flock

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /flɒk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /flɑk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒk

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English flock (flock), from Old English flocc (flock, company, troop), from Proto-Germanic *flukkaz, *flakka- (crowd, troop). Cognate with Middle Low German vlocke (crowd, flock), Old Norse flokkr (crowd, troop, band, flock). Perhaps related to Old English folc (crowd, troop, band). More at folk.

Noun[edit]

flock (2) of sheep

flock (plural flocks)

  1. A number of birds together in a group, such as those gathered together for the purpose of migration.
  2. A large number of animals associated together in a group; commonly used of various farmed animals, such as sheep and goats, but applied to a wide variety of animals.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 170:
      He told his father, and said it would be just suitable work for him to run about fields and woods amongst the strawberry hills after a flock of hares, and now and then lie down and take a nap on some sunny hill.
  3. Those served by a particular pastor or shepherd.
    • 1864, Alfred Tennyson, “Aylmer’s Field”, in Enoch Arden, &c., London: Edward Moxon & Co., [], OCLC 879237670, page 83:
      But lapsed into so long a pause again / As half amazed, half frighted all his flock: [...]
    • 1995, Green Key Books, God's Word to the Nations (John 10:16)[1]:
      I also have other sheep that are not from this pen. I must lead them. They, too, will respond to my voice. So they will be one flock with one shepherd.
  4. A large number of people.
    Synonym: congregation
  5. (Christianity) A religious congregation.
    Synonym: congregation
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(large number of people):

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Verb[edit]

flock (third-person singular simple present flocks, present participle flocking, simple past and past participle flocked)

  1. (intransitive) To congregate in or head towards a place in large numbers.
    People flocked to the cinema to see the new film.
    • 1697, “(please specify the book number)”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      What place the gods for our repose assigned.
      Friends daily flock; and scarce the kindly spring
      Began to clothe the ground
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To flock to; to crowd.
    • 1609, Taylor
      Good fellows, trooping, flocked me so.
  3. To treat a pool with chemicals to remove suspended particles.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English flok (tuft of wool), from Old French floc (tuft of wool), from Late Latin floccus (tuft of wool), probably from Frankish *flokko (down, wool, flock), from Proto-Germanic *flukkōn-, *flukkan-, *fluksōn- (down, flock), from Proto-Indo-European *plewk- (hair, fibres, tuft). Cognate with Old High German flocko (down), Middle Dutch vlocke (flock), Norwegian dialectal flugsa (snowflake). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian flokë (hair).

Noun[edit]

flock (countable and uncountable, plural flocks)

  1. Coarse tufts of wool or cotton used in bedding.
  2. A lock of wool or hair.
  3. Very fine sifted woollen refuse, especially that from shearing the nap of cloths, formerly used as a coating for wallpaper to give it a velvety or clothlike appearance; also, the dust of vegetable fibre used for a similar purpose.
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Verb[edit]

flock (third-person singular simple present flocks, present participle flocking, simple past and past participle flocked)

  1. (transitive) To coat a surface with dense fibers or particles; especially, to create a dense arrangement of fibers with a desired nap.
    the sampling and elution advantages of flocked swabs versus spun swabs
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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Swedish flokker, flukker, from Old Norse flokkr, from Proto-Germanic *flukkaz. Cognate with Faroese flokkur, Icelandic flokkur, Norwegian flokk, and Danish flok.

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Noun[edit]

flock c

  1. flock; a group of people or animals
  2. murder of crows

Declension[edit]

Declension of flock 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative flock flocken flockar flockarna
Genitive flocks flockens flockars flockarnas

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