from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To make a fold in; crease.
- intransitive v. To become creased.
- n. A crease or pucker, as in cloth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To act as a ruckman in a stoppage in Australian Rules football.
- v. To crease or fold.
- v. To become folded.
- n. A crease, a wrinkle, a pucker, as on fabric.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To cower; to huddle together; to squat; to sit, as a hen on eggs.
- n. A heap; a rick.
- n. The common sort, whether persons or things.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)
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)
Middle English ruke (Wiktionary)
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)