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duck - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'duck' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Duck [ n.]
- A pet; a darling.
- 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.
- The light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates.
2 . Duck [ v. i.]
- To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip.
- To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow.
3 . Duck [ v. t.]
- To thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw.
- To plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it; as, duck the boy.
- To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion.
- Any bird of the subfamily Anatinae, family Anatidae.
- A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water.

Meaning of 'duck' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . duck [ v]
Meaning (1):
- to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away
Example in sentence:
  • Before he could duck, another stone struck him
Meaning (2):
- dip into a liquid
Example in sentence:
  • He dipped into the pool
Meaning (3):
- avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
Example in sentence:
  • He dodged the issue;
  • he evaded the questions skillfully;
  • she skirted the problem;
  • They tend to evade their responsibilities