hulk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hulk appear very large or occupy a commanding position "The huge sculpture predominates over the fountain","Large shadows loomed on the canyon wall"
    • n hulk a ship that has been wrecked and abandoned
    • n hulk a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hulk A heavy ship of clumsy build.
    • Hulk Anything bulky or unwieldly.
    • Hulk The body of a ship or decked vessel of any kind; esp., the body of an old vessel laid by as unfit for service. "Some well-timbered hulk ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hulk A ship, particularly a heavy ship.
    • n hulk Anything bulky or unwieldy; a large unwieldy person.
    • n hulk The body of a ship or decked vessel of any kind; particularly, the body of an old ship or vessel which is laid up as unfit for sea-service, or a dismasted wreck.
    • n hulk A hull or husk.
    • n hulk A hut.
    • n hulk A pigsty or a cattle-pen.
    • n hulk The holly.
    • hulk To take out the entrails of: as, to hulk a hare.
    • hulk In mining, to take down or remove, as the softer part of a lode, before removing the harder part. See gouge, n., 5.
    • n hulk In mining: The removal of the gouge or soft part from the side of the lode before breaking any part of the hard metalliferous portion of it down.
    • n hulk The excavation made by this operation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hulk hulk the body of a ship: an old ship unfit for service: a big lubberly fellow: anything unwieldy—often confounded in meaning with hull, the body of a ship
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hulke, a heavy ship, AS. hulc, a light, swift ship; akin to D. hulk, a ship of burden, G. holk, OHG. holcho,; perh. fr. LL. holcas, Gr. , prop., a ship which is towed, fr. to draw, drag, tow. Cf. Wolf Holcad
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. hulka—Gr. holkashelkein, to draw.

Usage

In literature:

I oughtn't to be doing nothing, a great hulking fellow like me.
"The Tysons" by May Sinclair
The vast hulk sank alternately at either end, and to fearsome depths of the sea.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
But it may be, my brave Wilhelm, that your sympathy is less for this hulking peasant and more for the fair face of the lady whom he serves.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It'll be a big sight safer than this poor old hulk, and I'll be thankful to know as you're safe in Penang.
"Round the World in Seven Days" by Herbert Strang
He seemed to coil himself together; with a tiger-leap he launched himself at the great hulk before him.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
Beyond their great hulking figures the fire gleamed and sent a circle of radiance.
"Troop One of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
Another term at the hulks is not agreeable to think of, and my accounts of the manner in which I got hold of the thing wouldn't be believed.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
He was accompanied by a hulking, shifty-eyed creature.
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
You could see the sky and sea through the old hulk anywhere.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
At length he stopped suddenly, caught a hulking farmer by the shoulder, and, with a violent twist and jerk, flung him headlong among his fellows.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
Rome and its Campagna were like Sargasso Seas and held the hulks of what had been great galleons.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Softly, quietly the bow of the hulk slid up and nuzzled gently among the wreckage.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
Then again he was looking down at her, a hulk of venom, eyes bleared with the liquor he had been drinking.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
And to think that that great hulking chap got all the sport!
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
A battered hulk of a man, here I was, stranded by the school-house.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
Great hulking bully that he was!
"The Riddle of the Frozen Flame" by Mary E. Hanshew
Lately I saw him on board the convict hulk at Portsmouth.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 431" by Various
They saw the white hulk of the steam-boat looming upon the water to the north.
"The Mormon Prophet" by Lily Dougall
Already insects buzzed hungrily about the hulks of the dead monsters.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
He might be in the West Indian plantations or the hulks for what she cared.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
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In poetry:

Sails drank the wind, and white as milk
He sped into the drinking dark;
The sun shipwrecked west on a pearl
And the moon swam out of its hulk.
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
She cleft in twain the shadowy hulk,
But cleft it unaware;
As when, careering to her nest,
The sea-gull severs with her breast
The unresisting air.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - IV. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Here all the day she swings from tide to tide,
Here all night long she tugs a rusted chain,
A masterless hulk that was a ship of pride,
Yet unashamed: her memories remain.
"The Captain" by John McCrae
The madd'ning ocean swells with furious roar,
See the devoted bark, the shatter'd mast,
The splitting hulk dash'd on the rocky shore,
Rolls 'midst the howlings of the direful blast.
"Lines Written on the Sea-Coast" by Mary Darby Robinson
In ruck and quibble of courtfolk
This giant hulked, I tell you, on her scene
With hands like derricks,
Looks fierce and black as rooks;
Why, all the windows broke when he stalked in.
"The Queen's Complaint" by Sylvia Plath
In that building, long and low,
With its windows all a-row,
Like the port-holes of a hulk,
Human spiders spin and spin,
Backward down their threads so thin
Dropping, each a hempen bulk.
"The Ropewalk. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Wow Old School Pic Of Myself And Hulk Hogan.
Zenit's Hulk out of Anderlecht match.
Linda Hogan was sickened by Hulk Hogan's sex tape.
You know that you are in shape when you paint yourself green, throw on a black wig and rock it as The Incredible Hulk .
What's Trending with Pamela 11-1-12: NBC Sandy Benefit Telethon, The Rock as The Hulk , Star Wars Angry Birds.
The Hulk , Batman and Zombies.
Hulk Hogan settles his lawsut with his friend Bubba The Love Sponge.
Hulk Hogan has ended his royal rumble with Bubba the Love Sponge over a sex tape involving the pro wrestling legend and the Florida shock jock's wife that went viral on the internet.
Hulk Hogan settles suit over sex tape.
Hulk Hogan settles with Bubba the Love Sponge over sex tape.
Hulk settles sex tape lawsuit.
It seems that Hulk Hogan and his old friend Bubba the Love Sponge Clem have come to an agreement on a lawsuit filed over a sex tape starring Hulk and The Love Sponge's ex wife.
And right before the bell rings for the end of round its a non stop melee of hulks fury.
Wrestler Hulk Hogan has settled a lawsuit against Bubba the Love Sponge Clem over a sex tape that Hogan contended was made without his knowledge.
"You can't expect the court to be very sympathetic to Hulk 's argument given the circumstances," the source said.
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