• WordNet 3.6
    • v rick twist suddenly so as to sprain "wrench one's ankle","The wrestler twisted his shoulder","the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell","I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"
    • v rick pile in ricks "rick hay"
    • n rick a stack of hay
    • n rick a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the movie Casablanca Rick never says "Play it again, Sam." He says: "You played it for her, you can play it for me. Play it!". Ilsa says "Play it, Sam. Play `As Time Goes By"'.
    • n Rick rĭk A stack or pile, as of grain, straw, or hay, in the open air, usually protected from wet with thatching. "Golden clusters of beehive ricks , rising at intervals beyond the hedgerows."
    • v. t Rick To heap up in ricks, as hay, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Neil Young was once roommates with Rick James.
    • n rick A heap or pile; specifically, a pile of hay or grain, generally cylindrical, with the top rounded or conical, and sometimes thatched for protection from rain.
    • n rick Synonyms Shock, etc. See sheaf.
    • rick To pile up in ricks.
    • rick See wrick.
    • n rick In parts of the United States, applied only to an oblong-shaped pile.
    • n rick A pile of brushwood used in the concentration of weak brine from salt-wells, the brine being allowed to trickle over the pile with free exposure to the air.
    • n rick Along the coast from New England to Delaware, a mass of salt-marsh hay supported upon piles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rick and Paul Reuschel of the 1975 Chicago Cubs combine to pitch a shutout, the first time brothers do this.
    • n Rick rik a pile or heap, as of hay
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. reek, rek, AS. hreác, a heap; akin to hryce, rick, Icel. hraukr
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hreác; Ice. hraukr.


In literature:

They might also be usefully employed in the detection of rick-burners.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
At the head of the lake was the Rick Rack River, running down from the hills and forests beyond.
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
We were neither Foot-pads nor Cut-purses, nay, nor Smugglers nor Rick-burners.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
They never tell me or Rick anythin'.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
Then the ricks required thatching, and Turner thatched them.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
She was lying flat on her stomach at the top of a rick.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
I sat down by the side of her covert, and rested my back against the rick.
"The Love Story of Abner Stone" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
This boy was brought to Count von der Ricke's Asylum after the German struggle with Napoleon.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Run to the house and fetch Master Stickles, and all the men while I stay here and watch the rick-yard.
"The Speaker, No. 5: Volume II, Issue 1" by Various
Rick Joyce took inventory of the faces and mentally called his roll.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck

In poetry:

Towards the object now they drew,
With rattle-rick an' loud halloo;
The Captain shook his curly head,
And slyly wished himself in bed.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
A little house with white-washed wall,
And thatched like any golden rick,
And the little boys within my call,
And they running so quick.
"The Mother of Three" by Katharine Tynan
The wheat that did leätely rustle thick
Is now up in mows that still be new,
An’ yollow bevore the sky o’ blue—
Tip after tip, an’ rick by rick.
"The Fall" by William Barnes
O you are not lying in the wet clay,
For it is a harvest evening now and we
Are piling up the ricks against the moonlight
And you smile up at us - eternally.
"In Memory Of My Mother" by Patrick Kavanagh
Then eastward saw we slowly grow
Clear-edged the lines of roof and spire,
While great elm-masses blacken slow,
And linden-ricks their round heads show
Against a flush of widening fire.
"An Invitation" by James Russell Lowell
The loaded wagons wend their way
Across the pasture-lands, and stay
Beside the hedge where foxgloves peer;
And ricks that shall be fashioned here
Will be the sweetest stuff, they say,
In Dorset Dear!
"In Dorset Dear" by Fay Inchfawn

In news:

Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill was recalling the time he met Sonny Collins.
AP PHOTO Louisville's Peyton Siva, left, shares a laugh with head coach Rick Pitino during their intrasquad scrimmage on Oct 27.
In Casablanca, everybody went to Rick's.
"I will work every day to make Washington, DC as inconsquential in your life as I can," says Rick Perry as he announces for president.
Rick Nease — McClatchy Tribune.
Gogol Bordello Graduate From School of Rick Rubin for Next Album.
Once you've made a record with Rick Rubin, where do you go from there.
Posted on May 30, 2007 at 12:06 pm by Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau in Lobbying.
Rick's take on budget beers.
Are you scared enough of vaccines to give your kid a lollipop that's… (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles…).
Berklee School of Music is allowing me to audit Chords 101, which is an online course taught by Rick Peckham.
Rick Lazio Drops Out of Governor's Race.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has added to his portfolio of controversial statements about his personal values as he wades deeper into the culture wars.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum addresses supporters during a campaign stop in Lansing, Michigan on Feb 27.
The Anti-Defamation League once again reprimanded Rick Santorum for his advocacy of a church role in governing.

In science:

Rick Durrett, Random graph dynamics, Cambridge Series in Statistical and Probabilistic Mathematics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007.
Spectra of large random trees
Zograf for many helpful and illuminating discussions regarding the growth of Weil-Petersson volumes. I am also grateful to Rick Schoen and Jan Vondrak.
Growth of Weil-Petersson volumes and random hyperbolic surfaces of large genus
Of all my colleagues I want to express my special thanks to Rick van der Zwet for his guidance during the project and Henk Uittenbogaard for providing an excellent and inspiring working atmosphere.
Analysis of Using Browser-native Technology to Build Rich Internet Applications for Image Manipulation
The ideas and directions discussed in this paper were in large part inspired by the positive mass inequality, proved in dimensions less than eight in Rick’s famous joint works with S.-T.
On the Positive Mass, Penrose, an ZAS Inequalities in General Dimension
Nathana¨el Berestycki and Rick Durrett. A phase transition for the random transposition random walk.
Cycle structure of the interchange process and representation theory