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rick

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[rik]
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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to form grain into a stack or pile.
  2. to stack (cordwood) in ricks.
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Origin of rick

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before 900; Middle English rek(e), reek, Old English hrēac; akin to Old Norse hraukr, Old Frisian reak, Middle Dutch rooc, roke
Related formsrick·er, noun

rick

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[rik]
verb (used with or without object), noun
  1. wrick.
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Rick

[rik]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Eric or Richard.
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Related Words for rick

load, stockpile, pile, heap, screw, swivel, spiral, contort, wriggle, wiggle, wrench, twirl, wrap, coil, sprain, weave, hay, stack, hayrick, sheaf

Examples from the Web for rick

Contemporary Examples of rick

Historical Examples of rick

  • "She ate about half a rick of green corn," answered Turkey, coolly.

  • But, under the circumstances, I think Rick might have told you something.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • Here was the reason why the steed had not approached the rick in a straight line.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • The mother-wolf hissed with agonized fury on the roof of the rick.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • I want somebody to bring as a thank-offering for Jim and Rick—yes, and for Mr. Ryan, too.


British Dictionary definitions for rick

rick

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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
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verb
  1. (tr) to stack or pile into ricks
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Word Origin for rick

Old English hrēac; related to Old Norse hraukr

rick

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noun
  1. a wrench or sprain, as of the back
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verb
  1. (tr) to wrench or sprain (a joint, a limb, the back, etc)
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Word Origin for rick

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.

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