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fluke


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fluke  \Fluke\,  v.  t.  &  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fluked};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Fluking}.] 
  To  get  or  score  by  a  fluke;  as  to  fluke  a  play  in  billiards. 
  [Slang] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fluke  \Fluke\  (fl[=u]k),  n.  [Cf.  AS  fl[=o]c  a  kind  of  flatfish, 
  Icel.  fl[=o]ki  a  kind  of  halibut.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  European  flounder.  See  {Flounder}.  [Written 
  also  {fleuk},  {flook},  and  {flowk}].  [1913  Webster] 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  parasitic  trematode  worm  of  several  species, 
  having  a  flat,  lanceolate  body  and  two  suckers.  Two 
  species  ({Fasciola  hepatica}  and  {Distoma  lanceolatum}) 
  are  found  in  the  livers  of  sheep,  and  produce  the  disease 
  called  rot.  [1913  Webster] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fluke  \Fluke\  (fl[=u]k),  n.  [Cf.  LG  flunk,  flunka  wing,  the 
  palm  of  an  anchor;  perh.  akin  to  E.  fly.] 
  1.  The  part  of  an  anchor  which  fastens  in  the  ground;  a 
  flook.  See  {Anchor}. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  One  of  the  lobes  of  a  whale's  tail,  so  called 
  from  the  resemblance  to  the  fluke  of  an  anchor. 
 
  3.  An  instrument  for  cleaning  out  a  hole  drilled  in  stone  for 
  blasting. 
 
  4.  An  accidental  and  favorable  stroke  at  billiards  (called  a 
  scratch  in  the  United  States);  hence  any  accidental  or 
  unexpected  advantage;  as  he  won  by  a  fluke.  [Cant,  Eng.] 
  --A.  Trollope 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fluke 
  n  1:  a  stroke  of  luck  [syn:  {good  luck},  {good  fortune}] 
  2:  a  barb  on  a  harpoon  or  arrow 
  3:  flat  blade-like  projection  on  the  arm  of  an  anchor  [syn:  {flue}] 
  4:  either  of  the  two  lobes  of  the  tail  of  a  cetacean 
  5:  parasitic  flatworms  having  external  suckers  for  attaching  to 
  a  host  [syn:  {trematode}] 




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