• WordNet 3.6
    • n beck a beckoning gesture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were all once the lead guitarist for the English band the Yardbirds in the 1960's.
    • n Beck A significant nod, or motion of the head or hand, esp. as a call or command. "They have troops of soldiers at their beck ."
    • n Beck A small brook. "The brooks, the becks , the rills."
    • n Beck A vat. See Back.
    • n Beck See Beak.
    • v. i Beck To nod, or make a sign with the head or hand.
    • v. t Beck To notify or call by a nod, or a motion of the head or hand; to intimate a command to. "When gold and silver becks me to come on."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beck A brook; a small stream; especially, a brook with a stony bed or rugged course.
    • n beck The valley of a beck; a field or patch of ground adjacent to a brook. See batch.
    • beck To signal by a nod or other significant gesture; beckon.
    • beck To recognize a person by a slight bow or nod.
    • beck To summon or intimate some command or desire to by a nod or gesture; beckon to.
    • beck To express by a gesture: as, to beck thanks.
    • n beck A nod of the head or other significant gesture intended to be understood as expressive of a desire, or as a sign of command.
    • n beck A gesture of salutation or recognition; a bow; a courtesy.
    • n beck An agricultural implement with two hooks, used in dressing turnips, etc.; a form of mattock.
    • n beck A beak.
    • n beck Any pointed or projecting part of the dress, especially of a head-dress, as of the bycocket.
    • n beck A vat or vessel used in a dye-house; a back.
    • n beck Same as beck-harman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beck bek (Spens.) Same as Beak.
    • n Beck bek a brook.
    • n Beck bek a sign with the finger or head: a nod:
    • v.i Beck to make such a sign
    • v.t Beck to call by a nod
    • n Beck bek (Scot.) a gesture of salutation
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Beck and call - Someone who does everything for you, no matter when you ask, is at your beck and call.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bek, AS. becc,; akin to Icel. bekkr, brook, OHG. pah, G. bach,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A contr. of Beckon.


In literature:

BECK, J.M., "In the Supreme Court of Civilization," 413; criticisms and replies, 431-448.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
Beck is another good variety of English origin that grows near Allegan on the Monterey road.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
This ministry lasted but six weeks, and June 2 the coalition cabinet of Baron Beck assumed office.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
He was nearly sixty, and since he had been five years old had been accustomed to having everybody at his beck and call.
"Brazilian Tales" by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen
And she would see Betty and Betty's godmother and Papa Jack and the old Colonel and Mom Beck.
"The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Let my new mistress grant to be beloved; She becked, and prosperous signs gave as she moved.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
Without being allowed to say another word, he was seized by the guards waiting the beck of the governor, and dragged out of the court.
"Exiled for the Faith" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was no dog to be led about upon a chain, and to go and come at the beck of man.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
The nods and becks and wreathed smiles of the serving woman brought her back to earth.
"Play the Game!" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Beck's Gem, 545, 549.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Will he come down from his high estate at the beck of this village beauty?
"The Old Stone House and Other Stories" by Anna Katharine Green
Two other ladies of Baltimore, and doubtless many more, deserve especial mention in this connection, Miss TYSON, and Mrs. BECK.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
Comfort, and even wealth, came to them at the imperious beck of industry.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
Brian Beck, at his worst, supported her on the other hand.
"The Love Affairs of an Old Maid" by Lilian Bell
To be at your beck and call.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman
It is the Gaster Beck, and it runs through Gaster Fell.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Of the written-in names, Sifford and Beck are reported hardy, followed by Creitz.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
Puddy soon ve hear somepody behint dot stages, und see Vood Hite had got oud der beck door.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
The separate at survives in A'Court and A'Beckett, at the beck head; cf.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley

In poetry:

The busy beck, that still would run
And fall, and falter its refrain;
And pause and shimmer in the sun,
And fall again.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Imagination held in check
To serve, not rule, thy poised mind;
Thy Reason, at the frown or beck
Of Conscience, loose or bind.
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Doubt who may, O friend of mine!
Thou and I have seen them too;
On before with beck and sign
Still they glide, and we pursue.
"The Vanishers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Ther t' becks is born a-laughin'
An' ken just how to laik,
By t' alders, pines an' sycamores,
Fra' t' moors ower t' green intake.
"T' Lile Hoose (For Watson Dyke)" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Theer t' becks is born a-laughin'
An' ken just hoo to laik,
By t' alders, pines an' sycamores,
Fra t' moors ower t' green intake.
"T' Lahl Hoose " by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
I've heart of a lapwing.
God! how I hate
Din of these tram-cars,
Early an' late,
When t' wind is in alders
An' becks are in spate.
"Moorland Wife" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe

