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English noun: duck

1. duck (animal) small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs

Broader (hypernym)anseriform bird

Narrower (hyponym)Aix galericulata, Aix sponsa, Anas acuta, Anas clypeata, Anas penelope, Anas platyrhynchos, Anas rubripes, Aythya americana, Aythya ferina, Aythya valisineria, black duck, bluebill, broadbill, broadbill, Bucephela albeola, Bucephela clangula, bufflehead, butterball, Cairina moschata, canvasback, canvasback duck, dabbler, dabbling duck, dipper, diving duck, drake, duckling, goldeneye, mallard, mandarin duck, muscovy duck, musk duck, Oxyura jamaicensis, pin-tailed duck, pintail, pochard, quack-quack, redhead, ruddy duck, scaup, scaup duck, sea duck, sheldrake, shoveler, shoveller, summer duck, teal, whistler, widgeon, wigeon, wild duck, wood duck, wood widgeon

Part holonymduck, duck down

Member meronymAnatidae, family Anatidae

2. duck (quantity) (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman

Synonymsduck's egg

Broader (hypernym)score

Domain categorycricket

3. duck (food) flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)

Broader (hypernym)poultry

Narrower (hyponym)duckling

Part meronymduck

4. duck (artifact) a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents

Broader (hypernym)cloth, fabric, material, textile

English verb: duck

1. duck (motion) to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away

SamplesBefore he could duck, another stone struck him.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

2. duck (motion) submerge or plunge suddenly

ExamplesThe airplane is sure to duck

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)dive, plunge, plunk

3. duck (motion) dip into a liquid

SamplesHe dipped into the pool.

Synonymsdip, douse

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)dip, douse, dunk, plunge, souse

4. duck (communication) avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

SamplesHe dodged the issue.
She skirted the problem.
They tend to evade their responsibilities.
He evaded the questions skillfully.

Synonymscircumvent, dodge, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)avoid

Narrower (hyponym)beg, quibble

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