• Mole Cricket
    Mole Cricket
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cricket play cricket
    • n cricket a game played with a ball and bat by two teams of 11 players; teams take turns trying to score runs
    • n cricket leaping insect; male makes chirping noises by rubbing the forewings together
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Pinocchio Threw His Hammer at the Talking-Cricket Pinocchio Threw His Hammer at the Talking-Cricket
I used to play quite a lot of cricket I used to play quite a lot of cricket

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The loudest insect in the world is the male cicadas, which are like crickets. When they rub their abdomens, the sound made can be heard from 1300 feet
    • Cricket A game much played in England, and sometimes in America, with a ball, bats, and wickets, the players being arranged in two contesting parties or sides.
    • Cricket A low stool. "I . . . seated her upon a little crock ."
    • Cricket (Arch) A small false roof, or the raising of a portion of a roof, so as to throw off water from behind an obstacle, such as a chimney.
    • n Cricket (Zoöl) An orthopterous insect of the genus Gryllus, and allied genera. The males make chirping, musical notes by rubbing together the basal parts of the veins of the front wings.☞ The common European cricket is Gryllus domesticus; the common large black crickets of America are Gryllus niger Gryllus neglectus, and others.
    • v. i Cricket To play at cricket.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hamsters love to eat crickets.
    • n cricket Any saltatorial orthopterous insect of the family Gryllidæ (or Achetidæ), or of a group Achetina: sometimes extended to certain species of the related family Locustidæ. In both these families the antennæ are very long and filamentous, with sometimes upward of 100 joints, and the ovipositor is often very large. It is to the saltatorial forms, as distinguished from the Acridiidæ (grasshoppers), that the name cricket is usually applied. The best-known species is the common house-cricket, Acheta or Gryllus domestica. The field-cricket is Acheta or Gryllus campestris; the mole-cricket, Gryllotalpa vulgaris; the grand cricket of New Zealand, Anostostoma or Dinacrida heteracantha. See also sand-cricket.
    • n cricket An open-air game played with bats, ball, and wickets, long peculiar to England, but now popular throughout the British empire, and somewhat less so in the United States and elsewhere. It is played by two opposite sets or sides of players, numbering 11 players each. Two wickets of 3 stumps 27 inches high, with 2 bails each 4 inches long on top, are placed in the ground 22 yards apart. A line known as the bowling-crease is drawn through and parallel to the stumps, 6 feet 8 inches in length, behind which the bowler must stand. Four feet in front of this is another line, known as the popping-crease, of at least as great a length as the bowling-crease; between these two the batsman stands. After the rival sides have tossed for the choice of taking the bat or fielding, two men are sent to the wickets, bat in hand. The opposite or fielding side are all simultaneously engaged: one (the bowler) being stationed behind one wicket for the purpose of bowling his ball against the opposite wicket, where another player (the wicket-keeper) stands ready to catch the ball should it not be batted; the other fielders are placed in different parts of the field, so as to catch or stop the ball after it has been struck by the batsman or missed by the wicket-keeper. Their positions and names are shown in the diagram. It is the object of the batsman to prevent the ball delivered by the bowler from knocking the balls off his wicket, either by merely stopping the ball with his bat or driving it away to a distant part of the field. Should the ball be driven to any distance, or not stopped by the wicket-keeper, the two batsmen run across and exchange wickets once or more. Each time this is done is counted as a “run,” and is marked to the credit of the striker. If the batsman, however, allows the ball to carry away a bail or a stump, either when the ball is bowled or while he is running from wicket to wicket, if he knocks down any part of his own wicket, if any part of his person stops a ball that would otherwise have reached his wicket, or if he strikes a ball so that it is caught by one of the opposite party before it reaches the ground, he is “out”—that is, he gives up his place to one of his own side; and so the game goes on until 10 of the 11 men have played and been put out. This constitutes an “innings.” The side in the field then take their turn at the bat. Generally after two innings have been played by both sides the game comes to an end, that side winning which has scored the greater number of runs. A rude form of the game is known to have been played in the thirteenth century.
    • cricket To engage in the game of cricket; play cricket.
    • n cricket A small, low stool; a footstool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The oldest "cricket" match was played between the USA and Canada in 1844.
    • n Cricket krik′et a saltatory, orthopterous insect, allied to grasshoppers and locusts.
    • n Cricket krik′et an outdoor game played with bats, a ball, and wickets, between two sides of eleven each
    • v.i Cricket to play at cricket
    • n Cricket krik′et (Scot.) a low stool.
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  • Bertrand Russell
    “To expect a personality to survive the disintegration of the brain is like expecting a cricket club to survive when all of its members are dead.”