In news:

Martha Beck on Why It's Really Okay to Mess Up .
Martha Beck on Why It's Really Okay to Mess Up.
On Friday, October 12 2012 in Ask Ken Beck.
Glenn Beck's rally was large, vague, moist , and undirected—the Waterworld of white self-pity.
Beck guess i\'m doing fine sea change.
Beck's Sheet Music Album: Bourgeois PR Stunt or an Audition for Fans.
James Falzone, Mick Beck, and Mike McGinnis.
Television personality Glenn Beck announced today that he will be ending his daily 5PM program on Fox News.
Glenn Beck's Final Fox News Show To Air.
Glenn Beck and his trusty blackboard will make their last appearance on Fox News Thursday evening.
The right-wing Beck joined Fox News in January 2009, and at his peak in January 2010, his show averaged 2.9 million viewers daily, the Associated Press reported.
Glenn Beck Leaving Fox News Show .
Glenn Beck will exit his daily program on Fox News Channel later this year.
Glenn Beck will be leaving his Fox News show , but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be leaving Fox News.
Glenn Beck on Why His Fox News Show Is Ending (Video).

In science:

Assumption of equipartition between relativistic particles and magnetic field then led to estimates of the field strength of a few µG (Beck 2001), and the best estimates today do not differ substantially (Sun et al. 2008).
A Survey of the Polarized Emission from the Galactic Plane at 1420 MHz with Arcminute Angular Resolution
We thank Rainer Beck for valuable comments on the paper.
A Survey of the Polarized Emission from the Galactic Plane at 1420 MHz with Arcminute Angular Resolution
The first main step is to establish an ∞-categorical Barr-Beck theorem which characterizes the monadic adjunctions among the adjunctions.
A short course on infinity-categories
Building on this ∞-categorical Barr-Beck theorem, Lurie is able to deduce a result of the following form.
A short course on infinity-categories
Beck: A new interatomic potential function for helium.
The ^4He trimer as an Efimov system
Beck, Test Driven Development: By Example, 1st ed.
On Extracting Unit Tests from Interactive Programming Sessions
The presence of CRs and magnetic fields in galactic halos is well known by the observation of synchrotron radiation generated by the electronic component (e.g. reviews by Beck et al. 1996).
The dynamical signature of the ISM in soft X-rays -- I. Diffuse soft X-rays from galaxies
Beck for reminding me of this important result. 24. J.-P.
QCD and Nuclear Physics
Jonathan Beck, Braid group action and quantum affine algebras, Comm.
A construction of level 1 irreducible modules for $U_q(\hat{sp}_4)$ using level 2 intertwiners for $U_q(\hat{sl}_2)$
Generally, galactic magnetic amplification processes are divided into two principal categories (Beck et al. 1996): (1) differential wind-up of a primordial field (Kulsrud 1986); and (2) dynamo amplification of a similar seed field.
Viscous Shear Instability in Weakly Magnetized, Dilute Plasmas
Beck Matthias and Pixton D., The Ehrhart polynomial of the Birkhoff polytope, Preprint, 2002, CO/0202267.
An Invitation to the Generalized Saturation Conjecture
Figure 10 is to be compared with the maps from Beck et al. (2002).
3D MHD Modeling of the Gaseous Structure of the Galaxy: Description of the Simulations
Beck and Roepstorff (1987) take κτ = √τ from the outset, and claim that in the limit τ → 0 the process vτ (t) converges to the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck velocity process when the sequence (h ◦ T j ) has a so called φ-mixing property2 on the probability space (Y , B , ν ).
Deterministic Brownian Motion: The Effects of Perturbing a Dynamical System by a Chaotic Semi-Dynamical System
Beck, Generalized statistical mechanics of cosmic rays.
First-Passage Time: A Conception Leading to Superstatistics. II. Continuous Distributions and their Applications
Steenbeck and Krause 1969, Ossendrijver 2003) and are moreover unique in coherently simulating many features of the magnetic field in spiral galaxies (Beck et al. 1996, Shukurov 2002).
Mean-field concept and direct numerical simulations of rotating magnetoconvection and the geodynamo