Definitions for: Hulk


[n] a ship that has been wrecked and abandoned
[n] a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
[v] appear very large or occupy a commanding position; "The huge sculpture predominates over the fountain"; "Large shadows loomed on the canyon wall"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hulk, n. [OE. hulke a heavy ship, AS. hulc a light, swift
ship; akin to D. hulk a ship of burden, G. holk, OHG. holcho;
perh. fr. LL. holcas, Gr. ?, prop., a ship which is towed,
fr. ? to draw, drag, tow. Cf. Wolf, Holcad.]
1. The body of a ship or decked vessel of any kind; esp., the
body of an old vessel laid by as unfit for service. ``Some
well-timbered hulk.'' --Spenser.

2. A heavy ship of clumsy build. --Skeat.

3. Anything bulky or unwieldly. --Shak.

Shear hulk, an old ship fitted with an apparatus to fix or
take out the masts of a ship.

The hulks, old or dismasted ships, formerly used as
prisons. [Eng.] --Dickens.


Hulk, v. t. [Cf. MLG. holken to hollow out, Sw.
h[*a]lka.]
To take out the entrails of; to disembowel; as, to hulk a
hare. [R.] --Beau. & Fl.

Synonyms: giant, heavyweight, loom, predominate, tower, whale

See Also: large person, lift, rear, rise, ship

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