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[rik] /rɪk/
noun
1.
Also, hayrick. Chiefly Midland U.S. a large, usually rectangular stack or pile of hay, straw, corn, or the like, in a field, especially when thatched or covered by a tarpaulin; an outdoor or makeshift mow.
2.
a stack of cordwood or logs cut to even lengths.
3.
a frame of horizontal bars and vertical supports, as used to hold barrels in a distillery, boxes in a warehouse, etc.
verb (used with object)
4.
to form grain into a stack or pile.
5.
to stack (cordwood) in ricks.
Origin of rick1
900
before 900; Middle English rek(e), reek, Old English hrēac; akin to Old Norse hraukr, Old Frisian reak, Middle Dutch rooc, roke
Related forms
ricker, noun

rick2

[rik] /rɪk/
verb (used with or without object), noun
1.

Rick

[rik] /rɪk/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Eric or Richard.
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Examples from the Web for rick
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  • "She ate about half a rick of green corn," answered Turkey, coolly.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • But, under the circumstances, I think rick might have told you something.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The mother-wolf hissed with agonized fury on the roof of the rick.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • Here was the reason why the steed had not approached the rick in a straight line.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • I want somebody to bring as a thank-offering for Jim and rick—yes, and for Mr. Ryan, too.

    Three People Pansy
British Dictionary definitions for rick

rick1

/rɪk/
noun
1.
a large stack of hay, corn, peas, etc, built in the open in a regular-shaped pile, esp one with a thatched top
verb
2.
(transitive) to stack or pile into ricks
Word Origin
Old English hrēac; related to Old Norse hraukr

rick2

/rɪk/
noun
1.
a wrench or sprain, as of the back
verb
2.
(transitive) to wrench or sprain (a joint, a limb, the back, etc)
Word Origin
C18: see wrick
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Word Origin and History for rick
n.

Old English hreac "stack of hay or straw," from Proto-Germanic *khraukaz (cf. Old Norse hraukr, Frisian reak, Dutch rook "heap"); perhaps related to ridge.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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