• WordNet 3.6
    • n kicker a player who kicks the football
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Kicker A fact, condition, or circumstance, sometimes concealed or not obvious, which reduces or eliminates the benefit of an apparently advantageous situation; a joker{5}; as, under the Soviet system, bread was good and cheap, but the kicker was that you waited in line for hours to get any, if it was available.
    • Kicker An unforeseen added expense or additional cost; as, the printer was cheap, but the special paper it needed was an expensive kicker .
    • Kicker One who, or that which, kicks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kicker One who or that which kicks.
    • n kicker One who offers strong, and especially unexpected or perverse, opposition; one who objects or opposes; a bolter.
    • n kicker Nautical, the propeller of a small launch.
    • n kicker In cricket, a ball which kicks or bumps, that is, which rises higher than usual after pitching.
    • n kicker In poker, a card held up with a pair, usually an ace or king.
    • n kicker The reversing gear of some direct-acting steam and hydraulic pumps.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Kicker one who kicks, esp. a horse
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. kiken—W. cicio, to kick, Gael. ceig.


In literature:

"The Horsewoman" by Alice M. Hayes
A good kicker might do two or three miles an hour, by picking out the water.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
If any appeal from the agent's decisions, they are "kickers" and "insubordinate.
"The Indian Today" by Charles A. Eastman
And a engine has almost as many ways as a horse; she's a kicker, a plunger, a roarer, or what not, in her way.
"Mugby Junction" by Charles Dickens
He was a fine kicker with either foot, and his tackling was severe, but honest and clean.
"Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches" by David Drummond Bone
His one idea is to be a kicker as long as he can think of anything to kick about.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
Have a kicker engine in it, mebbe, an' go round the world.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
You see, he was a kicker from Kickersville and his motto was 'Never say die'.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
The Kicker is Here to Stay!
"The Coming of the Law" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The only decent kicker we have around this dump is Robb.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen

In poetry:

Now I’m off with my old kicker,
On my daily task.
Stay ! Since you have paunched the
Hand me back that flask.
"The Patrol And The Gold-Digger" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Pressure cooker for NFL kicker can be boiling pot.
Hunter Smith just completed his senior season as a kicker on the Bolivar High School football team.
Gamecocks' Kicker Ignores Barbs That Frame Him as a Bookworm .
It's not uncommon to see Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson on campus embracing one of the darkest moments of his football career.
The Washington Redskins have released kicker John Hall after three consecutive injury-hampered seasons.
Kicker Chris Boswell #9 of the.
Metro & state: Local kicker Brett Bukari named to all-conference team.
Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff had just missed the 32-yard field goal, and the Ravens lost in the AFC Championship Game.
Pelion kicker Sami Bullock may not have look down, but she does have the game.
Greg Hardy found something worse on Sunday: getting burned by a kicker after trying to talk trash.
For the second-straight year, Florida's Caleb Sturgis was a Lou Groza finalist, and for the second-straight year Sturgis and FSU kicker Dustin Hopkins were passed over for "the other guy".
Now, rumors are swirling that Sandra's ready to file for divorce, but here's the kicker: their pre-nup said Jesse would get ZERO if he were ever caught cheating .
For freshman kicker Marshall Morgan, a few days off was the trick.
Michigan State gets 2013 commitment from kicker Michael Geiger, who could replace Dan Conroy.
Backup kicker leaves Penn State.

In science:

Muon injection therefore requires an in-aperture magnetic pulse at 900 around the ring from the injection point (provided by the pulsed ’kicker’) in order to center the muon orbits in the storage region.
The Muon Anomaly: Experiment and Theory
Total Syst error on ωp † higher multipoles, trolley temperature stability, kicker eddy currents.
The Muon Anomaly: Experiment and Theory
Provide continuous monitoring data and generate warning signals to the ZEUS shift crew in case of a moderately high radiation; • Provide a fast dump signal to the electron kicker of HERA in case the radiation is too high; • Calculate the total integrated dose.
The ZEUS Micro Vertex Detector
In order to reduce overlapping of events, it is attractive to consider the possibility of filling the ILC train by low-charge bunches between the primary ILC bunches and to deflect them by kickers for fixed target experiments.
Physics Options at the ILC. GG6 Summary at Snowmass2005
Beam collisions (luminosity) at linear colliders can be adjusted by a feedback system that measures the beam-beam deflection using beam position monitors (BPM) and corrects beam positions by fast kickers.
The Photon collider at ILC: status, parameters and technical problems