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FLOCK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does flock mean? 

FLOCK (noun)
  The noun FLOCK has 5 senses:

1. a church congregation guided by a pastor
2. a group of birds
3. (often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent
4. an orderly crowd
5. a group of sheep or goats

  Familiarity information: FLOCK used as a noun is common.


FLOCK (verb)
  The verb FLOCK has 2 senses:

1. move as a crowd or in a group
2. come together as in a cluster or flock

  Familiarity information: FLOCK used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLOCK (noun)


Sense 1flock [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A church congregation guided by a pastor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

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

congregation; faithful; fold (a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church)


Sense 2flock [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A group of birds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

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

animal group (a group of animals)

Meronyms (members of "flock"):

bird (warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings)

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

bevy (a flock of quail)

flight (a flock of flying birds)

wisp (a flock of snipe)

gaggle (a flock of geese)

exaltation (a flock of larks (especially a flock of larks in flight overhead))

covey (a small flock of grouse or partridge)

covert (a flock of coots)


Sense 3flock [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

mint; muckle; peck; quite a little; slew; spate; tidy sum; whole lot; whole slew; mickle; good deal; great deal; hatful; lot; heap; stack; mass; batch; raft; plenty; pile; wad; deal; flock; pot; mess; sight

Context examples:

a batch of letters / a deal of trouble / a lot of money / he made a mint on the stock market / it must have cost plenty

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

large indefinite amount; large indefinite quantity (an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude)

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

deluge; flood; inundation; torrent (an overwhelming number or amount)

haymow (a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation)


Sense 4flock [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An orderly crowd

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

troop; flock

Context example:

a troop of children

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

crowd (a large number of things or people considered together)


Sense 5flock [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A group of sheep or goats

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

fold; flock

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

animal group (a group of animals)

Meronyms (members of "flock"):

sheep (woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat)


FLOCK (verb)


Sense 1flock [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move as a crowd or in a group

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

Tourists flocked to the shrine where the statue was said to have shed tears

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

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 2flock [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come together as in a cluster or flock

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

cluster; clump; constellate; flock

Context example:

The poets constellate in this town every summer

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

assemble; foregather; forgather; gather; meet (collect in one place)

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

huddle; huddle together (crowd or draw together)

bunch; bunch together; bunch up (form into a bunch)

Sentence frames:

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

Sentence example:

The crowds flock in the streets


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