya ferina, Aythya valisineria, black duck, bluebill, broadbill, Bucephela albeola, Bucephela clangula, bufflehead, butterball, Cairina moschata, canvasback, canvasback duck, cloth, dabbler, dabbling duck, dipper, dive, diving duck, drake, duck, duck, duck down, duckling, duckling, dunk, fabric, family Anatidae, goldeneye, mallard, mandarin duck, material, move, muscovy duck, musk duck, Oxyura jamaicensis, pintail, pin-tailed duck, plunge, plunk, pochard, poultry, quack-quack, quibble, redhead, ruddy duck, scaup, scaup duck, score, sea duck, sheldrake, shoveler, shoveller, souse, summer duck, teal, textile, whistler, widgeon, wigeon, wild duck, wood duck, wood widgeon



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Duck\ (d[u^]k), n. [Cf. Dan. dukke, Sw. docka, OHG.
    doccha, G. docke. Cf. {Doxy}.]
    A pet; a darling. --Shak.
  2. \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.]
  3. \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.
  4. \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
             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.
  5. \Duck\, n. [OE. duke, doke. See {Duck}, v. t. ]
    1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily {Anatin[ae]}, family
    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
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing ducks in your dream, either represents spiritual freedom (if flying) or it represents the unconscious (if swimming). Ducks are rather multi-talented animals that can walk, swim and fly and thus may represent your flexibility and in blending into various situations. Alternatively, the dream may also indicate that you are setting yourself up or being set up for the kill as associated by the phrase "sitting duck". Also, the duck may be a pun on "ducking" some issue or situation, instead of confronting it head-on. Seeing a white duck in your dream means falsehood and deceit.
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