• A kitten curled on its side asleep, front paws tucked up under its chin
    A kitten curled on its side asleep, front paws tucked up under its chin
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tuck draw together into folds or puckers
    • v tuck fit snugly into "insert your ticket into the slot","tuck your shirttail in"
    • v tuck make a tuck or several folds in "tuck the fabric","tuck in the sheet"
    • n tuck a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges
    • n tuck a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place
    • n tuck (sports) a bodily position adopted in some sports (such as diving or skiing) in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest
    • n tuck eatables (especially sweets)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The handkerchief had been used by the Romans, who ordinarily wore two handkerchiefs: one on the left wrist and one tucked in at the waist or around the neck. In the fifteenth century, the handkerchief was for a time allowed only to the nobility; special laws were made to enforce this. The classical heritage was rediscovered during the Renaissance.
    • Tuck A horizontal sewed fold, such as is made in a garment, to shorten it; a plait.
    • n Tuck A long, narrow sword; a rapier. "He wore large hose, and a tuck , as it was then called, or rapier, of tremendous length."
    • Tuck A pull; a lugging.
    • Tuck A small net used for taking fish from a larger one; -- called also tuck-net.
    • Tuck Food; pastry; sweetmeats.
    • n Tuck The beat of a drum.
    • Tuck (Naut) The part of a vessel where the ends of the bottom planks meet under the stern.
    • v. i Tuck To contract; to draw together.
    • Tuck To draw up; to shorten; to fold under; to press into a narrower compass; as, to tuck the bedclothes in; to tuck up one's sleeves.
    • Tuck To full, as cloth.
    • Tuck To inclose; to put within; to press into a close place; as, to tuck a child into a bed; to tuck a book under one's arm, or into a pocket.
    • Tuck To make a tuck or tucks in; as, to tuck a dress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. Wild cats hold their tail horizontally, or tucked between their legs while walking.
    • n tuck Same as tang.
    • tuck To draw close together; pull together. Specifically— To thicken; full: said of cloth. Compare tucking-mill.
    • tuck To gather up; draw or pull up, or in any direction; draw into folds: frequently followed by up.
    • tuck In needlework, to lay and sew tucks in: as, the waist was tucked lengthwise. See tuck, n., 2.
    • tuck To press or crowd into a narrow space or compass; stuff; cram.
    • tuck Hence To pack in barrels.
    • tuck To gird; clothe tightly or compactly; hence, to cover snugly with wrappings, as with bedclothes or rugs.
    • tuck To put into one's stomach; eat: usually with in.
    • tuck In seine-fishing, to gather or draw (fish) out of a seine by means of a tuck-seine which is shot inside of the seine.
    • tuck To pinch; nip; wound by the pressure of the finger-nail.
    • tuck To string up; hang.
    • tuck To contract; draw together.
    • tuck To make tucks: as, a sewing-machine that tucks and gathers.
    • n tuck A garment tucked, girt, or wrapped about one; in the following quotation, a turban.
    • n tuck In needlework, a flat fold in a fabric, or in a part of a garment, fixed in place by stitches, and frequently one of a series laid parallel. Tucks are used either by way of decoration, or in order to dispose of extra material in a garment, with a view to letting it out as the wearer grows or as the fabric shrinks.
    • n tuck A short pinafore.
    • n tuck In bookbinding, a flap on one side of the cover, made to fold over the other side and tuck into a strap which holds it fast.
    • n tuck A kind of net.
    • n tuck A pinch; a nip. See the quotation under tuck, transitive verb, 7.
    • n tuck Nautical, that part of a vessel where the after ends of the outside planking come together under the stern.
    • n tuck Eatables; viands; especially, sweets or pastry. Also tucker, in Australia.
    • n tuck An appetite.
    • n tuck A rapier. See estoc.
    • n tuck A blow; a stroke; a tap; a beat; especially, the beating of a drum. See beat or tuck of drum, under beat.
    • n tuck A blast; a flourish; a tucket.
    • tuck To beat; tap: said of a drum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tuck tuk a rapier: a blow, tap: a blast, flourish.
    • v.t Tuck tuk to draw or press in or together: to stuff, cram: to fold under: to gather up: to enclose by pressing clothes closely around:
    • n Tuck a horizontal fold in a garment: :
    • v.t Tuck (Amer. slang) to tire exceedingly
    • v.t Tuck tuk (slang) to eat (with in)
    • n Tuck (naut.) the afterpart of a ship, immediately under the stern or counter, where the ends of the bottom planks are collected and terminate by the tuck-rail
    • n Tuck (slang) eatables, pastry
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  • Constance Rourke
    Constance Rourke
    “An emotional man may possess no humor, but a humorous man usually has deep pockets of emotion, sometimes tucked away or forgotten.”


