American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Used as a mild oath.
- n. Slang Used as an intensive: had a heck of a lot of money; was crowded as heck.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A door with an open or latticework panel, or having its upper part hinged independently of the lower part.
- n. A latticed gate.
- n. A rack for holding fodder for cattle.
- n. A contrivance for catching fish, made in the form of latticework or grating: as, a salmon-heck.
- n. In weaving, one of two or more vertical frames with gratings having eyes for receiving the warp-threads, each eye receiving one thread of the warp, and the alternate vertical motion of the gratings separating the warp-threads to form an opening or shed for the passage of the shuttle.
- n. A latch or bolt, for fastening a door.
- n. The bend or winding of a stream.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Prov. Eng. The bolt or latch of a door.
- n. Prov. Eng. A rack for cattle to feed at.
- n. Prov. Eng. A door, especially one partly of latticework; -- called also
- n. A latticework contrivance for catching fish.
- n. (Weaving) An apparatus for separating the threads of warps into sets, as they are wound upon the reel from the bobbins, in a warping machine.
- n. Prov. Eng. A bend or winding of a stream.
- n. colloq. hell; -- a euphemism. Used commonly in the phrase “What the
- Alteration of hell. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You have to ask questions and verify just what in heck is being asked of your that's so important it needs your signature.”
“What the heck is a mature woman, who wants to remain fashionable, supposed to do?”
“At first, to be honest, I was a little demoralized – I mean, what the heck is the point of the euphoria I felt upon being named a New York Times Best Seller, if not to receive, what?”
“What the heck is the upside on these things that compensates for this risk?”
“MexConnect. com Forums: Specific Focus: Mexican Kitchen: What the heck is a Timbiriche???”
“Yes | No | Report from madtrapper wrote 28 weeks 3 days ago what the heck is an ipod”
“So if it's killing jobs, then why the heck is there lower unemployment?”
“Willie Brown and Anonymous: What the heck is your problem?”
“Sarah what the heck is your real reason for quiting.”
“If one has no affordable coverage or denied due to a pre-existing condition, what the heck is a Republican "tax cut" going to provide?!”
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