- 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.
- a stack of cordwood or logs cut to even lengths.
- a frame of horizontal bars and vertical supports, as used to hold barrels in a distillery, boxes in a warehouse, etc.
- to form grain into a stack or pile.
- to stack (cordwood) in ricks.
Origin of rick1
before 900; Middle English rek(e), reek, Old English hrēac; akin to Old Norse hraukr, Old Frisian reak, Middle Dutch rooc, roke
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Examples from the Web for ricker
"Not by Ricker, for the best of all possible reasons," said Maxwell, with a laugh.
But I think I shall do Ricker's letters for him this winter at least.
Mrs. Ricker and Kitton accepted the situation with fine philosophy.
Mis' Ricker gettin' her fortune so puts her beyond the wolf.
He had determined to see the Ricker ranch and pay her owners a visit.Mason of Bar X Ranch
- a young kauri tree of New Zealand
from earlier use of the trunks as ships' rigging
- a large stack of hay, corn, peas, etc, built in the open in a regular-shaped pile, esp one with a thatched top
- (tr) to stack or pile into ricks
Old English hrēac; related to Old Norse hraukr
- a wrench or sprain, as of the back
- (tr) to wrench or sprain (a joint, a limb, the back, etc)
C18: see wrick
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Word Origin and History for ricker
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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