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peck

1

[ pek ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to strike or indent with the beak, as a bird does, or with some pointed instrument, especially with quick, repeated movements.
  2. to make (a hole, puncture, etc.) by such strokes; pierce.
  3. to take (food) bit by bit, with or as with the beak.


verb (used without object)

  1. to make strokes with the beak or a pointed instrument.

noun

  1. a quick stroke, as in pecking.
  2. a hole or mark made by or as by pecking.
  3. a quick, almost impersonal kiss:

    a peck on the cheek.

  4. (in timber) incipient decay from fungi, occurring in isolated spots.
  5. pecks. Also peckings. Slang. food; grub.

verb phrase

    1. to nibble indifferently or unenthusiastically at (food).
    2. to nag or carp at:

      Stop pecking at me, I'm doing the best I can.

peck

2

[ pek ]

noun

  1. a dry measure of 8 quarts; the fourth part of a bushel, equal to 537.6 cubic inches (8.81 liters).
  2. a container for measuring this quantity. : pk, pk.
  3. a considerable quantity:

    a peck of trouble.

Peck

3

[ pek ]

noun

  1. Annie Smith, 1850–1935, U.S. mountain climber.
  2. Gregory, 1916–2003, U.S. actor.

peck

1

/ pɛk /

verb

  1. whenintr, sometimes foll by at to strike with the beak or with a pointed instrument
  2. trsometimes foll byout to dig (a hole) by pecking
  3. tr (of birds) to pick up (corn, worms, etc) by pecking
  4. introften foll byat to nibble or pick (at one's food)
  5. informal.
    to kiss (a person) quickly and lightly
  6. intrfoll byat to nag


noun

  1. a quick light blow, esp from a bird's beak
  2. a mark made by such a blow
  3. informal.
    a quick light kiss

Peck

2

/ pɛk /

noun

  1. PeckGregory19162003MUSFILMS AND TV: actor Gregory. 1916–2003, US film actor; his films include Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Gunfighter (1950), The Big Country (1958), To Kill a Mockingbird (1963), The Omen (1976), and Other People's Money (1991)

peck

3

/ pɛk /

noun

  1. a unit of dry measure equal to 8 quarts or one quarter of a bushel
  2. a container used for measuring this quantity
  3. a large quantity or number

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  • un·pecked adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of peck1

1300–50; Middle English pekken, peke, from Middle Dutch pecken, Middle Low German pekken; akin to pick 1

Origin of peck2

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English pek(ke); of uncertain origin

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Word History and Origins

Origin of peck1

C14: of uncertain origin; compare pick 1, Middle Low German pekken to jab with the beak

Origin of peck2

C13: from Anglo-Norman, of uncertain origin

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Example Sentences

At times, the episodes sprawl so much that it can be hard to keep track of how we got from John Wayne to Peck’s own home movies to the Haitian Revolution to the Irish being seen as “apes” to Alexis de Tocqueville writing about the Trail of Tears.

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In an essay film, the goal is the same — to let us move along Peck’s thought paths, tracing the connections he sees.

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Viewers who’ve seen that film will recognize Peck’s hand in this one.

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Peck spends four hours scrupulously laying out that case, and by the end it’s undeniable.

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Peck doesn’t rely on tired visual tropes or techniques that would make it easy to just put on the show in the background while you’re doing something else.

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But not until Gregory Peck is humiliated and walks out do we cut high and long to show his exit.

We see Peck's character change and at the same time we see the awesome size of the forces he's up against.

Digital birds that peck you to pieces, a disabled graffiti master who works by brainwaves.

Michael Peck is a contributing writer at Foreign Policy Magazine and a writer for the War is Boring defense blog.

Gregory Peck was a gentleman and Horton Foote, the great Texas playwright, was always on the set.

I should judge that a peck of corn is about the average product of a day's work through all this region.

Mr. Peck leaned over the corpse, revealing none of the repulsion that Ward was sure he would exhibit.

By now Mr. Peck had sterilized the glass with the alcohol and was prepared to make his test.

"Six, six and one-eighth in his stocking feet, to be exact," Mr. Peck corrected.

"A machine has stopped here at the side of the road quite recently," Mr. Peck offered, pointing to the tire marks in the dust.

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