suck

Definitions

  • Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360
    Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v suck draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth "suck the poison from the place where the snake bit","suck on a straw","the baby sucked on the mother's breast"
    • v suck give suck to "The wetnurse suckled the infant","You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"
    • v suck take in, also metaphorically "The sponge absorbs water well","She drew strength from the minister's words"
    • v suck draw something in by or as if by a vacuum "Mud was sucking at her feet"
    • v suck provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation
    • v suck be inadequate or objectionable "this sucks!"
    • v suck attract by using an inexorable force, inducement, etc. "The current boom in the economy sucked many workers in from abroad"
    • n suck the act of sucking
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sucking mouth of a Butterfly Sucking mouth of a Butterfly

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Research indicates that babies who suck on pacifiers are more prone to ear aches
    • Suck A small draught.
    • Suck Juice; succulence.
    • Suck That which is drawn into the mouth by sucking; specifically, mikl drawn from the breast.
    • Suck The act of drawing with the mouth.
    • Suck To be objectionable, of very poor quality, or offensive; as, telemarketing calls really suck; he's a good actor, but his singing sucks .
    • Suck To draw in, as a whirlpool; to swallow up. "As waters are by whirlpools sucked and drawn."
    • Suck To draw in, or imbibe, by any process resembles sucking; to inhale; to absorb; as, to suck in air; the roots of plants suck water from the ground.
    • Suck To draw in; to imbibe; to partake. "The crown had sucked too hard, and now, being full, was like to draw less."
    • Suck To draw liquid from by the action of the mouth; as, to suck an orange; specifically, to draw milk from (the mother, the breast, etc.) with the mouth; as, the young of an animal sucks the mother, or dam; an infant sucks the breast.
    • Suck To draw milk from the breast or udder; as, a child, or the young of an animal, is first nourished by sucking .
    • Suck To draw or drain. "Old ocean, sucked through the porous globe."
    • Suck To draw, as a liquid, by the action of the mouth and tongue, which tends to produce a vacuum, and causes the liquid to rush in by atmospheric pressure; to draw, or apply force to, by exhausting the air.
    • Suck To draw, or attempt to draw, something by suction, as with the mouth, or through a tube. "Where the bee sucks , there suck I."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Blood sucking hookworms inhabit 700 million people worldwide.
    • suck To draw into the mouth by action of the lips and tongue which produces a partial vacuum.
    • suck To draw something from with the mouth; specifically, to draw milk from.
    • suck To draw in or imbibe by any process; inhale; absorb: usually with in, out, away, etc.: as, to suck in air; a sponge sucks in water.
    • suck To draw or drain.
    • suck To draw in, as a whirlpool; swallow up; in-gulf.
    • suck To draw in or obtain by fraudulent devices; soak.
    • suck To cheat; deceive; take in.
    • suck To draw fluid into the mouth; draw by producing a vacuum, as with a tube.
    • suck To draw milk from a teat: said of the young of a mammal.
    • suck To draw air when the water is low or the valve imperfect: said of a pump.
    • n suck Suction by the mouth or in any way; the act of sucking; a sucking force.
    • n suck Nourishment drawn from the breast.
    • n suck A small draught.
    • n suck Rum or liquor of some kind.
    • n suck Same as sucket, 1.
    • n suck Juice; succulence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over billions of years, black holes become white holes and they spit out all of the things they sucked in. the atoms are completely jumbled, so no one knows what will ever come out. Theoratically they'll also turn into a white hole. If you were unfortunate enough to fall within one, you would never actually hit -- because time would stop at some point within the event horizon (space outside) of the black hole. Thanx De Composed
    • v.t Suck suk to draw in with the mouth: to draw milk from with the mouth: to imbibe: to drain
    • v.i Suck to draw with the mouth: to draw the breast: to draw in
    • n Suck act of sucking: milk drawn from the breast:
    • v.t Suck to strip off suckers from: to provide with suckers
    • n Suck (slang) a short drink, esp. a dram of spirits
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Quotations

  • Karl Marx
    Karl%20Marx
    “Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.”
  • Sherry Hochman
    Sherry Hochman
    “Every day is a gift- even if it sucks.”
  • Adam Duritz
    Adam Duritz
    “I can write good songs. I can sing 'em, and I mean it, I mean it deeply, and I pour everything into that. Other than that, I suck.”
  • Dalton Trumbo
    Dalton Trumbo
    “Bankers, nepotists, contracts and talkies: on four fingers one may count the leeches which have sucked a young and vigorous industry into paresis.”
  • Curly Howard
    Curly Howard
    “If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed.”

Idioms

Suck hind teat - A person who sucks hind teat is at a disadvantage or considered worse or less important that others.
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Teach your grandmother to suck eggs - When people say 'don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs', they mean that people shouldn't try to teach someone who has experience or is an expert in that area.
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Yah boo sucks - Yah boo & yah boo sucks can be used to show that you have no sympathy with someone.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. suken, souken, AS. sūcan, sūgan,; akin to D. zuigen, G. saugen, OHG. sūgan, Icel. sūga, sjūga, Sw. suga, Dan. suge, L. sugere,. Cf. Honeysuckle Soak Succulent Suction

Usage

In literature:

