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DUCK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does duck mean? 

DUCK (noun)
  The noun DUCK has 4 senses:

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
3. flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
4. a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents

  Familiarity information: DUCK used as a noun is uncommon.


DUCK (verb)
  The verb DUCK has 4 senses:

1. to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away
2. submerge or plunge suddenly
3. dip into a liquid
4. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

  Familiarity information: DUCK used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DUCK (noun)


Sense 1duck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("duck" is a kind of...):

anseriform bird (chiefly web-footed swimming birds)

Meronyms (parts of "duck"):

duck down (down of the duck)

duck (flesh of a duck (domestic or wild))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "duck"):

Bucephela albeola; bufflehead; butterball; dipper (small North American diving duck; males have bushy head plumage)

Oxyura jamaicensis; ruddy duck (reddish-brown stiff-tailed duck of North America and northern South America)

sea duck (any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser)

Bucephela clangula; goldeneye; whistler (large-headed swift-flying diving duck of arctic regions)

Aythya valisineria; canvasback; canvasback duck (North American wild duck valued for sport and food)

Aythya ferina; pochard (heavy-bodied Old World diving duck having a grey-and-black body and reddish head)

Aythya americana; redhead (North American diving duck with a grey-and-black body and reddish-brown head)

bluebill; broadbill; scaup; scaup duck (diving ducks of North America having a bluish-grey bill)

wild duck (an undomesticated duck (especially a mallard))

Aix sponsa; summer duck; wood duck; wood widgeon (showy North American duck that nests in hollow trees)

Aix galericulata; mandarin duck (showy crested Asiatic duck; often domesticated)

sheldrake (Old World gooselike duck slightly larger than a mallard with variegated mostly black-and-white plumage and a red bill)

Anas acuta; pin-tailed duck; pintail (long-necked river duck of the Old and New Worlds having elongated central tail feathers)

drake (adult male of a wild or domestic duck)

quack-quack (child's word for a duck)

duckling (young duck)

diving duck (any of various ducks of especially bays and estuaries that dive for their food)

dabbler; dabbling duck (any of numerous shallow-water ducks that feed by upending and dabbling)

Anas platyrhynchos; mallard (wild dabbling duck from which domestic ducks are descended; widely distributed)

Anas rubripes; black duck (a dusky duck of northeastern United States and Canada)

teal (any of various small short-necked dabbling river ducks of Europe and America)

Anas penelope; widgeon; wigeon (freshwater duck of Eurasia and northern Africa related to mallards and teals)

Anas clypeata; broadbill; shoveler; shoveller (freshwater duck of the northern hemisphere having a broad flat bill)

Cairina moschata; muscovy duck; musk duck (large crested wild duck of Central America and South America; widely domesticated)

Holonyms ("duck" is a member of...):

Anatidae; family Anatidae (swimming birds having heavy short-legged bodies and bills with a horny tip: swans; geese; ducks)


Sense 2duck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

duck's egg; duck

Hypernyms ("duck" is a kind of...):

score (a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest)

Domain category:

cricket (a game played with a ball and bat by two teams of 11 players; teams take turns trying to score runs)


Sense 3duck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Hypernyms ("duck" is a kind of...):

poultry (flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "duck"):

duckling (flesh of a young domestic duck)

Holonyms ("duck" is a part of...):

duck (small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs)


Sense 4duck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("duck" is a kind of...):

cloth; fabric; material; textile (artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers)


DUCK (verb)


Sense 1duck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

Before he could duck, another stone struck him

Hypernyms (to "duck" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 2duck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Submerge or plunge suddenly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "duck" is one way to...):

dive; plunge; plunk (drop steeply)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something PP
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The airplane is sure to duck


Sense 3duck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dip into a liquid

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

douse; duck; dip

Context example:

He dipped into the pool

Hypernyms (to "duck" is one way to...):

dip; douse; dunk; plunge; souse (immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 4duck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

hedge; sidestep; skirt; evade; parry; fudge; elude; dodge; circumvent; duck; put off

Context examples:

He dodged the issue / she skirted the problem / They tend to evade their responsibilities / he evaded the questions skillfully

Hypernyms (to "duck" is one way to...):

avoid (stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "duck"):

quibble (evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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