a number of animals of one kind, especially sheep, goats, or birds, that keep or feed together or are herded together.
a large number of people; crowd.
a large group of things:
a flock of letters to answer.
Archaic. a band or company of persons.
verb (used without object)
to gather or go in a flock or crowd:
They flocked around the football hero.
a lock or tuft of wool, hair, cotton, etc.
(sometimes used with a plural verb) wool refuse, shearings of cloth, old cloth torn to pieces, or the like, for upholstering furniture, stuffing mattresses, etc.
Also called flocking. (sometimes used with a plural verb) finely powdered wool, cloth, etc., used for producing a velvetlike pattern on wallpaper or cloth or for coating metal.
verb (used with object)
to stuff with flock, as a mattress.
to decorate or coat with flock, as wallpaper, cloth, or metal.
noun (sometimes functioning as pl)
a group of animals of one kind, esp sheep or birds
a large number of people; crowd
a body of Christians regarded as the pastoral charge of a priest, a bishop, the pope, etc
(rare) a band of people; group
to gather together or move in a flock
to go in large numbers: people flocked to the church
a tuft, as of wool, hair, cotton, etc
very small tufts of wool applied to fabrics, wallpaper, etc, to give a raised pattern
another word for floccule
(transitive) to fill, cover, or ornament with flock
Old English flocc “a group of persons, company, troop,” related to Old Norse flokkr “crowd, troop, band,” Middle Low German vlocke “crowd, flock (of sheep);” not found in other Germanic languages; perhaps related to folc “people,” but the metathesis would have been unusual for Old English.
Extended c.1200 to “a number of animals of one kind moving or feeding together;” of domestic animals c.1300. Transferred to bodies of Christians, in relation to Christ or their local pastor, from mid-14c.
“tuft of wool,” mid-13c., probably from Old French floc, from Latin floccus “flock of wool, lock of hair.”
“gather, congregate,” c.1300, from flock (n.). Related: Flocked; flocking.
[flok-bed] /ˈflɒkˌbɛd/ noun 1. a with a mattress stuffed with wool refuse, shearings of cloth, or the like.
noun 1. a pattern of dots or figures that are not woven but attached to cloth with adhesive.
[flod-n] /ˈflɒd n/ noun 1. a hill in NE England, in Northumberland county: the invading Scots were disastrously defeated here by the English, 1513. /ˈflɒdən/ noun 1. a hill in Northumberland where invading Scots were defeated by the English in 1513 and James IV of Scotland was killed Also called Flodden Field
[floh] /floʊ/ noun 1. Also called ice floe. a sheet of floating ice, chiefly on the surface of the sea, smaller than an ice field. 2. a detached floating portion of such a sheet. /fləʊ/ noun 1. See ice floe n. 1817, first used by Arctic explorers, probably from Norwegian flo “layer, slab,” from Old […]