Nip and tuck - A close contest where neither opponent seems to be gaining the advantage.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tukken, LG. tukken, to pull up, tuck up, entice; akin to OD. tocken, to entice, G. zucken, to draw with a short and quick motion, and E. tug,. See Tug


In literature:

Voters could come to de window, put deir arms thru and tuck de vote in a slit in de boxes.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
But he tuck it good natured an' jest kep' on a chawin' o' his tobacker.
"The Starbucks" by Opie Percival Read
She caught the flamingo and tucked it away under her arm, that it might not escape again.
"Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll
Robin liked her best, and Rosalyn Crane felt this and promptly tucked Robin under her wing.
"Red-Robin" by Jane Abbott
No; but I found something else tucked away in an inner pocket which struck me as bearing quite pointedly upon this case.
"The House in the Mist" by Anna Katharine Green
Milly spoiled two shirts this afternoon, but her mother bought us some beautiful readymade ones instead, with tucked fronts.
"Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
It had six crape tucks, of which fact I was very proud, having heard a good deal said about it.
"Six to Sixteen" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
She had a second-class certificate tucked away among her belongings.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Remove the basting from the first row of braid and tuck the edge of the fabric under.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
He saw her tuck it in her waist and rein Boyar round toward the gate.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs

In poetry:

'Tis tucking in the carriage,
'Tis asking for a call;
'Tis long good-nights in tender lights,
And that is—no, not all!
"What Is Flirtation?" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Fie, silly bird!" I answered, "tuck
Your head beneath your wing,
And go to sleep;"--but o'er and o'er
He asked the self-same thing.
"The Common Question" by John Greenleaf Whittier
She sleeps within her narrow cot,
Safe “tucked in” from the night;
Resigned, I leave the solemn spot,
“God doeth all things right.”
"At My Mother's Grave" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Then again she comes to the curb
to call the ice-man, fish-man, and stands
shy, uncorseted, tucking in
stray ends of hair, and I compare her
to a fallen leaf.
"The Young Housewife" by William Carlos Williams
The mules they stopped about a rod
From me, and went to feedin'
'Longside the road, upon the sod,
But Jones (which he had tuck a tod)
Not knowin', kept a-readin'.
"Jones's Private Argyment" by Sidney Lanier
That's all. At least, as far as I'm concerned,
I took no further interest in the show.
The things wot 'appened subsekint I know
Frum wot I learned
When I come-to, tucked in me little bed,
Me chest on fire, an' cold packs on me 'ead.
"Spike Wegg" by C J Dennis

In news:

Storing the leaves is a snap--they tuck away under the top.
Tuck Younis, then assistant police chief in San Jose, 2007.
Over the millennia, across cultures, some have buried, some burned, some tucked their dead into a bog.
) Produced by Matthew Gordon, Kevin Abrams, Mike Jones, Nate Tuck, Amile Wilson, Art Jones, Merilee Holt.
Barack tucks me in every night .
He may be the leader of the free world, but he still takes a moment to tuck his wife in at bedtime.
You want to tuck into the federal regulations dealing with migratory birds.
Tuck, Osi, JPP -- a Super combination.
They have guns tucked into their belts.
Food Reviews & Stories We know Portland teenagers are all tucked in bed by the city's curfew, which is 10:15 pm on school nights and midnight on weekends.
The Giants' Tuck last week characterized the Cowboys offensive line as "confused.".
Walmart has been a non-player in toys this year, according to Eric Johnson, director of the Center for Digital Strategies at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.
Thank You, New York, For Tucking In My Tag.
The Monster Who Would Tuck You in at Night.
Tucked into a quiet corner of midtown on Harvard Ave is a popular little dive bar with cheap drinks and a cast of T-Town characters and regulars.

In science:

And here we depart from roughly chronological order to tuck in a few other sorts of strings.
Astrophysics in 2006
They correspond to an m-dimensional Brownian sheet, an m-dimensional Brownian pillow, and an m-dimensional tucked Brownian sheet, respectively.
An extremal problem with applications to testing multivariate independence
Proof The proof follows the pattern of (Neuhaus, 1971, Sec. 4, 5), where, among others, weak convergence of the process WM ,n(x) = √n (Fn (x) − xM ) to a tucked Brownian sheet is established.
An extremal problem with applications to testing multivariate independence
Where would the state get more servants? Would the rest of society trust these servants? Science needed many ideological nips, tucks, and lifts.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
Study of the probability distribution PN(Q), for D(x) with N zeros corresponding to eigenvalues of the Gaussian unitary ensemble (GUE), supports Tuck’s observation that large values of Q are very rare for the Riemann zeros.
Tuck's incompressibility function: statistics for zeta zeros and eigenvalues