from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various flatfishes, especially a flounder of the genus Paralichthys.
- n. See trematode.
- n. Nautical The triangular blade at the end of an arm of an anchor, designed to catch in the ground.
- n. A barb or barbed head, as on an arrow or a harpoon.
- n. Either of the two horizontally flattened divisions of the tail of a whale.
- n. A stroke of good luck.
- n. A chance occurrence; an accident.
- n. Games An accidentally good or successful stroke in billiards or pool.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lucky or improbable occurrence, with the implication that the occurrence could not be repeated.
- v. To obtain a successful outcome by pure chance.
- v. To fortuitously pot a ball in an unintended way.
- n. A flounder.
- n. A trematode; a parasitic flatworm of the Trematoda class, related to the tapeworm.
- n. Either of the two lobes of a whale's or similar creature's tail.
- n. Any of the triangular blades at the end of an anchor, designed to catch the ground.
- n. A metal hook on the head of certain staff weapons (such as a bill), made in various forms depending on function, whether used for grappling or to penetrate armour when swung at an opponent.
- n. In general, a winglike formation on a central piece.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The European flounder. See flounder.
- n. Any American flounder of the genus Paralichthys, especially Paralicthys dentatus, found in the Atlantic Ocean and in adjacent bays.
- n. A parasitic trematode worm of several species, having a flat, lanceolate body and two suckers. Two species (Fasciola hepatica and Distoma lanceolatum) are found in the livers of sheep, and produce the disease called rot.
- n. The part of an anchor which fastens in the ground; a flook. See anchor.
- n. One of the lobes of a whale's tail, so called from the resemblance to the fluke of an anchor.
- n. An instrument for cleaning out a hole drilled in stone for blasting.
- n. An accidental and favorable stroke at billiards (called a scratch in the United States); hence, any accidental or unexpected advantage.
- v. To get or score by a fluke.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The part of an anchor which catches in the ground. See anchor.
- n. One of the barbs of a harpoon or toggle-iron; a flue: called by English whalemen wither.
- n. Either half of the tail of a cetacean or sirenian: so called from its resemblance to the fluke of an anchor.
- n. In mining, an instrument used to clean a hole previous to charging it with powder for blasting.
- n. [⟨ fluke, verb] In billiards, an accidentally successful stroke; the advantage gained when, playing for one thing, one gets another; hence, any unexpected or accidental advantage or turn; a chance; a scratch.
- n. Hence— To become refractory or mutinous; make a disturbance on board ship.
- n. Hence— To go to bed; bunk or turn in.
- In whaling: To disable the flukes of, as a whale, by spading.
- To fasten, as a whale, by means of a chain or rope.
- In whaling, to use the flukes, as a fish or cetacean: often with an indefinite it.
- To gain an advantage over a competitor or opponent by accident or chance; especially, to make a scratch in billiards. See fluke, n., 5.
- n. A name given locally in Great Britain to species of flatfish.
- n. A trematoid worm; an entozoic parasitic worm of the order Trematoidea, infesting various parts of man and other animals, especially the liver, bile-ducts, etc.: so called from the resemblance of its hydatid to a fluke or flounder.
- n. Waste cotton.
- n. A lock of hair.
- n. A result of accident or lucky chance rather than of skill.
- n. A failure, as of a yacht-race for lack of wind.
- In shooting, to hit by a chance shot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stroke of luck
- n. a barb on a harpoon or arrow
- n. either of the two lobes of the tail of a cetacean
- n. flat bladelike projection on the arm of an anchor
- n. parasitic flatworms having external suckers for attaching to a host
Middle English, from Old English flōc; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
Possibly from fluke1.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English floc ("flatfish"), related to Old Norse floke ("flatfish") (Wiktionary)
Possibly as Etymology 2 or from Middle Low German flügel ("wing") (Wiktionary)