• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • orc (Mythology) A mythical monster of varying descriptions; an ogre. "Goblins, hobgoblins, and orcs of the worst description."
    • orc (Zoöl) Any of several cetaceans, especialy the grampus Grampus griseus) of the dolphin family. "An island salt and bare,
      The haunt of seals, and orcs , and sea-mews' clang."
    • orc The orca.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n orc A marine mammal; some cetacean, perhaps a grampus or killer, or the narwhal. See Orca.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Orc ork any whale, the grampus.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. orca, a kind of whale: cf. F. orque,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. orca.


In literature:

Rogero, lance in rest, spurred his Hippogriff toward the Orc, and gave him a thrust.
"Legends of Charlemagne" by Thomas Bulfinch
Had it been Ariosto's "Orc," an a priori argument from science would have had weight.
"Literary and General Lectures and Essays" by Charles Kingsley
Happily, Orc's fires are insatiable.
"William Blake" by Charles Gardner
The battle with the Orc is borrowed from the tale of Perseus.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
They bear strange mouth-filling names, such as Orc, Fuzon, Rintrah, Palamabron, Enitharmon, Oothoon and Ololon.
"William Blake" by Irene Langridge
They've travelled the four grey sounds of Orc, And the four grey seas of Eirinn.
"The Mountainy Singer" by Seosamh MacCathmhaoil

In news:

Thrall (former Warchief of The Horde, a fictional orc shaman in the Warcraft gaming universe).
Warchief Rok battles nasty spiders in the iPad game ORC: Vengeance .
Meet the Orc warchief Rok in the iPad game ORC: Vengeance .
Analysts, CNN/ORC poll gives President Barack Obama the nod in second debate.
In the realm of fantasy is there a more mysterious creature than the orc.
ORCS ready for first state appearance since 2004.
Today's CNN/ORC International poll shows solid American support for Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense.
The National Retail Federation said yesterday that it expects three separate pieces of legislation addressing organized retail crime (ORC) to be introduced this week in the US House of Representatives and Senate.
Product information database helps task force take down ORC ring.
The ORC takes in injured and orphan raptors with the goal of rehabilitating and releasing them back into the wild.
Do you need to be able to fight goblins, orcs, and trolls.
WASHINGTON — Retailers are reporting that organized retail crime (ORC) is growing in severity , volume and type, according to a new survey from the National Retail Federation.
Customer theft, which includes shoplifting and ORC, caused the greatest shrinkage loss in most countries, a total of $48.9 billion (42.5% of total shrinkage ), according to the Global Retail Theft Barometer study.
In a CNN-ORC poll, 48 percent of voters said Obama won.
A new CNN/ORC poll shows Obama maintains a slight edge in Ohio.

In science:

This result is confirmed at the level of statistical certainty over several large ORC samples.
A refined Tully-Fisher relationship and a new scaling law for galaxy discs
The implication of this latter result is that, over large samples, the rotational dynamics on the annular disc (to be given an objective operational definition) are described to high precision in a least-square sense by V ≈ [V ]model ≡ ARα , where (A, α) are parameters determined by the ORC in the annular disc.
A refined Tully-Fisher relationship and a new scaling law for galaxy discs
Due to various problems, such as asymmetric sampling or how many Fourier modes to use for any given ORC etc, the actual implementation of this simple algorithm is complicated, but the code is available from this author.
A refined Tully-Fisher relationship and a new scaling law for galaxy discs
The net effect of these data losses meant that many ORCs were then left with insufficient data points on them to permit a reliable folding.
A refined Tully-Fisher relationship and a new scaling law for galaxy discs
Extraction of the annular disc from the whole disc The process to be described is based on the hypothesis that V ≈ [V ]model ≡ ARα describes rotation velocities in ORCs in certain annular regions which are to be extracted from the whole disc.
A refined Tully-Fisher relationship and a new scaling law for galaxy discs