American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A multitude; a throng.
- n. The undistinguished crowd or ordinary run of persons or things.
- n. People who are followers, not leaders.
- n. Sports A play in Rugby in which a mass of players gathers around a ball dropped by a tackled ball carrier, with each player attempting to gain possession of the ball by kicking it to a teammate.
- n. Sports The mass of players during such a play. Also called loose scrum.
- v. To make a fold in; crease.
- v. To become creased.
- n. A crease or pucker, as in cloth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To squat, like a bird on its nest or a beast crouching; crouch down; cower; hence, to huddle together; lie close, as sheep in a fold.
- The furies made the bride-groomes bed, and on the house did rucke
- A cursed owle, the messenger of ill successe and lucke.
- To perch; seat, as a bird when roosting: used reflexively.
- n. A fold, crease, or pucker in the material of a garment, resulting from faults in the making.
- n. In printing, a crease or wrinkle made in a sheet of paper in passing from the feed-board to impression.
- To wrinkle; crease; pucker: usually with up: as, to ruck up cloth; to ruck up a silk skirt.
- To ruffle the temper of; annoy; vex: followed by up.
- To become creased and wrinkled; draw up in wrinkles or puckers: as, this stuff rucks easily.
- To be ruffled in temper; be annoyed, vexed, or excited: followed by up.
- n. Same as rick.
- n. A vague unit of volume, a stack, about 5¾ cubic yards of bark.
- n. A crowd or throng; especially, a closely packed and indiscriminate crowd or mass of persons or things; a jam; a press.
- n. The common run of persons or things; the commonplace multitude, as contrasted with the distinguished or successful few: specifically said of the defeated horses in a race.
- n. Trash; rubbish; nonsense.
- To gather together into heaps.
- n. A small heifer.
- n. A rut in a road.
- n. Same as roc.
- v. obsolete, transitive To act as a ruckman in a stoppage in Australian Rules football.
- v. transitive To crease or fold.
- v. intransitive To become folded.
- n. A crease, a wrinkle, a pucker, as on fabric.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Obs. or prov. Eng. A roc.
- v. To draw into wrinkles or unsightly folds; to crease.
- n. A wrinkle or crease in a piece of cloth, or in needlework.
- v. Obs. or Prov. Eng. To cower; to huddle together; to squat; to sit, as a hen on eggs.
- n. Prov Eng. & Scot. A heap; a rick.
- n. colloq. The common sort, whether persons or things.
- n. a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things
- v. become wrinkled or drawn together
- n. an irregular fold in an otherwise even surface (as in cloth)
- 1780, from Old Norse hrukka ("wrinkle, crease"), from Proto-Germanic *hrunkijō, *hrunkitō (“fold, wrinkle”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to turn, bend”). Akin to Icelandic hrukka ("wrinkle, crease, ruck"), Old High German runza ("fold, wrinkle, crease"), German Runzel ("wrinkle"), Middle Dutch ronse ("frown"). More at frounce. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ruke, heap, probably of Scandinavian origin.Ultimately from Old Norse hrukka, wrinkle, fold; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Today he was great, after first quarter even in ruck duel.”
“We see Daniel as a medium-term ruck project for us - we certainly don't have high expectations for the coming season, but we think it could be a two-to-three year development process instead of a four-to-five year one.”
“What lifts Chandler above the ruck is the exquisiteness of his prose—economical yet flexible.”
“The ruck is the greatest concern for Damien Hardwick at present as they are without genuine AFL-standard options in that position.”
“They're not loyal to institutions; they're not loyal to candidates," cautions Nathan Daschle, a Democratic strategist who has founded a political website called ruck.us.”
“The ruck is my spot with a little time up forward," he told Cats TV.”
“The referee's not called a ruck, I'm on my feet and I've got a hand on the ball.”
“ALMOST total dominance in the ruck was the catalyst for a boilover at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night, where the Swans handed Hawthorn a 38-point defeat.”
“Had it been, Arthur and Dig might have been some time getting out of the "ruck," as they politely termed the group of their pedestrian fellow-naturalists.”
“The one is the fisherman's liability, while working among the "ruck," to run a sharp fish-bone into his hand, the other to gash himself with his knife while attempting to operate on the tail of a skate.”
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