He also had a habit of sucking his thumb when pressed too hard for details.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
He had thought to strike out from the whirlpool into peaceful waters, but the whirlpool was sucking him back.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
It does not suck the juices of other insects, but instead it sucks the juices of plants.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
Me and Marse Allard suck together.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Jack put his brush into his mouth, in defiance of all rules, and deliberately sucked it dry.
"Six to Sixteen" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
He rolled another smoke and sucked at it, hardly thinking.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
Sucking awakens the recollection of the sweet taste; the sweet taste of itself causes sucking.
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
Special characteristic, large pads on the soles of the feet, which form sucking discs.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Then suck the poison from the wound and spit the poison out.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
It is as if all that was on the other side was sucked through with us.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
She sucked his finger as a baby sucks and the feel of that made him curse with the tears running down into his beard.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Then the English sailors are out in small boats, avoiding the suck of the undertow.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
And it was painfully weak, for the coil sucked up the energy of whatsoever matter disintegrated in the neighborhood.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
It is only in extreme cases that the animal refuses to suck its dam.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Note its remarkable sucking tongue, which is about twice the length of its body.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
It sucks her between her fingers.
"Dulcibel" by Henry Peterson
They come in the night and suck your blood.
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
After a moment she made a soft, sucking sound of alarmed distaste.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Meanwhile Tommy sat quietly sucking his thumb.
"Golden Moments" by Anonymous
A Seer finds the egg and sucks it.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
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In poetry:

And the Nurse that gave me suck,
Haplesse was in all her life:
And I never had good luck,
Being mayde or married wife.
"The Nimph Dianaes Song" by Bartholomew Young
And are these then the laws that I
Must copy with a docile will?
Am I to suck each sweetness dry?
Am I to harry and to kill?
"Nature And the Book" by Alfred Austin
The mirror that has sucked your face
Into its secret deep of deeps,
And there mysteriously keeps
Forgotten memories of grace;
"White Heliotrope" by Arthur Symons
Ah, redder lips than any rose!
Ah, sweeter breath than any bee
Sucks from the heart of any flower;
Ah, bosom like the Summer sea!
"Young Love" by Richard Le Gallienne
Let's, the Messiah, go and see,
The Founder of Christianity,
Our Saviour, glory, grace, and rest,
Now sucking at his mother's breast!
"Let Us Go To Bethlehem " by Rees Prichard
With wasps and bees my busy bill
Sucks ill from good, and good from ill.
Humil'ty makes my pride to grow,
And pride aspiring lays me low.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

This video almost gurantees "no sex" for these guys 1993 sucked.
If the show totally sucks, you have few options.
"Hotel Transylvania" will suck the life out of its rivals at the box office this weekend, as the animated.
Action Movies Don't Have to Suck, by Vern.
The most rewarding job in the universe, of this there is no doubt, but some days going to work sucks.
Maybe it's because I personally suck at organized sports.
Fortune just sucked up to him.
I'm a straight guy and I'm really into having my balls sucked — it's one of my favorite things and just thinking about it turns me on.
But whenever I've had my balls sucked, it hurts, and ball pain is not a kink of mine.
11 Ways You Allow Your Life to Suck.
TV Sucks 43 Reasons Why I Can't Watch Anymore.
It would suck to have to live with this for the rest of your life it'd be a funny story though.
That way, you don't get sucked into thinking one small mistake has derailed your goal.
Video shows tornado suck janitor into stairwell .
Well, I apparently suck at science.
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In science:

However, most physicists were more interested in experiments on relatively simple atomic systems, and were understandably reluctant to get sucked into the huge question of the connection between mind and brain.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
The chain is “sucked” towards regions with low concentration of obstacles since it can maximize its entropy there, and these regions of space act like the negative potential regions of the Gaussian random potential.
Localization of Polymers in Random Media: Analogy with Quantum Particles in Disorder
How might these negative regions create this change in structure? Detailed investigation of contours in preparing Kerr (1992) showed that the largest negative regions had been sucked into the region between the primary vortices, that is along the dividing plane.
Computational Euler History
Just consider the situation that the center of team B really sucks that s/he becomes a bottleneck.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
Such a polar gynandromorph mosquito has a female brain and will behave like a female sucking blood to nourish its nonexistent eggs.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
It will suck blood until its small and inadequate male abdomen bursts .
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
As pointed above, the creation of high- and lowfield regions due to ionic screening leads to a dielectrophoretic force which tends to “suck” the high-ε material (assumed to be A) towards the region with high field.
Phase-separation in ion-containing mixtures in electric fields
When entrance air is more warm then atmospheric air (one is heated in solar heater, fig.1) the pressure of tube air column is less the atmosphere pressure and air is sucked by vertical tube.
Extraction of Freshwater and Energy from Atmosphere
But the attraction of the black hole falls off with radius, so if one member of a particleantiparticle pair is just outside the horizon it can flow off to infinity, while if the other member of the pair is just inside the horizon then it can get sucked into the hole.
What Exactly is the Information Paradox?
The rightmost region of high electron density in frames b) and d) result from plasma electrons being “sucked in” by the proton bunch.
Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration
The mechanism responsible for this heat transport enhancement is Ekman pumping [7, 9–13], that is, due to rotation, rising or falling plumes of hot or cold fluid are stretched into vertically-aligned vortices that suck fluid out of the thermal boundary layers adjacent to the bottom and top horizontal plates.
Breakdown of the large-scale wind in \Gamma=1/2 rotating Rayleigh-B\'enard flow
In this mode each novel idea, once it appears, spreads in an explosive manner in the theoretical community, sucking into itself a ma jority of active theorists, especially young theorists.
Reflections and Impressionistic Portrait at the Conference "Frontiers Beyond the Standard Model," FTPI, Oct. 2012
The reason for this is the above-mentioned fact that Wiener filtering tends to “suck power” out of the data, so that the power spectrum of the filtered map is smaller than the true power spectrum.
A method for subtracting foregrounds from multi-frequency CMB sky maps
Small structures that do something recognizable occasionally appear briefly, before being sucked back into the digital froth.
Crystalline Computation
Quantum field theory, anyone? Other physicists were glad about the SSC’s demise because its huge cost sucked money from the smaller, table-top experiments of condensed matter physics.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
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