Origin of flocking
- 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 flocking
Fashion designers, models, and bloggers are flocking to New York to check out the Fall/Winter 2014 runways.Where the Fashionistas Eat: An Insider's Guide to Fashion Week New York
The Fashion Beast Team
February 6, 2014
Indeed, since then, Chinese tourists have been flocking to Copenhagen.The Surprising Reasons the Chinese Love the Little Mermaid
August 25, 2013
Today immigrants are flocking to such unlikely places as Nashville, Richmond, Louisville, and Charlotte.Hot U.S. Cities That Offer Both Jobs and Culture Are Mostly Southern and Modest Sized
Joel Kotkin, Wendell Cox
July 30, 2013
This explains why people are not flocking in large numbers to California anymore.Facebook’s IPO Testifies to Silicon Valley’s Power but Does Little for Other Californians
May 18, 2012
Mamet: Now we see the Liberal Young [caps in originals - a weakness of his] not flocking but stampeding into film schools.David Mamet's Right Turn
May 9, 2012
On this occasion they had been flocking into Sulaco for a week past.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
The courtiers were flocking to the Luxembourg, in hopes of some advantage to themselves.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
We passed immense crowds of people, who were flocking to the same place.The Stranger in France
The Bishop is mad about it, and Basil and all the picked men are flocking to him.The Grateful Indian
Men were flocking to that region from all parts of the earth.Philosopher Jack
- 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 flocking
"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.
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.