from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of buck.
  • n. The act or process of soaking or boiling cloth in an alkaline liquid in the operation of bleaching.
  • n. The liquid used in this process.
  • n. A washing.
  • n. The process of breaking up or pulverizing ores.
  • n.  : The act of kicking both hind legs upward (See buck).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of soaking or boiling cloth in an alkaline liquid in the operation of bleaching; also, the liquid used.
  • n. A washing.
  • n. The process of breaking up or pulverizing ores.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Given to bucking; addicted to the practice of bucking: as, a bucking horse.
  • n. The act of copulating, as bucks and does.
  • n. A vice peculiar to the horses of Mexico, Texas, and the western American plains, of Spanish descent, and to mules. See buck, verb
  • n. The act or process of steeping or soaking in lye or caustic soda, as in bleaching cotton thread, etc.
  • n. The act of breaking or pulverizing ore.


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