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n. The male of birds, particularly of gallinaceous or domestic fowls.


 - A vane in the shape of a cock; a weathercock.


 - A chief man; a leader or master.


 - The crow of a cock, esp. the first crow in the morning; cockcrow.


 - A faucet or valve.


 - The style of gnomon of a dial. The indicator of a balance. The bridge piece which affords a bearing for the pivot of a balance in a clock or watch. Ball cock. See under Ball.


 - Chaparral cock. See under Chaparral.


 - Cock and bull story, an extravagant, boastful story; a canard.


 - Cock of the plains (Zool.) See Sage cock.


 - Cock of the rock (Zool.), a South American bird (Rupicola aurantia) having a beautiful crest.


 - Cock of the walk, a chief or master; the hero of the hour; one who has over crowed, or got the better of, rivals or competitors.


 - Cock of the woods. See Capercailzie.


 - vb. To set erect; to turn up. To shape, as a hat, by turning up the brim. To set on one side in a pert or jaunty manner.


 - To turn (the eye) obliquely and partially close its lid, as an expression of derision or insinuation.


 - Cocked hat. (a) A hat with large, stiff flaps turned up to a peaked crown, thus making its form triangular; - called also three-cornered hat. (b) A game similar to ninepins, except that only three pins are used, which are set up at the angles of a triangle.


 - vb. To strut; to swagger; to look big, pert, or menacing.


 - n. The act of cocking; also, the turn so given; as, a cock of the eyes; to give a hat a saucy cock.


 - n. The notch of an arrow or crossbow.


 - The hammer in the lock of a firearm. At cock, At full cock, with the hammer raised and ready to fire; - said of firearms, also, jocularly, of one prepared for instant action.


 - At half cock. See under Half.


 - Cock feather (Archery), the feather of an arrow at right angles to the direction of the cock or notch.


 - vb. To draw the hammer of (a firearm) fully back and set it for firing.


 - vb. To draw back the hammer of a firearm, and set it for firing.


 - n. A small conical pile of hay.


 - vb. To put into cocks or heaps, as hay.


 - n. A small boat.


 - n. A corruption or disguise of the word God, used in oaths.

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