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  • v. Present participle of pluck.
  • n. An act in which something is plucked

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An act denoted by the verb pluck; specifically in geology, the process by which blocks of bed-rock are torn from their ledges by moving ice. The term is applied especially to this effect on the downward slopes, where the dragging action of ice seems to be of importance, as indicated in the term. Plucking is the process involved in the head-ward extension of glacial valleys and of the excavation of cirques.


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  • This method of plucking, known as _dry plucking_, is preferable when the skin must be kept intact and the poultry kept for any length of time.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery Volume 3: Soup; Meat; Poultry and Game; Fish and Shell Fish

  • There's great satisfaction in plucking a future star late in the draft, but with so many different prospect lists circulating before the season even starts, the odds of a rookie living up to his preseason hype are slim.

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  • I relax back into the chair only to begin plucking lint off my polyester robe-turned - "attrape tout".

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  • Then he resolved to visit the Hammam, that he might dispel doubt by supplying certainty; and when he entered, Abu Sir doffed his dress and betaking himself as of wont to the service of the King, proceeded to glove him; after which he said to him, “O King of the age, I have made a drug which assisteth in plucking out the lower hair.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Helicopter pilots flying from its deck were some of the first to begin plucking stranded New Orleans residents.

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  • Ripe for the plucking from the evil Rahula, the men will cross paths until the ultimate battle for righteousness must occur.

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  • How the String Cheese Incident -- five barefoot, mandolin - plucking improvisers from Boulder -- is taking on the most hated corporation in music (...)

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  • The French, who have always been probably the world's experts in plucking geese with the minimum of squawks, have a hidden sales tax which is now as high as 25%.

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  • Among the branches of this forest, theoretically at any rate, desirable and efficient charwomen hang in ripe clusters for the plucking; but the plucking is not so simple.

    Mrs. Miniver

  • He justifies them in plucking the ears of corn on the sabbath day, which, I will warrant you, a disciples of the Pharisees would not dare to have done; for it was contrary to an express tradition of their elders.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)


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  • The mechanical removal of pieces of rock from a bedrock face that is in contact with glacier ice. Blocks are quarried and prepared for removal by the freezing and thawing of water in cracks, joints, and fractures. The resulting pieces are frozen into the glacier ice and transported.

    November 18, 2008