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PECK, n.

1. The fourth part of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts; as a peck of wheat or oats.

2. In low language, a great deal; as, to be in a peck of troubles.

PECK, v.t.

1. To strike with the beak; to thrust the beak into, as a bird that pecks a hole in a tree.

2. To strike with a pointed instrument, or to delve or dig with any thing pointed, as with a pick-ax.

3. To pick up food with the beak.

4. To strike with small and repeated blows; to strike in manner to make small impressions. In this sense,the verb is generally intransitive. We say, to peck at.]

[This verb and pick are radically the same.]



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PECK, n.

1. The fourth part of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts; as a peck of wheat or oats.

2. In low language, a great deal; as, to be in a peck of troubles.

PECK, v.t.

1. To strike with the beak; to thrust the beak into, as a bird that pecks a hole in a tree.

2. To strike with a pointed instrument, or to delve or dig with any thing pointed, as with a pick-ax.

3. To pick up food with the beak.

4. To strike with small and repeated blows; to strike in manner to make small impressions. In this sense,the verb is generally intransitive. We say, to peck at.]

[This verb and pick are radically the same.]

PECK, n. [Arm. peck, a fourth; Fr. picotin.]

  1. The fourth part of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts; us, a peck of wheat or oats.
  2. In low language, a great deal; as, to be in a peck of troubles. Qu. pack.

PECK, v.t. [It. beccare; Sp. picar; Fr. becqueter; D. piken; G. picken; Dan. pikker. This verb is connected with the nouns beak and pike.]

  1. To strike with the beak; to thrust the beak into, as a bird that pecks a hole in a tree.
  2. To strike with a pointed instrument, or to delve or dig with any thing pointed, as with a pick-ax. – Carew.
  3. To pick up food with the beak. – Dryden.
  4. To strike with small and repeated blows; to strike in a manner to make small impressions. In this sense, the verb is generally intransitive. We say, to peck at. – South. [This verb and pick are radically the same.]

Peck
  1. The fourth part of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts; as, a peck of wheat.

    "A peck of provender." Shak.
  2. To strike with the beak] to thrust the beak into; as, a bird pecks a tree.
  3. To make strokes with the beak, or with a pointed instrument.

    Carew.
  4. A quick, sharp stroke, as with the beak of a bird or a pointed instrument.
  5. A great deal; a large or excessive quantity.

    "A peck of uncertainties and doubts." Milton.
  6. Hence: To strike, pick, thrust against, or dig into, with a pointed instrument; especially, to strike, pick, etc., with repeated quick movements.
  7. To pick up food with the beak; hence, to eat.

    [The hen] went pecking by his side. Dryden.

    To peck at, to attack with petty and repeated blows; to carp at; to nag; to tease.

  8. To seize and pick up with the beak, or as with the beak; to bite; to eat; -- often with up.

    Addison.

    This fellow pecks up wit as pigeons peas. Shak.

  9. To make, by striking with the beak or a pointed instrument; as, to peck a hole in a tree.
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Peck

PECK, noun

1. The fourth part of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts; as a peck of wheat or oats.

2. In low language, a great deal; as, to be in a peck of troubles.

PECK, verb transitive

1. To strike with the beak; to thrust the beak into, as a bird that pecks a hole in a tree.

2. To strike with a pointed instrument, or to delve or dig with any thing pointed, as with a pick-ax.

3. To pick up food with the beak.

4. To strike with small and repeated blows; to strike in manner to make small impressions. In this sense, the verb is generally intransitive. We say, to peck at.]

[This verb and pick are radically the same.]

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