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flock1 /flɑk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Animal Behaviora group of animals, esp. sheep, goats, or birds, that live, travel, or feed together:a flock of geese.
  2. a large group of people or things:flocks of sightseers.
  3. Biblea church congregation.

v. [no object]
  1. to gather or go in a flock:They flocked around the hero.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
flock1  (flok),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Animal Behaviora number of animals of one kind, esp. sheep, goats, or birds, that keep or feed together or are herded together.
  2. a large number of people;
    crowd.
  3. a large group of things:a flock of letters to answer.
  4. Bible(in New Testament and ecclesiastical use)
    • the Christian church in relation to Christ.
    • a single congregation in relation to its pastor.
  5. [Archaic.]a band or company of persons.

v.i. 
  1. to gather or go in a flock or crowd:They flocked around the football hero.
flockless, adj. 
  • bef. 1000; (noun, nominal) Middle English; Old English floc; cognate with Old Norse flokkr; (verb, verbal) Middle English, derivative of the noun, nominal
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bevy, covey, flight, gaggle;
      brood, hatch, litter;
      shoal, school, swarm, group, company.
      Flock, drove, herd, pack refer to a company of animals, often under the care or guidance of someone.
      Flock is the popular term, which applies to groups of animals, esp. of sheep or goats, and companies of birds:This lamb is the choicest of the flock. A flock of wild geese flew overhead.Drove is esp. applied to a number of oxen, sheep, or swine when driven in a group:A drove of oxen was taken to market. A large drove of swine filled the roadway.Herd is usually applied to large animals such as cattle, originally meaning those under the charge of someone;
      but by extension, to other animals feeding or driven together:a buffalo herd; a herd of elephants.Pack applies to a number of animals kept together or keeping together for offense or defense:a pack of hounds kept for hunting; a pack of wolves.As applied to people,
      drove, herd, and
      pack carry a contemptuous implication.
    See  collective noun. 

flock2  (flok),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a lock or tuft of wool, hair, cotton, etc.
  2. Textiles(sometimes used with a pl. v.) wool refuse, shearings of cloth, old cloth torn to pieces, or the like, for upholstering furniture, stuffing mattresses, etc.
  3. Furniture, TextilesAlso called  flocking. (sometimes used with a pl. v.) finely powdered wool, cloth, etc., used for producing a velvetlike pattern on wallpaper or cloth or for coating metal.
  4. floc (def. 1).

v.t. 
  1. to stuff with flock, as a mattress.
  2. Furniture, Textilesto decorate or coat with flock, as wallpaper, cloth, or metal.
  • Latin floccus floccus. Compare Old High German floccho
  • Old French floc
  • Middle English flok 1250–1300


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flock /flɒk/ n (sometimes functioning as plural)
  1. a group of animals of one kind, esp sheep or birds
  2. a large number of people; crowd
  3. a body of Christians regarded as the pastoral charge of a priest, a bishop, the pope, etc
vb (intransitive)
  1. to gather together or move in a flock
  2. to go in large numbers: people flocked to the church
Etymology: Old English flocc; related to Old Norse flokkr crowd, Middle Low German vlocke
flock /flɒk/ n
  1. a tuft, as of wool, hair, cotton, etc
  2. waste from fabrics such as cotton, wool, or other cloth used for stuffing mattresses, upholstered chairs, etc
  3. very small tufts of wool applied to fabrics, wallpaper, etc, to give a raised pattern
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French floc, from Latin floccus; probably related to Old High German floccho down, Norwegian flugsa snowflake

ˈflocky adj



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