auk

Definitions

  • Auk - Razor-bill
    Auk - Razor-bill
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n auk black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Auk (Zoöl) A name given to various species of arctic sea birds of the family Alcidæ. The great auk, now extinct, is Alca impennisorPlautus impennis) . The razor-billed auk is Alca torda. See Puffin Guillemot, and Murre.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n auk A diving bird belonging to the family Alcidæ and the order Pygopodes, characterized by having 3 toes, webbed feet, and short wings and tail. Originally the name was specifically applied to the great auk, or garefowl, Alca impennis, which became extinct about 1844, notable as the largest bird of the family and the only one deprived of the power of flight by reason of the smallness of its wings, though these were as perfectly formed as in other birds. It was about 30 inches long, the length of the wing being only about 6 inches. Its color was dark-brown above and white below, with a large white spot before the eye. It abounded on both coasts of the North Atlantic, nearly or quite to the arctic circle, and south on the American side to Massachusetts. The name came to be also specifically applied to the razor-billed auk, Alca or Utamania torda, a similar but much smaller species, about 15 inches long, with a white line instead of a spot before the eye; and finally, as a book-name, it was made synonymous with Alcidæ. Several North Pacific species still bear the name, as the rhinoceros auk (Ceratorhina monocerata), the crested auk (Simorhynchus cristatellus), etc.; but other special names are usually found for most of the birds of this family, as puffin, murre, guillemot, dovekie, auklet, etc. There are about 24 species belonging to the family. See Alca, Alcidæ.
    • auk Same as awk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Auk awk a genus of web-footed sea-birds, with short wings used only as paddles, found in the northern seas. The Great Auk is supposed to have become extinct in 1844.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E. alk,; akin to Dan. alke, Icel. & Sw. alka,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. álka.

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps I am like the Princess in the fairy story whose heart was an auk's egg.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
An egg of the Great Auk is not to be had for a song.
"Symbolic Logic" by Lewis Carroll
The stormy petrel is supposed to herald bad weather, and the great auk to tell that land is very near.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
The markings varied in endless pattern as do those of the smaller Auk.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Others brought auks and murres; but the Judge still led the van.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
Saw an auk or black guillemot to-day, and later a sea-gull in the distance.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
The puffin uses its wings under the water, and so do the other members of the auk family.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Biological Laboratory, Auke Bay, Alaska.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
But there was not a sound like the barking of dogs, only noisy auks, harsh-toned little auks, and screaming kittiwakes.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Directly north of the latter island is Mendenhall Glacier, formerly known as the Auk.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
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In poetry:

Consider the auk;
Becoming extinct because he forgot how to fly, and could only walk.
Consider man, who may well become extinct
Because he forgot how to walk and learned how to fly before he thinked.
"A Caution To Everybody" by Ogden Nash
In Iceland's greasy mountains, where Eskimos shoot whales,
And the penguin pens and pipes his plaintive song;
The storks are busy stalking and the auks have gone out hawking,
And the niff-niff bird is humming all day long.
"The Eskimoos" by Billy Bennett

In news:

The Lost Bird Project Lost Bird Project - auk -for-press_opt.
The team departed from Auke Bay Boat Harbor on Septembe.
When the new $200 million University of Alaska Fairbanks ship hits the water in 2013-14, it will carry the name "Sikuliaq," pronounced "see-koo-lee-auk.
On-Auk- Mor Indian Smoke Shop.
Will marry at 3 pm on Aug 7, 2010, at the Auke Bay Recreation Area.
69-foot cellphone communications tower to rise on hill near Auke Bay.
Juneau's Planning Commission approved Verizon's request for a permit to build a new cell tower in the Auke Bay area, Tuesday.
A construction barge is removing the DeHart's marina in Auke Bay this week.
The sky over Auke Bay clears as a west wind pounds waves into the breakwater of the Statter Memorial Boat Harbor on Monday.
Totem pole removed from Auke Recreation Area for refurbishing.
The Woosh Kinaadeiyí Poetry Slam, which became a traveling operation a few months back, will set up camp this month at the Auke Bay Firehouse .
This will be the slam's first event in Auke Bay.
The Coast Guard said the 207-foot Spirit of Glacier Bay will be escorted to Auke Bay.
Findings from a little-known weir on Auke Creek.
Juneau police are still trying to piece together a picture of what happened last Saturday at Auke Lake when an inner tube being towed by a jet ski was struck by another jet ski, resulting in the death of a 16-year-old girl.
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In science:

A such that (1) for al l k , gk = [uk ] in U (A)/U0 (A) and (2) limk→∞ kuk a − auk k = 0 for al l a in A.
The Automorphism group of a simple tracially AI algebra
Suppose there exists a sequence of unitaries {uk }∞ k=1 in A such that (1) [uk ] = gk in U (A)/U0 (A) for all k and (2) limk→∞ kuk a − auk k = 0 for all a in A.
The Automorphism group of a simple tracially AI algebra
A such that (1) for all k in N, we have that [uk ] = gk in U (A)/U0 (A) and (2) limk→∞ kuk a − auk k = 0 for all a in A.
The Automorphism group of a simple tracially AI algebra
Since limk→∞ kuk a − auk k = 0 for all a, we have that ϕ is a unital ∗-homomorphism.
The Automorphism group of a simple tracially AI algebra
Let {Aj }∞ j=1 be a sequence of bounded self-adjoint operators such that kAj u−Auk = 0 for every u ∈ DA .
Functions of perturbed unbounded self-adjoint operators. Operator Bernstein type inequalities
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