Not cricket - (UK) If something is not cricket, it is unfair.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. criket, OF. crequet, criquet,; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. creak,; cf. D. kriek, a cricket. See Creak


In literature:

"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
The boys call her Cricket, and Limpy Dick.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Our green grasshopper is also related to the cricket, so merrily noisy in dwelling-houses.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
There was a Senior cricket match being played and the Fifth-Formers were loath to lose one minute of that.
"Judy of York Hill" by Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
I have my new bat now, and I can see that cricket will become a different game for me.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
"Punch, or the London Charivari, July 1, 1914" by Various
She made her way to the paddock, and spent the rest of the morning in playing cricket with her boy and the curate's children.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
But, Cricket, don't you think he is really getting smaller all the time?
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
He was awfully fond of cricket when he was a boy.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
Later we took to the North West Arm, where cricket and other games were played.
"A Soldier's Life" by Edwin G. Rundle

In poetry:

Crickets to the morning air
Sang the season's evening song,
While the sea-birds' dusky lair
Glimmered with their throng.
"In Mist And Dark" by Annie Adams Fields
The locusts and crickets the chirpiest
Though they may not stay in tune,
The darkness is the nightiest
When there is no moon.
"Fond Memories Of Farm Life" by Amelia Wire Holmes Aaron
The cricket's sharp, discordant scream
Fills mortal sense with dread;
More sorrowful it scarce could seem;
It voices beauty fled.
"Autumn" by Mary Baker Eddy
The pining crickets
Have ceased to sing
In the autumn fields;
Who calls from there, I wonder,
Will she come to view the flowers…
"The pining crickets" by Ise
My Anna, summer laughs in mirth,
And we will of the party be,
And leave the crickets in the hearth
For green fields' merry minstrelsy.
"To Anna Three Years Old" by John Clare
I would sleep, but not too soundly,
Where the sunning partridge drums,
Till the crickets hush before him
When the Scarlet Hunter comes.
"The Grave-Tree" by Bliss William Carman

In news:

Crickets / Music Battle of the Ugh .
Crickets / Music An Unordered List of the Best Things I Saw at Lollapalooza.
Crickets / Music Miserable but mood-elevating music from Welkin Dusk.
West Indies ' Shivnarine Chanderpaul bats during the first day of the first cricket test match against Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012.
Cricket Sides Full of Talent Rarely Expose it in the International Field.
West Indies ' Chris Gayle celebrates with the trophy after the West Indies defeated Sri Lanka in their World Twenty20 final cricket match at.
UPDATE 2-Cricket- West Indies clinch World Twenty20 title.
England Rests Anderson for 3rd Cricket Test Against West Indies .
England omitted bowler James Anderson from its squad for the third cricket Test against the West Indies , opting to "manage his workload" with a series victory already assured.
Cricket's wicket is greener than ever.
Mark Boucher is Test cricket's most successful wicketkeeper in terms of dismissals.
Music / Crickets Yakuza update.
Kashmiri boys play cricket at a closed market area during a strike in Srinagar, India, Saturday, April 9.
Crickets that live near highways change their tune to overcome roadside noise, a new study reports.
Ex-cricketer Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff victorious in pro-boxing debut.

In science:

This paper proposes a simple method to evaluate batsmen and bowlers in cricket.
Bernoulli Runs: Using "Book Cricket" to Evaluate Cricketers
Probability, Combinatorics, Coin Toss, Bernoulli Runs, Book Cricket, Monte Carlo Simulation.
Bernoulli Runs: Using "Book Cricket" to Evaluate Cricketers
In the late 1980s and early 1990s to beat afternoon drowsiness in school one resorted to playing “book cricket”.
Bernoulli Runs: Using "Book Cricket" to Evaluate Cricketers
We would play two national teams without any overs limit since it was a too much of a hassle to count the number of deliveries1. A book cricketer would construct his own team and match it up against his friend.
Bernoulli Runs: Using "Book Cricket" to Evaluate Cricketers
Thus it was like test cricket but with just one innings for each team.
Bernoulli Runs: Using "Book Cricket" to Evaluate Cricketers