lurk

Definitions

  • Mining a Lurking Peril
    Mining a Lurking Peril
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lurk wait in hiding to attack
    • v lurk be about "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square","Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
    • v lurk lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Russian submarine designers are building military submarines out of concrete. Because concrete becomes stronger under high pressure, (C-subs) could settle down to the bottom in very deep water and wait for enemy ships to pass overhead. Concrete would not show up on sonar displays (it looks just like sand or rocks), so the passing ships would not see the sub lurking below.
    • Lurk To keep out of sight. "The defendant lurks and wanders about in Berks."
    • Lurk To lie hidden; to lie in wait. "Like wild beasts, lurking in loathsome den.""Let us . . . lurk privily for the innocent."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lurk To lie in concealment; hide or keep out of sight, as for ambush or escape; skulk.
    • lurk To be latent or undisclosed; be withdrawn from open manifestation; exist unperceived or unsuspected.
    • n lurk A trick of imposture; a swindling artifice; a cunning dodge.
    • n lurk The act of lurking or prowling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Lurk lurk to lie in wait: to be concealed
    • n Lurk a swindle
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Quotations

  • Tony Martin
    Tony Martin
    “My mother's obsession with the good scissors always scared me a bit. It implied that somewhere in the house there lurked: the evil scissors.”
  • Heinrich Heine
    Heinrich%20Heine
    “Oh what lies lurk in kisses!”
  • Louis D. Brandeis
    Louis D. Brandeis
    “The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal -- well-meaning but without understanding.”
  • Earl Nightingale
    Earl%20Nightingale
    “Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; whenever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable. They go together.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    Eric%20Hoffer
    “The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lurken, lorken, prob. a dim. from the source of E. lower, to frown. See Lower, and cf. Lurch, a sudden roll, Lurch to lurk

Usage

In literature:

In mid-Manhattan soldiers saw that Tiffany's jewelry store housed the lurking shapes.
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
And yet, thou brave Teufelsdroeckh, who could tell what lurked in thee?
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
Danger and treachery lurked behind every promontory, and the men had to look out for currents, falls, rapids, and whirlpools.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
I had a lurking doubt that he was rebuking me for my vanity.
"The Rose of Old St. Louis" by Mary Dillon
A few days afterwards all hands were ordered to the fields to work; but I stayed behind, lurking about the house.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
Yet there lurked about him occasional flashes of something better.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
I and my wench oft under clothes did lurk, When pleasure moved us to our sweetest work.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
There were two or three busy squirrels, and some birds, but no sign of lurking enemy.
"Mass' George" by George Manville Fenn
Yet, even then, at their very elbows, spies of Tarrano must have been lurking.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
When the breach came it was almost entirely the Virginian's fault, or the fault of the unsuspected Hyde who lurked behind his Jekyll.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
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In poetry:

Thine the beauteous skill that lurks
Everywhere in Nature's works—
Thine is Art, with all its worth,
Thine each masterpiece on earth!
"The Hymn For All Nations: 1851. (Translated Into Thirty Languages)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
'Twill nevermore be April now
But there will lurk a thought of him
At the street corners, gay with flowers
From rainy valleys purple-dim.
"A Seamark" by Bliss William Carman
Oh! when did wit so brightly shine
In any form less fair than thine?
It is—it is love's subtle fire,
And under friendship lurks desire.
"Song XI. - Perhaps it is not love" by William Shenstone
I know where wild things lurk and linger,
In groves as gray and grand as Time;
I know where God has written poems
Too strong for words or rhyme.
"A Taunt" by Maurice Thompson
Yet in her gladness lurks a fear,
In all her mirth there breathes a sigh,
So soon her pretty flowers are gone—
And ah! she is too young to die!
"April" by Richard Le Gallienne
I know where it lurks and hides,
In the midst of the busy house,
In the midst of the children's glee,
All clay its shadow bides:
Nobody knows but me.
"My Little Ghost" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

There's a dirty little secret lurking just beyond the sprawling farms and country homes along Duffy Road in Fairfield County.
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — There's something strange lurking around people's yards, and looking in windows in Glyndon, Minnesota.
Doomsday doesn't lurk, Russians told.
Surprises lurk around each corner.
The Lurking Sexism Behind Natural Parenting.
Drift has always lurked as a potential threat to applicators as they put pesticides on crops.
Mercury lurks just 2° below Venus during November's first 2 weeks.
But dreams don't zip 95 mph fastballs or sliders that bite like the tiger sharks lurking in the Atlantic Ocean near Melbourne.
LeBron, Kobe leading, Lin lurking in first All-Star vote returns.
The story, however, might lurk in the comments left on the Scribd website.
And right now, it could be lurking in your garden .
A local resident claims there's something lurking in Lewisville Lake — and it's no Halloween ghost story.
Is there still some turkey lurking around your refrigerator.
Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of bad New York restaurants.
It appears more such grenades might still be lurking in dark corners.
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In science:

The tidal disruption of a star by a supermassive black hole (SMBH) has been proposed to be a unique probe for dormant black holes lurking in the nuclei of normal galaxies (Frank & Rees 1976; Lidskii & Ozernoi 1979).
UV/Optical Detections of Candidate Tidal Disruption Events by GALEX and CFHTLS
Lurking behind the specific methodology of this paper is the broader, still mainly unanswered, question of how one should combine evidence from thousands of parallel but not identical hypothesis testing situations.
Microarrays, Empirical Bayes and the Two-Groups Model
Is this an artifact of high symmetry? Or, are there robust singularity resolution theorems lurking just around the corner? A qualitative picture that emerges is that the non-perturbative quantum geometry corrections are ‘repulsive’.
Singularity Resolution in Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Brief Overview
Though this liquidnitrogen consuming monster still lurks in a corner of the lab, a new commercial solid state fiber laser solution is available (Koheras Adjustik) that outputs 20 mW of PZT-tunable 1762 nm light with a free-running linewidth of ∼ 50 kHz.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Where the surprise lurks is that for the rotating wave model, this transfer is zero.
Violation of the zeroth law of thermodynamics for a non-ergodic interaction
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