flock

Definitions

  • a Flock of Goats and the Song Of A Goatherd
    a Flock of Goats and the Song Of A Goatherd
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flock come together as in a cluster or flock "The poets constellate in this town every summer"
    • v flock move as a crowd or in a group "Tourists flocked to the shrine where the statue was said to have shed tears"
    • n flock a group of birds
    • n flock a group of sheep or goats
    • n flock a church congregation guided by a pastor
    • n flock an orderly crowd "a troop of children"
    • n flock (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent "a batch of letters","a deal of trouble","a lot of money","he made a mint on the stock market","see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos","it must have cost plenty","a slew of journalists","a wad of money"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

GUARDING THE FLOCKS AND HERDS GUARDING THE FLOCKS AND HERDS
Joan leading her flock of sheep Joan leading her flock of sheep

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1953, racecar driver Tim Flock raced at Nascar with a monkey in the seat beside him
    • Flock A Christian church or congregation; considered in their relation to the pastor, or minister in charge. "As half amazed, half frighted all his flock ."
    • Flock A company or collection of living creatures; -- especially applied to sheep and birds, rarely to persons or (except in the plural) to cattle and other large animals; as, a flock of ravenous fowl. "The heathen . . . came to Nicanor by flocks ."
    • Flock A lock of wool or hair. "I prythee, Tom, beat Cut's saddle, put a few flocks in the point [pommel]."
    • v. t Flock To coat with flock, as wall paper; to roughen the surface of (as glass) so as to give an appearance of being covered with fine flock.
    • v. t Flock To flock to; to crowd. "Good fellows, trooping, flocked me so."
    • v. i Flock To gather in companies or crowds. "Friends daily flock ."
    • Flock Very fine, sifted, woolen refuse, especially that from shearing the nap of cloths, used as a coating for wall paper to give it a velvety or clothlike appearance; also, the dust of vegetable fiber used for a similar purpose.
    • Flock Woolen or cotton refuse (sing. or pl.), old rags, etc., reduced to a degree of fineness by machinery, and used for stuffing unpholstered furniture.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Scituate, Rhode Island it is illegal to keep a flock of chickens in your motorhome if you live in a trailer park.
    • n flock A company or band (of persons). The word is now seldom used with reference to persons, except as in the ecclesiastical or religious sense (def. 3), which is a figurative use of sense 2.
    • n flock A company of animals, in modern use especially of sheep, goats, or birds. Among sportsmen it is applied especially to companies of wild ducks, geese, and shore-birds.
    • n flock Hence In Biblical and ecclesiastical use, a company of persons united in one church, under a leader called, by the same figure, the shepherd or pastor; a congregation, with regard to its minister.
    • n flock Synonyms Flock, Gaggle, Covey, Pack, Gang, Wisp, Bevy, Sedge, Brood. Flock is the popular term for birds of many sorts; it is applied by sportsmen especially to wild ducks, geese, and shore-birds. Herbert applies gaggle to geese; Colquhoun applies it to geese swimming; it is not used in the United States. Covey is applied to several kinds of birds, especially partridges and pinnated grouse. Pack is applied to the pinnated grouse in the late season when they go in “packs” or large flocks. Gang is applied to wild turkeys, wisp to snipe, bevy to quail, sedge to herons. Brood applies to the mother and her young till the latter are old enough for game.
    • flock To gather in a flock, company, or crowd; go in a flock or crowd: as, birds of a feather flock together; the people flocked together in the market-place.
    • flock To gather into a flock or company.
    • flock To crowd.
    • n flock A lock or tuft of wool or hair.
    • n flock Finely powdered wool or cloth, used, when colored, for making flock-paper and also formerly as shoddy. See extract under flock-powder.
    • n flock The refuse of wool, or the shearings of woolen goods, or old cloth or rags torn or broken up by the machine called the devil, used for stuffing mattresses, upholstering furniture, etc.
    • n flock Same as flock-bed.
    • n flock plural Dregs; sediment; specks; motes.
    • n flock In chem., a loose light mass of any substance: usually applied only to such masses as they appear suspended in a solution.
    • flock To cover with flock; distribute flock on (a prepared surface of cloth or paper). E. H. Knight. See flock, n., 2.
    • n flock A hurdle: same as flake.
    • flock To flout; jeer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flock flok a company of animals, as sheep, birds, &c.: a company generally: a Christian congregation
    • v.i Flock to gather in flocks or in crowds
    • n Flock flok a lock of wool
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Quotations

  • Winston Churchill
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    “Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
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    “All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.”
  • Aaron Hill
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    “Courage is poorly housed that dwells in numbers; the lion never counts the herd that are about him, nor weighs how many flocks he has to scatter.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “'Tis a dainty thing to command, though 'twere but a flock of sheep.”
  • H. Ross Perot
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    “Eagles don't flock, you have to find them one at a time.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Birds of a feather flock together.”

