from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To supplement with great effort. Used with out: eked out an income by working two jobs.
- transitive v. To get with great effort or strain. Used with out: eke a bare existence from farming in an arid area.
- transitive v. To make (a supply) last by practicing strict economy. Used with out.
- adv. Archaic Also.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To increase; to add to, augment, lengthen.
- n. An addition.
- n. A very small addition to the bottom of a beehive, often merely of a few bands of straw, on which the hive is raised temporarily.
- adv. Also.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To increase; to add to; to augment; -- now commonly used with out, the notion conveyed being to add to, or piece out by a laborious, inferior, or scanty addition.
- adv. In addition; also; likewise.
- n. An addition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To increase; enlarge; lengthen; protract; prolong.
- To add to; supply what is lacking to; increase, extend, or make barely sufficient by addition: usually followed by out: as, to eke out a piece of cloth; to eke out a performance.
- n. Something added to something else.
- n. Same as eking, 2.
- Also; likewise; in addition.
- n. An added structure.
- n. In agriculture, an oblong stack.
I looked up the Standard English, but rarely-used, verb "eke".
Odd, when I tried "eke" it gave me the Turkish verb "ekmek."
With this practice Râmânuja's interpretation, on the other hand, fully agrees; for, according to him, the 'eke' are the
And think before the latest engine shift that we got over the course of the last 10 weeks, we're going to start seeing a kind of eke into Q3, we're going to start to see it pick up pretty good in Q4, and then we're going to accelerate from there and then as we got into supporting calendar year '12 build rates, we're going to see the second step.
Republicans eked out some gains in other states, including my own North Carolina (and I do mean "eke").
Most Asian markets also slipped, although a weaker yen helped Tokyo eke out a gain.
With Jersey Shore, MTV decided to do its own line as a way to eke out more revenue from the thriving franchise.
Fund manager Perpetual said it is willing to share limited financial information with private-equity group KKR to perhaps eke out a higher bid.
But rather than tell that story, dig in, and fight like a true leader would, Obama has chosen to hire corporate-friendly advisors, compromise on the most crucial substance, and attempt to eke out weak, symbolic, half-victories gift-wrapped in flowery oratory and spin.
As Professor Moeen Cheema notes, these young, part-time and often poor lawyer-foot soldiers that made up the bulk of Pakistan's legal establishment, "barely eke out a decent living from legal practice ... and enrollment in the bar is a part-time venture for them that provides a status of respectability rather than living wages."