Definitions for: Duck


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Duck (d[u^]k), n. [Cf. Dan. dukke, Sw. docka, OHG.
doccha, G. docke. Cf. Doxy.]
A pet; a darling. --Shak.


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.]


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.


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.


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

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

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