- a number of animals of one kind, especially sheep, goats, or birds, that keep or feed together or are herded together.
- a large number of people; crowd.
- a large group of things: a flock of letters to answer.
- (in New Testament and ecclesiastical use)
- the Christian church in relation to Christ.
- a single congregation in relation to its pastor.
- Archaic. a band or company of persons.
- to gather or go in a flock or crowd: They flocked around the football hero.
Origin of flock1
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- a lock or tuft of wool, hair, cotton, etc.
- (sometimes used with a plural verb) wool refuse, shearings of cloth, old cloth torn to pieces, or the like, for upholstering furniture, stuffing mattresses, etc.
- Also called flocking. (sometimes used with a plural verb) finely powdered wool, cloth, etc., used for producing a velvetlike pattern on wallpaper or cloth or for coating metal.
- floc(def 1).
- to stuff with flock, as a mattress.
- to decorate or coat with flock, as wallpaper, cloth, or metal.
Origin of flock2
Examples from the Web for flock
Behind him stood a flock of fifth-grade boys—and two second-grade girls—all of them wearing the exact same yellow hat.Even Grade School Kids Are Protesting the Garner Killing Now
December 6, 2014
Fans of the series will flock to see ‘Mockingjay’ this Thanksgiving weekend.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’
November 28, 2014
He is to be admired for his kindness and genuine pastoral concern for all the members of his flock.Pope Francis Pushes the Church Another Step Further on Gays
October 16, 2014
They take you to this big window and you look down at all these people in suits and ties and say, “This is your flock.”Tom Sizemore’s Revenge: On Tom Cruise’s Scientology Recruitment, Drugs, and Craving a Comeback
September 26, 2014
Tavi already has a flock of online fans as a popular fashion blogger and editor of the online magazine Rookie.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More
September 11, 2014
Hester knew nothing of the state of either, nor had they ever belonged to her flock.Weighed and Wanting
They had stumbled in the dark on the bedding-place of a flock of Bighorn.
They could feel the flock huddling back, and the warmth of the packed fleeces.
There's a world of difference catering for a Set, and a Flock.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Yet it had sufficed that the nations should flock there for a pestilence to break out.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- a group of animals of one kind, esp sheep or birds
- a large number of people; crowd
- a body of Christians regarded as the pastoral charge of a priest, a bishop, the pope, etc
- rare a band of people; group
- to gather together or move in a flock
- to go in large numberspeople flocked to the church
- a tuft, as of wool, hair, cotton, etc
- waste from fabrics such as cotton, wool, or other cloth used for stuffing mattresses, upholstered chairs, etc
- (as modifier)flock mattress
- very small tufts of wool applied to fabrics, wallpaper, etc, to give a raised pattern
- another word for floccule
- (tr) to fill, cover, or ornament with flock
Word Origin and History for flock
Old English flocc "a group of persons, company, troop," related to Old Norse flokkr "crowd, troop, band," Middle Low German vlocke "crowd, flock (of sheep);" not found in other Germanic languages; perhaps related to folc "people," but the metathesis would have been unusual for Old English.
Extended c.1200 to "a number of animals of one kind moving or feeding together;" of domestic animals c.1300. Transferred to bodies of Christians, in relation to Christ or their local pastor, from mid-14c.
"tuft of wool," mid-13c., probably from Old French floc, from Latin floccus "flock of wool, lock of hair."
"gather, congregate," c.1300, from flock (n.). Related: Flocked; flocking.