• WordNet 3.6
    • v pluck look for and gather "pick mushrooms","pick flowers"
    • v pluck strip of feathers "pull a chicken","pluck the capon"
    • v pluck pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion "he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
    • v pluck pull or pull out sharply "pluck the flowers off the bush"
    • v pluck rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    • v pluck sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
    • n pluck the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
    • n pluck the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked every hair from their bodies including their eyebrows and eyelashes
    • Pluck Especially, to pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off or out from something, with a twitch; to twitch; also, to gather, to pick; as, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes. "I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude.""E'en children followed, with endearing wile,
      And plucked his gown to share the good man's smile."
    • Pluck Spirit; courage; indomitable resolution; fortitude. "Decay of English spirit, decay of manly pluck ."
    • Pluck The act of plucking, or the state of being plucked, at college. See Pluck v. t., 4.
    • Pluck The act of plucking; a pull; a twitch.
    • Pluck The heart, liver, and lights of an animal.
    • Pluck (Zoöl) The lyrie.
    • v. i Pluck To make a motion of pulling or twitching; -- usually with at; as, to pluck at one's gown.
    • Pluck To pull; to draw. "Its own nature . . . plucks on its own dissolution."
    • Pluck (Eng. Universities) To reject at an examination for degrees.
    • Pluck To strip of, or as of, feathers; as, to pluck a fowl. "They which pass by the way do pluck her."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptian priests would pluck every hair from their bodies.
    • pluck To pull off, as feathers from a fowl, or fruit or flowers from a plant; pick off; gather; pick or cull, as berries or flowers.
    • pluck To pull; draw; drag: used either literally or figuratively.
    • pluck Especially To pull sharply; pull with sudden force or jerk; give a tugor twitch to; twitch; snatch; twang, as the strings of a harp or guitar.
    • pluck To strip, as a fowl, by pulling off its feathers; strip the feathers from: as, to pluck a fowl.
    • pluck To reject, after a university or other examination, as not coming up to the required standard.
    • pluck To summon or muster up: as, to pluck up courage, spirit, etc.
    • pluck Intrans., to collect one's self; gather spirit or courage.
    • n pluck A pull; a tug; a twitch; a snatch: as, he gave the sword a pluck.
    • n pluck A blow; a stroke.
    • n pluck A bout; around.
    • n pluck The heart, liver, and lungs or lights of a sheep, ox, or other animal used as butchers' meat: also used figuratively or humorously of the like parts of a human being.
    • n pluck Hence Heart; courage; spirit; determined energy; resolution in the face of difficulties.
    • n pluck The pogge, Agonus cataphractus.
    • pluck In geology, to pry off or tear away, as blocks of rock from the lee side of cliffs or projections, or more moderate slopes: said of the action of moving ice, as in glaciers. See plucking.
    • pluck To pull sharply, as if at the folds of a skirt: used with at.
    • pluck In geology, to break off easily in large pieces, as granite. See plucking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Pluck pluk to pull off or away: to snatch: to strip, as a fowl of its feathers:
    • n Pluck a single act of plucking
    • n Pluck pluk the heart, liver, and lungs of an animal—hence heart, courage, spirit
    • v.t Pluck pluk (slang) to reject an examinee as inefficient
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”
  • H. Ross Perot
    “If we decide to take this level of business creating ability nationwide, we'll all be plucking chickens for a living.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.”
  • James A. Garfield
    James A. Garfield
    “A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. pluccian,; akin to LG. & D. plukken, G. pflücken, Icel. plokka, plukka, Dan. plukke, Sw. plocka,. 27
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pluccian; akin to Dut. plukken, Ger. pflücken.


