• WordNet 3.6
    • v clerk work as a clerk, as in the legal business
    • n clerk an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts)
    • n clerk a salesperson in a store
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A man went in to rob a bank. He demanded the clerk to give him all the money. They told him to go sit out in his car and they would bring him the bags of money. He agreed and went out to his car. In the meantime, the people in the bank called the police. When they got there the man was still sitting in his car waiting for the money and they arrested him.
    • Clerk A clergyman or ecclesiastic. "All persons were styled clerks that served in the church of Christ."
    • Clerk A man who could read; a scholar; a learned person; a man of letters. "Every one that could read . . . being accounted a clerk .""He was no great clerk , but he was perfectly well versed in the interests of Europe."
    • Clerk A parish officer, being a layman who leads in reading the responses of the Episcopal church service, and otherwise assists in it. "And like unlettered clerk still cry “Amen”."
    • Clerk An assistant in a shop or store.
    • Clerk One employed to keep records or accounts; a scribe; an accountant; as, the clerk of a court; a town clerk . "The clerk of the crown . . . withdrew the bill."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clerk A clergyman; a priest; an ecclesiastic; a man in holy orders.
    • n clerk A learned man; a man of letters; a scholar; a writer or author; originally, a man who could read, an attainment at one time confined chiefly to ecclesiastics.
    • n clerk The layman who leads in reading the responses in the service of the Church of England. Also called parish clerk.
    • n clerk An officer of a court, legislature, municipal corporation, or other body, whose duty generally is to keep the records of the body to which he is attached, and perform the routine business: as, clerk of court; town clerk; clerk to a school-board, etc. See secretary.
    • n clerk One who is employed in an office, public or private, or in a shop or warehouse, to keep records or accounts; one who is employed by another as a writer or amanuensis.
    • n clerk In the United States, an assistant in business, whether or not a keeper of accounts; especially, a retail salesman.
    • n clerk In the United States, a popular name for the head of the meteorological department of the Signal Service.
    • clerk To write; compose.
    • clerk To serve as a clerk; act as accountant or salesman: frequently used in the phrase to clerk it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clerk klärk a clergyman or priest: a scholar: one who leads the responses in the English Church service: in common use, one employed as a writer, assistant, copyist, account-keeper, or correspondent in an office
    • v.i Clerk to act as clerk
    • adv Clerk in a scholar-like or learned manner
    • n Clerk klärk or klerk, a clergyman or priest: a scholar: one who leads the responses in the English Church service: in common use, one employed as a writer, assistant, copyist, account-keeper, or correspondent in an office
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  • Bertolt Brecht
    “It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.”
  • Ada Louise Huxtable
    Ada Louise Huxtable
    “Washington is an endless series of mock palaces clearly built for clerks.”
  • Albert Camus
    “A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.”
  • J. C. (James Cash) Penney
    J. C. (James Cash) Penney
    “Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Either OF. clerc, fr. L. clericus, a priest, or AS. clerc, cleric, clerk, priest, fr. L. clericus, fr. Gr. klhriko`s belonging to the clergy, fr. klh^ros lot, allotment, clergy; cf. Deut. xviii. 2. Cf. Clergy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. clerc, a priest—Late L. clericus. See Clergy.


In literature:

When one is in this frame of mind it takes very little on the part of the clerk to make him believe that he has been treated rudely.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
He was day-clerk or night-clerk, just as the boats came in.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
He took a young clerk to the ship.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Once the clerk came in to ask for instructions about a deed that he was drawing up, but he waved him away impatiently.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
When I was done with him I looked about for Captain Rudstone and the law clerk.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
"Desk and Debit" by Oliver Optic
Almost immediately, a clerk stood in the doorway.
"Final Weapon" by Everett B. Cole
The clerk, in his desire to serve the gentleman, went to the front windows to point out the location of the firm.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
The Discovery remained at Plymouth, Captain Clerke not having yet arrived on board.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
A clerk stood leaning idly across a glass counter of notions looking into the street.
"Stubble" by George Looms
After repeated conversations with the seventeen-year-old boy, Jordan decided to get him a job as a clerk in the offices of the Prudentia.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Next came his old master, the college friend of his father, now promoted to the position of Clerk of the Polls.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The clerk's voice answered.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
One rendered useless by some subsequent arrangement or clerk's error.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
We drove to Upland Farm, then the home of City Clerk Leigh and his family, at Cadboro Bay.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
Bradley had been made clerk.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
She handed the order of the President to a clerk, who gave it to the Secretary.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
At 9.45 precisely Mr. Rattar arrived at his office, just as he had arrived every morning since his clerks could remember.
"Simon" by J. Storer Clouston
A number are acting as deputy county clerks, and one as deputy clerk of the United States District Court.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Where should a Post Office clerk find his friends except among Post Office clerks?
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

