duck /ˈdək/ 名詞
Duck n. A pet; a darling.
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.]
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.”
Duck 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.
1. Zool. Any bird of the subfamily Anatinæ, family Anatidæ.
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 Zool., a fish. See Bummalo.
Buffel duck, Spirit duck. See Buffel duck.
Duck ant Zool., a species of white ant in Jamaica which builds large nests in trees.
Duck barnacle. Zool. See Goose barnacle.
Duck hawk. Zool. (a) In the United States: The peregrine falcon. (b) In England: The marsh harrier or moor buzzard.
Duck mole Zool., 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; hence: To play at ducks and drakes, with property, to throw it away heedlessly or squander it foolishly and unprofitably.
Lame duck. See under Lame.
n 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's egg]
3: flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
4: a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and
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]
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, sidestep]