- 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
But I think I shall do Ricker's letters for him this winter at least.
"Not by Ricker, for the best of all possible reasons," said Maxwell, with a laugh.
Mrs. Ricker and Kitton accepted the situation with fine philosophy.
Mis' Ricker gettin' her fortune so puts her beyond the wolf.
I want to talk with you, Ricker, Bud answered, recognizing the owner of the voice.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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