conk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v conk pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
    • v conk pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life "She died from cancer","The children perished in the fire","The patient went peacefully","The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
    • v conk hit, especially on the head "The stranger conked him and he fainted"
    • v conk come to a stop "The car stalled in the driveway"
    • n conk informal term for the nose
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conk A confidential chat.
    • n conk The head.
    • n conk The nose.
    • n conk In botany, a tough, leathery, or woody fungus, especially Trametes pini, whose fruiting bodies are bracket-like in form and occur upon the trunks of trees, producing a decay of the timber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Conk kongk the nose
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Mr F. Hindes Groome suggests that it may be back slang, conk being the illiterate spelling of the Gipsy knoc, nose.

Usage

In literature:

Archie passed back a slip of paper on which he had scribbled: 'Engine conked.
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
We hear toward evening, high in air, the "conk" of the wild-geese.
"How Spring Came in New England" by Charles Dudley Warner
When he got home he asked the servant briefly if Mr. Conking had come.
"The Queen's Cup" by G. A. Henty
I don't want to conk out too soon, now.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
When dinner time they blow the big conk and everybody come for dinner.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
It growled, slowed, coughed, spat, struggled and thrashed on and finally conked out.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
When a jet motor conked out there was no control.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Conk, Miss Edith F., Montclair.
"The American Missionary - Volume 52, No. 1, March, 1898" by Various
You'll have to introduce me, Bill-the-Conk; I have never met the lady.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
That German found my motor and it conked.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
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In poetry:

Dead ring fer me ole conk, she sez it is.
More like a blob of putty on 'is phiz,
I think. But 'e's a fair 'ard case, all right.
I'll swear I thort 'e wunk at me last night!
"The Kid " by C J Dennis

In news:

Pigskin prophet Russ Espinoza acquired his clairvoyance at age 9 when he was conked on the head by an errant John Elway pass at Mile High Stadium in 1992.
Torres, owner of Proremodels, a West Jordan, Utah, home remodeling company, was already strapped for cash when his computer conked out.
We've always wondered what makes guys conk out after sex and now science is offering up an explanation.
MLS conks head against goalpost on tiebreaker.
The duo Cinder Conk will perform original and Balkan music on Saturday, Dec 1, at New Gloucester Village Coffee House.
Shortly after, Huckle and his pals notice cars spewing bubbles and conking out.
Sometimes we just want to conk out in the middle of the day.
The best shortcuts are those that contain some drama, that on good days race you through the byways untouched but on others may cause you to hand-conk your head in frustration.
The strange tweets from former Texas Rangers outfielder Jose Canseco might be a delayed reaction to the conk on the head received in 1993.
Check out Sleep-Warning glasses, which vibrate when they sense you're about to conk out.
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In science:

It is also interesting to note that in the case a) only the first conk=1) and the last one P xk = P yk are sufficient dition xk ∈ conv({yk }m for the existence of a bistochastic matrix. 2.2.
Inverse spectral problem for normal matrices and a generalization of the Gauss-Lucas theorem
Let hgt(ST ) be the height of the tableaux, defined hgt(ST ) = Pn k=1 (rowk (ST ) − conk (ST )), where rowk (ST ) is the number of rows of S containing an entry k , and conk (ST ) is the number of connected components of the ribbon strip of ST consisting of all the entries k .
Bijective Proofs of Shifted Tableau and Alternating Sign Matrix Identities
ST ) and conk (ST ) are the number of connected components of the ribbon strips of ST consisting of all the entries k and k , respectively, and bar(ST ) is equal to the total number of barred entries.
Bijective Proofs of Shifted Tableau and Alternating Sign Matrix Identities
Theorem 4 Consider model (2) with the dynamic control law (28) The closed-loop vector field is invariant under an action of the group SE (3) on the state variables (rk , Rk ) and an action of the group R3 on the conk .
Stabilization of Three-Dimensional Collective Motion
The closed-loop vector field is invariant under an action of the group SE (3) on the state variables (rk , Rk ) and an action of the group R3 × R3 × R3 on the conk ).
Stabilization of Three-Dimensional Collective Motion
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