Puck

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n puck a vulcanized rubber disk 3 inches in diameter that is used instead of a ball in ice hockey
    • n Puck a mischievous sprite of English folklore
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pucks hit by hockey sticks have reached speeds of up to 150 miles per hour
    • Puck (Mediæval Myth) A celebrated fairy, “the merry wanderer of the night;” -- called also Robin Goodfellow Friar Rush Pug, etc. "He meeteth Puck , whom most men call
      Hobgoblin, and on him doth fall."
    • n Puck A disk of vulcanized rubber used in the game of hockey, as the object to be driven through the goals.
    • Puck (Zoöl) The goatsucker.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hockey pucks were originally made from frozen cow dung
    • n puck A fairy; elf; sprite.
    • n puck Specifically [capitalized] A fairy of high repute. who was also known by the names of Robin Goodfellow and Friar Rush. His character and attributes are depicted in Shakspere's “Midsummer Night's Dream.” He was the chief of the domestic tribe of fairies, or brownies as they are called in Scotland.
    • n puck The devil; Satan.
    • n puck A disk of rubber used in place of a ball in hockey.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pac-Man, Namco's 1979 arcade game, was originally called "Puck Man". The name was changed when they realized that vandals could easily scratch out part of the letter "P".
    • n Puck puk a goblin or mischievous sprite: a merry fairy in Midsummer Night's Dream
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Quotations

  • Wayne Gretzky
    Wayne Gretzky
    “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pouke,; cf. OSw. puke, Icel. pūki, an evil demon, W. pwca, a hobgoblin. Cf. Poker a bugbear, Pug
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. pouke—Celt., as Ir. puca, W. pwca, bwg; conn. with Ice. púki. Cf. Pug, Bug.

Usage

In literature:

The insult Puck had offered her was too much.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
The lodge was then covered with ap-puck-wois, securely lashed on.
"Old Mackinaw" by W. P. Strickland
The room seemed to swarm with tricksy Pucks.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland
In the position of Jack Horner, sits Miss Hosmer's Puck.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864" by Various
Bereft of room to play, Puck might become disagreeable, though a disagreeable Puck is something unimaginable.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
G. Strube's comedy overture "Puck" produced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
It was as though Puck had turned poet and then had turned preacher.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
He is Puck, with the brain of an administrator.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Therefore the words of Puck's attorney were received with tumultuous applause.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
The next morning his majesty sent for the dwarf, Puck, to his private cabinet, and received him with an unusually grave and troubled aspect.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 4 October 1848" by Various
Old Puck, as we used to call him, was my tutor.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
Puck (Robin Goodfellow), 149.
"An Introduction to Shakespeare" by H. N. MacCracken
That he is a tricky, Puck-like nature is evident.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
One of these numerous forgeries of our Puck appears in an article in Isaac Reed's catalogue, art.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Among the Shawnee sub-chiefs was Puck-ee-shin-wah, father of a boy named Tecumseh who grew to the greatness of Pontiac.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Puck, or Robin Goodfellow, is the leader of the fairy band.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
Puck might travel it now in less than forty minutes.
"1931: A Glance at the Twentieth Century" by Henry Hartshorne
I have got an invitation to the supper and ball to-morrow evening at Countess Walther Puck's!
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Let the tricksy sprite Puck pop suddenly into the middle of them!
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Puck, name of fairy, 5-8, 11, 87.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
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In poetry:

"No Winters now, my little Maid,
Like those that used to come,
Making our Christmas sparkle, bright
As crystallized plum-cake at night,
And Frost his Puck-like trickeries played,
With fancies frolicsome.
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey

In news:

All three lines played a strong game — scoring, defending and hustling to the puck.
Hailey Gould (5) of the Aberdeen Cougars battles a Watertown player for the puck in a game from last year's state tournament.
New Wolfgang Puck Steak restaurant opens at MGM Grand Detroit.
The Wolfgang Puck Steak at MGM Grand Detroit has opened with a winning menu of fine steaks, - 6:00 pm.
Pucks weren't going in even with the Caps dominating the play against the Rangers.
Clip, where The Great One performs various puck feats.
The Lawmakers, in red, and the USA Warriors, in blue, challenge for the puck.
Cam Fowler blasts the ref with the puck after the ref made a series of bad calls.
Enlarge Matthew Busch mbusch1@mlive.com Griffins's Chad Billins tries to get the puck from under Peoria's T.J. Hensick during the Grand Rapids Griffins game against Peoria Rivermen on Friday, December 14, 2012.
Rush-Henrietta's Braden Passmore, left, gains possession of the puck in front of Gates Chili's Adam Phelan during last Friday's scrimmage at Genesee Valley.
Juggling pucks and books.
Kelowna Rockets Dylen McKinlay fires the puck at Edmonton Oil Kings goalie Laurent Brossoit in WHL action at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Oct 27, 2012.
Mandy Sailor (top) of the Elks and Leni Mack of Anoka collided while pursuing the puck.
Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina, the first of two new Puck restaurants inside the MGM Grand Detroit casino, is opening for dinner tonight.
Amazing Ass: Jack Powell performs a complex role brilliantly as Bottom (at right, with Shawna Cormier's Puck), shifting from scene-stealer to supportive foil.
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In science:

The other side of this breadboard contains four custom aluminum pucks for mounting the entire assembly to the Palomar AO system.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
The AO bench has an identical set of pucks attached in the same configuration.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
When the instrument is raised up to the bench, the four opposing sets of pucks are aligned and clamped together, with the dewar and coronagraphic optics hanging down (Figure 1).
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
Compression in this corner will allow the instrument to become parallel with the AO bench as the instrument is raised up. 2) Our cart has fine x-y adjustment to match our mounting pucks with the AO bench pucks.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
A robot positions the fiber puck or a drill bit.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
Where a single (x, y) robot arm is used to position many pucks or holes, the robot typically has δrn ≃ 10–15 µm precision.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
A further source of orthogonal fiber mounting error comes from the centering of the fibers in their carrier pucks or ferrules.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
This problem is more acute for instruments using pre-drilled plates because the time between positioning and observation will usually be much longer than for puck-positioning instruments, making it harder to predict the temperature at observation.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
There are generally two options available to compensate for residual image scale errors at the time of observation for puck and plug-plate instruments.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
For magnetic-puck instruments, the required distortion may be achieved by permanent bending of the mount plate, although this may complicate the requirements for the robotic positioner.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
Further small parallel errors will result from fiber to fiber variations of the position of the fiber aperture with respect to the mounting surface of the ferrule or puck.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
For instruments that glue pucks to the mount plate, variations in the thickness of the glue used to attach the fiber to the plate will vary rp , but with careful application this also should be a matter of only a few microns.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
Drilled plug-plate systems offer a distinct advantage over puck-mounted fibers in this respect because the holes in the plug plate can be drilled to tilt all of the fibers close to θT = 0 for any fiber arrangement.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
T over the area each puck reaches, potentially resulting in larger losses.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
Its pucks have a 2◦ offset built into their input prisms, leaving an uncorrected fiber alignment error of up to θT ≃ 2◦ (Lewis et al. 2002), or ∼ 13 per cent of the f /3.5 corrected input beam width.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
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