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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Duck  \Duck\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Ducked};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Ducking}.]  [OE.  duken,  douken  to  dive;  akin  to  D.  duiken, 
  OHG.  t?hhan,  MHG.  tucken,  t["u]cken,  t?chen,  G.  tuchen.  Cf 
  5th  {Duck}.] 
  1.  To  thrust  or  plunge  under  water  or  other  liquid  and 
  suddenly  withdraw. 
 
  Adams,  after  ducking  the  squire  twice  or  thrice, 
  leaped  out  of  the  tub.  --Fielding. 
 
  2.  To  plunge  the  head  of  under  water,  immediately  withdrawing 
  it  as  duck  the  boy. 
 
  3.  To  bow;  to  bob  down  to  move  quickly  with  a  downward 
  motion.  ``  Will  duck  his  head  aside.''  --Swift. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ducking  \Duck"ing\, 
  n.  &  a.,  from  {Duck},  v.  t.  &  i. 
 
  {Ducking  stool},  a  stool  or  chair  in  which  common  scolds  were 
  formerly  tied,  and  plunged  into  water,  as  a  punishment. 
  See  {Cucking  stool}.  The  practice  of  ducking  began  in  the 
  latter  part  of  the  15th  century,  and  prevailed  until  the 
  early  part  of  the  18th,  and  occasionally  as  late  as  the 
  19th  century.  --Blackstone.  Chambers. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ducking 
  n  1:  duck  hunting 
  2:  the  act  of  submerging  something  [syn:  {dousing},  {immersion}] 




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