mock

Definitions

  • MOCKING-BIRD
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mock constituting a copy or imitation of something "boys in mock battle"
    • v mock treat with contempt "The new constitution mocks all democratic principles"
    • v mock imitate with mockery and derision "The children mocked their handicapped classmate"
    • n mock the act of mocking or ridiculing "they made a mock of him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs in 1853 by chef George Crum. They were a mocking response to a patron who complained that his French fries were too thick.
    • Mock An act of ridicule or derision; a scornful or contemptuous act or speech; a sneer; a jibe; a jeer. "Fools make a mock at sin."
    • a Mock Imitating reality, but not real; false; counterfeit; assumed; sham. "That superior greatness and mock majesty."
    • Mock Imitation; mimicry.
    • Mock To disappoint the hopes of; to deceive; to tantalize; as, to mock expectation. "Thou hast mocked me, and told me lies.""He will not . . . Mock us with his blest sight, then snatch him hence."
    • Mock To imitate; to mimic; esp., to mimic in sport, contempt, or derision; to deride by mimicry. "To see the life as lively mocked as ever
      Still sleep mocked death."
      "Mocking marriage with a dame of France."
    • v. i Mock To make sport in contempt or in jest; to speak in a scornful or jeering manner. "When thou mockest , shall no man make thee ashamed?""She had mocked at his proposal."
    • Mock To treat with scorn or contempt; to deride. "Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud.""Let not ambition mock their useful toil."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mock To treat derisively or contemptuously; make sport of by mimicry, ridicule, or sarcasm; deride.
    • mock To simulate, imitate, or mimic; produce a semblance of.
    • mock To deceive by simulation or pretense: disappoint with false expectation; fool.
    • mock To set at naught; defy.
    • mock Synonyms Ridicule, etc. (see taunt), jeer at, gibe at, take off, make game of.
    • mock Mimic, Ape, etc. See imitate.
    • mock To delude.
    • mock To use ridicule or derision; gibe or jeer; flout: often with at.
    • n mock Derisive or contemptuous action or speech; also, a bringing into contempt or ridicule.
    • n mock That which one derides or mocks.
    • n mock Mimicry; imitation.
    • n mock A trifle.
    • n mock Mock turtle.
    • mock Feigned; counterfeit; spurious: as, mock heroism; mock modesty; a mock battle.
    • mock Having close resemblance, as if imitative.
    • n mock A root or stump.
    • n mock A tuft of sedge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mock mok to laugh at: to make sport of: to mimic in ridicule: to disappoint the hopes of: to deceive: to set at nought, defy
    • n Mock ridicule, a sneer: a bringing into ridicule
    • adj Mock imitating reality, but not real: false
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Quotations

  • Ada Louise Huxtable
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    “Washington is an endless series of mock palaces clearly built for clerks.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “I know nothing more mocking than a devil that despairs.”
  • Walt Whitman
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    “There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “Come, let's have one other gaudy night. Call to me. All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more. Let's mock the midnight bell.”
  • Albert Camus
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    “Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood -- never.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
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    “Oh, for boyhood's painless play, sleep that wakes in laughing day, health that mocks the doctor's rules, knowledge never learned of schools.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. moquer, of uncertain origin; cf. OD. mocken, to mumble, G. mucken, OSw. mucka,

Usage

In literature:

Peninnah made her angry by mocking her, for Jehovah had given her no children.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
It's 'Mock Duck,' made of beefsteak stuffed with many things, and then rolled up like a mummy and tied with strings.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
Jacqueline's mocking laughter rang in his ears.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
Marietta released herself with a laugh that was like a light, mocking tap on her mother's shoulder.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
Did they not mock at the essential conditions of their own lives too?
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Mock sermons were a favorite form of monologue in a theatrical entertainment.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The wheel and the cards mocked my attempts to repair my state.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
Seeing this the maid servants come to mock him (by the bye a delightful piece of music is this chatter-chorus).
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Thor strode to the cat, determined to lift her up and fling her amongst the mocking Giants.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
His gods mocked him and he wearied of their service.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
If it were not for that empty marriage form, he could win her, but the knowledge was only an added mocking torment.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The squire of course makes mock of her, and she has no influence with him.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
A smile more than usually hideous mocked him.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
The mocking-bird baby has a far different time.
"In Nesting Time" by Olive Thorne Miller
Then the lords and ladies that were with Ettarde pitied the young knight, for they knew their lady only mocked him.
"Stories of King Arthur's Knights" by Mary MacGregor
Better to be mocked than to go away.
"The Pretty Sister Of José 1889" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
What did she care for those people who would mock her?
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Robert let his gaze travel over their eager faces and laughed aloud, mockingly.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Mockingly laugh the imps of irony, while the Saints keep their vigil.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
These sweeps of death mock all the ravages of war, famine, pestilence, and shipwreck.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
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In poetry:

