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rick1

[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
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  • "Not by ricker, for the best of all possible reasons," said Maxwell, with a laugh.

    The Story of a Play W. D. Howells
  • But I think I shall do ricker's letters for him this winter at least.

    The Story of a Play W. D. Howells
  • Mrs. ricker and Kitton accepted the situation with fine philosophy.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • Mis' ricker gettin' her fortune so puts her beyond the wolf.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • He had determined to see the ricker ranch and pay her owners a visit.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • An hour later the dim outline of the ricker ranch came into view.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • He used to work on the ricker ranch where I work, she added.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • I want to talk with you, ricker, Bud answered, recognizing the owner of the voice.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • Perhaps you are worrying about that letter your father wrote to you about ricker.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • When MacNutt came to this point, he chose the trail leading to the ricker ranch!

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for ricker

ricker

/ˈrɪkə/
noun
1.
a young kauri tree of New Zealand
Word Origin
from earlier use of the trunks as ships' rigging

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 ricker

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.

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