When one Taylor must engage
Forces of united rage,
Justice, clerk, and Females all,
Wonder not if he should fall.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
Clerk Saunders and may Margaret
Walked ower yon garden green;
And sad and heavy was the love
That fell thir twa between.
"Clerk Saunders" by Andrew Lang
"A bed, a bed," Clerk Saunders said,
"A bed for you and me!"
"Fye na, fye na," said may Margaret,
"'Till anes we married be.
"Clerk Saunders" by Andrew Lang
Squat, unshaven, full of gas,
Joseph Samuels, former clerk
in four large cities, out of work,
waits in the darkened underpass.
"The Beach" by Weldon Kees
The clerks were talking of Anna,
The door was just ajar:
One said, 'Poor old Victor, but where ignorance
Is bliss, et cetera.'
"Victor" by W H Auden
"Then take the sword frae my scabbard,
And slowly lift the pin;
And you may swear, and save your aith.
Ye never let Clerk Saunders in.
"Clerk Saunders" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Lila Herod is the uncontested Republican candidate for Moffat County clerk and recorder on the Aug 10 primary ballot.
From president to auditor, sheriff, clerk of court and several other races -- voters will make their voices heard on Tuesday.
From president to auditor, sheriff, clerk of court and several other races — voters will make their voices heard on Tuesday.
Police looking for Penn State student who told hotel clerk he planned to hitchhike .
Auburn clerk thought holdup was a Halloween prank.
The clerk told police grabbed two cans of beer and gave the appearance that he was going to buy the items.
Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds veterans living in Union County that they can receive their free military honorable discharge cards at the County Clerk's office.
He was a night clerk at the Hotel 340 in St Paul.
Hotel clerk reports armed robbery in Annapolis.
A hotel clerk said suspected serial robber Deon Stewart robbed her, too.
Hotel clerk reports robbery by man in sock cap.
Early Sunday morning a man entered a hotel in the 4000 block of Mesa Drive, telling the clerk he had a gun and demanded money from him, according to a Denton police report.
Hotel clerk reports drugs in bathroom.
A hotel clerk called to talk to police about finding drugs in the bathroom at 11:15 am at the Fairfield Inn, 2410 Naglee Road.
Police looking for Penn State student who told hotel clerk he planned to hitchhike.

In science:

Observations were made during 1999 using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
HCN in the inner envelope of {chi} Cygni
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope5 prohibits us from making individual matches between submillimeter and optical/NIR sources.
The Submillimeter Properties of Extremely Red Objects
School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh, James Clerk Maxwell Building, King’s Buildings, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, Scotland, U.K. E-mail address : C.
Salem numbers, Pisot numbers, Mahler measure and graphs
Hills et al, “High-resolution millimetre-wave holography on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope”, URSI Assembly Maastricht, 2002 H.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
This Aether was thought to exist since James Clerk Maxwell had shown that light was a wave and this light wave travelled at a constant speed denoted by the symbol c.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
The Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) and James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) were among the first submillimeter facilities worldwide and have allowed astronomers to obtain novel results with undiminished success since their first-light on Mauna Kea in the mid-eighties.
The eSMA: description and first results
It is a time where electromagnetic theory as formulated by James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) was understood by only a small group of men, Lodge, FitzGerald and Heaviside, among others, that had the mathematical sophistication and imagination to grasp the meaning and take part in the great Maxwellian synthesis.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age
The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope is operated by the Joint Astronomy Centre on behalf of the Science and Technology Facilities Council of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and the National Research Council of Canada.
Star formation in Perseus - V. Outflows detected by HARP
In 1864 James Clerk Maxwell showed that electric and magnetic fields propagated together and that the speed of these electromagnetic waves was identical to the speed of light.
Quantum interference of molecules -- probing the wave nature of matter
Knot theory had its most recent beginnings in the nineteenth century due to the curiosity of Karl Friedrich Gauss, James Clerk Maxwell and Peter Guthrie Tait, and the energy of Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson).
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
Submillimeter continuum data at 850 µm of the Ophiuchus and Perseus molecular clouds were obtained using the Submillimetre Common User Bolometer Array (SCUBA) on the 15 m James Clerk Maxwell Telescope 12 (JCMT) on Mauna Kea, HI, U.S.A.
The COMPLETE Survey of Star-Forming Regions: Phase I Data
In a search for evidence of the short wavelength increment in the Sunyaev –Zel’dovich (SZ) effect, we have analyzed archival galaxy cluster data from the Sub-millimetre Common User Bolometer Array (SCUBA) on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, resulting in the most complete pointed survey of clusters at 850 µm to date.
A study of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich increment using archival SCUBA data
Since it was understood, from the extensive works of James Clerk Maxwell, that electromagnetic waves oscillate in a medium and travel through the medium from source to observer, it was logical to propose that light propagation must occur with respect to a universal medium.
Some Comments on the Tests of General Relativity
From observations at 350, 850 and 1200 µm with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope at a resolution of about 20′′ , Lindsey et al. (1995) reported submillimeter chromospheric brightness structures which resemble the supergranular network, although the resolution was marginal for such a study.
The relationship between chromospheric emissions and magnetic field strength
An ingenious proposal by Clerk et al. considers the third moment of energy as a test of energy quantization .
Continuous Quantum Hypothesis Testing