"You SHALL move for me;
And you shall not mock
At the words I say,
You ugly, rough rock.
"The Rock And The Bubble" by Louisa May Alcott
For lo! the fall of Ocean's wall
Space mocked and time outrun;
And round the world the thought of all
Is as the thought of one!
"The Cable Hymn" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Still, O God mock'd mother! she
Smil'd upon her sons of clay:
Nurs'd them on her breast and knee,
Shameless in the shameful day.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Saw you where the pines are rocking
Nymph's white shoulder as she ran?
Lo, that music faint and mocking,
Is it not a pipe of Pan?
"The Forest Path" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
And still the day fulfilleth,
And still the night goes round,
And the guest-hall boometh and shrilleth,
With the dance's mocking sound.
"The City (2)" by Archibald Lampman
There, while sea-birds scream around them,
Holding by his throat the boy,
Eachan turns, and to the father
Shouts in scorn and mocking joy:
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Metro unveils new full-scale railcar mock-up .
An early mock-up of NASA's space shuttle - before a single one had actually been built - is exhibited at the Downey Columbia Memorial Space Center, seen here in the 1970s.
The city of Downey plans to bring the shuttle mock-up out of storage for public display next month.
Space shuttle mock-up in 1975.
A photo from 1975 shows a space shuttle mock-up in Downey.
State to build a traffic circle mock-up at fairgrounds so drivers can take a spin.
Bend aviation startup has a mock-up .
IPad mini mock-up , iOS 6 and Wi-Fi.
It was disappointing to read that Richard Dawkins told a group of 20,000 people to show contempt for, mock and confront religion at the Reason Rally in Washington, DC, this weekend.
Mel Kiper's first mock draft has been unveiled.
'Malibu Country' has it all: moldy oldies, boobs, and gay mocking.
Later, shipbuilding-institute students put on a puppet show of a Western rock concert to, according to a newsreel narrator , "relentlessly mock admirers of so-called art"—though more apparent is their note of fascination.
Immediately, the statement was mocked and meme-ified.
Foreign ministers from Algeria and Malaysia say such limits are needed following the violent demonstrations provoked by a video produced in the US that mocks Muslims and the Prophet Muhammad.
I'm a little late in posting this video of Big Dog hiliariously mocking the Mittster in a speech the other day in Las Vegas.
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In science:

Study some Special P-(partial)-digital subsequences associated to: - Fibonacci numbers (M. Bencze didn’t find any Fibonacci number verifying a Special type partition; is there any? - Smith numbers, Eulerian numbers, Bernoulli numbers, Mock theta numbers, Smarandache type sequences, etc. M.
Sequences of Numbers Involved in Unsolved Problems
We measure this quantity for both our mock galaxies and actual observed SDSS galaxies.
Modeling the galaxy/light-mass connection with cosmological simulations
For each mock galaxy, we then choose a real SDSS galaxy which has a similar r-band luminosity and nearest neighbor distance, and assign the colors of this galaxy to the mock galaxy.
Modeling the galaxy/light-mass connection with cosmological simulations
CF method, as expected from tests on mock catalogs.
Clustering Properties of restframe UV selected galaxies I: the correlation length derived from GALEX data in the local Universe
In the next section, we will quantify this statement by performing a parameter extraction from mock data accounting for future experiments.
Constraining neutrino masses with the ISW-galaxy correlation function
We used the public code cosmomc to do a MonteCarlo Markov Chain (MCMC) analysis, fitting the theoretical galaxy-temperature correlation to the mock data.
Constraining neutrino masses with the ISW-galaxy correlation function
FIG. 7: Marginalized probability of cosmological parameters obtained by fitting some mock data mimicking the properties of Planck, DES and LSST.
Constraining neutrino masses with the ISW-galaxy correlation function
The mock data is based on a fiducial model with mν = 0 and w = −1.
Constraining neutrino masses with the ISW-galaxy correlation function
Jeans Equation modeling, but choose to account for these issues also by investigation of a comparison with cosmologically motivated galaxy simulations, to make “mock observations” within these simulations, and then match test results to the observations.
The Milky Way's Circular Velocity Curve to 60 kpc and an Estimate of the Dark Matter Halo Mass from Kinematics of ~2400 SDSS Blue Horizontal Branch Stars
Mock X-ray observations of these systems show a strong resemblance to observations of cavities in clusters (Diehl et al. 2007).
Constraining the Nature of X-ray Cavities in Clusters and Galaxies
The automorphic properties are deduced using q -series identities relating the relevant generating functions to known mock theta functions.
Automorphic properties of generating functions for generalized rank moments and Durfee symbols
In light of recent work of the first author and Ono [11, 12] combined with work of Zwegers , we now know that what Ramanujan called mock theta functions in his last letter to Hardy are actually “holomorphic parts” of weak Maass forms.
Automorphic properties of generating functions for generalized rank moments and Durfee symbols
In turn the holomorphic part of any weak Maass form may be called a mock theta function.
Automorphic properties of generating functions for generalized rank moments and Durfee symbols
Ono, The f (q) mock theta function conjecture and partition ranks Invent.
Automorphic properties of generating functions for generalized rank moments and Durfee symbols
Zwegers, Mock theta-functions and real analytic modular forms, q -series with applications to combinatorics, number theory, and physics (Urbana, IL, 2000), 269–277, Contemp.
Automorphic properties of generating functions for generalized rank moments and Durfee symbols
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