Idioms

Birds of a feather flock together - This idiom means that people with similar interests will stick together.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flokke,; cf. D. vlok, G. flocke, OHG. floccho, Icel. flōki, perh. akin to E. flicker, flacker, or cf. L. floccus, F. floc,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. floc—L. floccus, a lock of wool.

Usage

In literature:

First, I was on my back, with the rest of the flock leaping overhead.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
He was coming in after a hard day's work among the flocks, and seemed to be triumphant and careful at the same time.
"The Fixed Period" by Anthony Trollope
Therefore, he declined to withdraw his flocks.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
Thence his course lay south rather than east until he should raise the white dust of his first flock.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
The best ones are put into shoddy, and the odds and ends into flocks.
"Under Fire" by Frank A. Munsey
A miller once had a flock of geese, and he lost them all except one old goose, that for a long time swam round alone on the mill-pond.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
Then he said, What are these who are of this little flock?
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
Every sheep in the flock, at least as the behavior of the flock is ordinarily interpreted, behaves like every other.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
For all we put on such mighty independent airs we do but follow like a flock of sheep.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
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In poetry:

Amid the penitential flock,
Seem'd none more bent to pray;
But, when the Holy Father spoke,
He rose and went his way.
"The Gray Brother" by Sir Walter Scott
My Shepherd is the Lord my God,—
There is no want I know;
His flock He leads in verdant meads,
Where tranquil waters flow.
"The Twenty-Third Psalm" by Eugene Field
This thing which would appear to show
A fancy vest scenario,
Is really quite another thing --
A flock of pigeons on the wing.
"Post-Impressionism" by Bert Leston Taylor
Shepherd of a wandering flock,
Bring me to Thy heavenly fold,
Be my hope—my staff—my rock—
Let me yet Thy peace behold.
"Prayer for Guidance" by John Bowring
Well, O painful minister!
Watch thy flock, but blame not her,
If her ear grew sharp to hear
All their voices whispering near.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
From one rude Boy that's us'd to mock
Ten learn the wicked Jest;
One sickly Sheep infects the Flock,
And poysons all the rest.
"Against Evil Company" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Why does Dallas' power elite flock to Hillstone.
Flock of Birds, 1998, Stainless steel.
More than a decade ago, serious sushi lovers flocked to Koto , a little hole-in-the-wall south of downtown, to partake of the artistry of chef-owner Hajima Keruma.
Spadefish show up at the offshore reefs, dolphin move within sight of the beach and summer flounder flock to the nearshore ledges and.
In The Conference of the Birds, the flock ventures off to find a leader, but discovers much more during its quest for truth.
Bohemians and radicals once flocked there, too—before software moguls and celebrities nabbed up all the real estate.
Fans have been flocking to Nationals Park this season, starting with Gavin more.
People still flock to Levis Commons to shop, relax, or eat.
This october, prominent african american entrepreneurs, CEOs of some of the nation's largest black-owned firms and high-ranking execs from corporate America will flock to Durham, North Carolina.
Twenty years ago, local music and dance fans used to flock to Altoona's 4D's Lounge to see musicians named Wertz and Rutherford playing together on the same stage.
Chloe Sevigny is known in the East Village as a star who has long loved the neighborhood for what it was, as opposed to countless others who have flocked in more recently.
This weekend, bicycle enthusiasts will flock to western North Dakota on the Maah Daah Hey and Buffalo Gap Trails.
Mallards fly in small groups of 10 to 20 usually but their flocks can swell to more than 100.
Mary Pickford tends her flock in William Beaudine's "Sparrows" (1926), the last film in which she played an adolescent.
Why celebrities are flocking to cookbooks and food shows.
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In science:

We may also be interested in the flight patterns of a large flock of Canadian Geese, but we may not be interested in the color patterns of their feathers.
Complex Systems
Yuan, Flocking for multi-agent systems with switching topology in a noisy environment.
Emergence in Random Noisy Environments
Olfati-Saber, Flocking for multi-agent dynamic systems: Algorithms and theory.
Emergence in Random Noisy Environments
Flocks, birds, and schools: a distributed behavioral model.
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
Flocking for multi-agent dynamic systems: algorithms and theory.
Randomized Optimal Consensus of Multi-agent Systems
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