In literature:

Then he plucked up courage and went to Peggy.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Keep up your pluck, my lads, and follow me.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
Cocardasse plucked Passepoil by the sleeve and drew him a little away from their fellow-ruffians.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Plucking the entrails of an offering forth, They could not find a heart within the beast.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
But who is this fellow plucking at your sleeve?
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Opportunity is a beautiful bird, but so shy that it feeds on the wing and never alights long enough for a common man to pluck its plumage.
"Oklahoma Sunshine" by Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
Her fingers plucked, trembling, at the embroidered hem of a white, wadded handkerchief.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
This annual meeting's your opportunity, so you'd best pluck up your courage and nerve yourself for the fray.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
It was the Blakes' misfortune that they could never be serious, but I admire your pluck.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
He roared with pain, for a raven had plucked out his eyes.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various

In poetry:

When I return in happier hour,
And visit thy beloved cot,
Again we'll walk and pluck that flower,
The Lover's flower—Forget-me-not.
"Forget Me Not" by Mary Anne Browne
Eve must have wept to leave her flowers,
And plucked some roots to tell
Of Eden's happy, sinless bowers,
Where she in bliss did dwell.
"Eve's Flowers" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
I will not let thee go.
Have not the young flowers been content,
Plucked ere their buds could blow,
To seal our sacrament?
I cannot let thee go.
"I Will Not Let Thee Go" by Robert Seymour Bridges
The night we felt the earth would move
We stole and plucked him by the hand,
Because we loved him with the love
That knows but cannot understand.
"The Miracle of Purun Bhagat" by Rudyard Kipling
Oh Mary ! can it really be,
Thy form relentless death hath struck ;—
Were there no flowers less fair than thee,
For his unsparing hand to pluck ?
"Stanzas to Mary" by Mary Anne Browne
These simple flowers of withered hue,
Last year when summer winds did wave,
Were plucked by her because they grew
Upon the Ettrick Shepherd's grave.
"Dead Flowers" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Chinese Canadian film director Yung Chang plucks exotic fruit of human evolution in new documentary.
Even though critics will have to wait until this weekend to pluck down their hard-earned $12 to see G.I.
Then there was Nguyen, who was plucked from the scrap heap after the Whitecaps waived him prior to Week 1.
Hiker plucked from canyon in dramatic air rescue.
Reality star Alexis Bellino of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" is always happy to receive new fans and followers, but 30,000 in one day was enough to raise quite a few perfectly plucked eyebrows.
Wonderful game looks like it was plucked from a 5-year-old's coloring book.
There are lots of worse shows than "Made in Jersey," plucked from the schedule after just two airings.
Or maybe that guy who keeps plucking that chicken.
She made it about halfway before being plucked out of the water for her safety.
Mason Marin, left, and Austin Rosenbaum pluck on the porch of the place where they practice with Mister Meaner, along with other band members Tony Louie and Tyrone Swan.
Matt Heim shows off a couple of listada eggplants plucked from his backyard garden.
A lifetime ago they were plucked from graduate schools and university laboratories in the midst of World War II and and told to report to obscure locations to work on building an atomic bomb.
It's hard to imagine that three years ago, the 21-year-old singer was plucked out of a London club and had to audition for the Roc Nation honcho Jay-Z.
Pluck 'Em And Eat 'Em.
In a segment last Friday that, to me, proves that Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb's interactions are completely improvised, Gifford plucked a nose hair.

In science:

Thus, after the string is plucked and released, it starts to move toward its equilibrium position.
Music in Terms of Science
The classical guitar is a plucked string instrument, usually played with fingers.
Music in Terms of Science
The vibration of the plucked string is transferred through the bridge and amplified by the sound board and resonant body cavity with the sound being pro jected from the sound hole.
Music in Terms of Science
By plucking a string under tension with a movable bridge between the two fixed ends, the Greek mathematician, Pythagoras, found that it sounded good when the ratio of the two lengths from the bridge to an end is simply 2 : 1, and good consonance were also obtained when the string length ratio becomes 3 : 2 and 4 : 3.
Music in Terms of Science
When a string with fixed two ends is plucked (like in guitars and harps) or bowed (like in violins) or thumped (like in pianos), a transverse standing wave pattern is formed along the string with the vibrating velocity in the direction perpendicular to the string.
Music in Terms of Science