• WordNet 3.6
    • v shack move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly "John trailed behind his class mates","The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart"
    • v shack make one's home in a particular place or community "may parents reside in Florida"
    • n shack small crude shelter used as a dwelling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shack A shiftless fellow; a low, itinerant beggar; a vagabond; a tramp. "All the poor old shacks about the town found a friend in Deacon Marble.""These miserable shacks are so low that their occupants cannot stand erect."
    • Shack Liberty of winter pasturage.
    • Shack The grain left after harvest or gleaning; also, nuts which have fallen to the ground.
    • Shack To feed in stubble, or upon waste corn.
    • Shack To shed or fall, as corn or grain at harvest.
    • Shack To wander as a vagabond or a tramp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • shack To be shed or fall, as corn at harvest.
    • shack To feed on stubble, or upon the waste corn of the field.
    • shack To hibernate, as an animal, especially the bear: also said of men who “lay up” or “hole up” for the winter, or go into winter quarters.
    • n shack Grain fallen from the ear and eaten by hogs, etc., after harvest; also, fallen mast or acorns.
    • n shack Liberty of winter pasturage.
    • n shack In the fisheries, bait picked up at sea by any means, as the flesh of porpoises or of sea-birds, refuse fish, etc., as distinguished from the regular stock of bait carried by the vessel or otherwise depended upon. Also shack-bait.
    • n shack [⟨ shack, verb, 3.] A very roughly built house or cabin, especially such a one as is put up for temporary occupation while securing a claim under the United States preëmption laws.
    • shack To rove about, as a stroller or beggar.
    • shack To go after, as a ball batted to a distance.
    • n shack A strolling vagabond; a shiftless or worthless fellow; a tramp.
    • n shack A seafaring catch of fish made up of hake, pollack, and other cheap varieties, especially those of the cod family.
    • n shack The right of common pasturage; the straying of cattle into public or on inclosed land.
    • shack Relating to a catch of sea-fish of the cheaper varieties, or of shack-bait.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Shack shak to tramp or wander about
    • n Shack a tramp, a vagabond
    • v.i Shack shak to shed or fall out, as ripe grain from the ear: to feed on stubble:
    • n Shack grain, &c., fallen on the ground: liberty of winter pasturage: a hastily-built cabin, a rickety house
    • v.i Shack shak (U.S.) to hibernate, to go into winter quarters
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Scot. shag, refuse of barley or oats
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Then he sat in the saddle and gazed long and earnestly at the shack and those who stood grouped in front of it.
"The Boy Ranchers at Spur Creek" by Willard F. Baker
He peered hard at the earth in the shadow of the shack.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
In front of the little shack we all stood stark still, listening.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
He reached Red Butte camp in a little more than three hours and found the adobe shack deserted.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
There was a flat one-storied wooden shack close by to which Evin directed him to drive up to.
"Lease to Doomsday" by Lee Archer
The train and shack flattened into the landscape.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
The sod shack is cool, anyhow, Juno.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
But the sides of this shack are not upright but made by resting leaning poles against the eaves.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
At a shack on a little cove, just before midday, he found several fishermen, to whom he applied for clothing.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
Littlest shack of the bunch!
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White

In poetry:

The cowboy waked and sobered up,
His arm was swelled and black.
He awakened the sheepherder
And they started for the shack.
"The Cowboy's Prayer" by Curley Fletcher
See my little shack--why, you'd hardly know it.
All the rooms are swept, Sunday-like and shiny;
Flowers all around, altar simply famished--
Hungry for lamb stew.
"R.S.V.P." by Franklin Pierce Adams
Hush, mah lil' black-bug - doan yuh weep.
Daddy's run away an' mammy's in a heap
By her own fron' door in the blazin' heat
Outah the shacks like warts on the street…
"Lullaby" by Lola Ridge
The boss called his stack, said "Come to the shack.
You look like you might be alright.
That growlin' old bear, yure ridin' right there,
Et up my old range boss last night."
"Yavapai Pete" by Curley Fletcher
Enraged, a soldier hisses back:
"Shut up, you slave, and raise your hands!
You should have stayed in your dirty shack?"
Majestic like a rocky stack
Johannes meets the swarming bands.
"Johannes" by Hristo Smirnenski
I never seen no "red gods"; I dunno wot's a "lure";
But if it's sumpin' takin', then Spring has got it sure;
An' it doesn't need no Kiplins, ner yet no London Jacks,
To make up guff about it, w'ile settin' in their shacks.
"How Spring Comes To Shasta Jim" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

Lady Gaga Crashes at Boyfriend's Beach Shack in Cali .
He will replace Jeffery L Rager at the parent to Joe's Crab Shack and Brickhouse Tavern + Tap.
Like the Jenny Farm in Vermont or the Lobster Shack in Massachusetts, this icon has seen lots of exposures.
Marston's and The Shack boast a winning combination .
Richard Mourdock (R) greets supporters at a campaign event with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney at Stepto's Bar B Q Shack on August 4, 2012 in Evansville, Indiana.
From noon to 6 pm, Josh's Sno Shack will provide free snow cones to anyone in attendance.
The first evening we went to a local favorite crab shack.
Trent Nelson The Salt Lake Tribune Chris Stewart, who is running for the 2nd Congressional District, volunteers in the snack shack during a recent Viewmont High-Davis High football game.
Land O'Lakes Announces Definitive Agreement to Purchase Kozy Shack Enterprises.
East Coast native Dean Randazzo, still getting as shacked as ever after multiple battles with cancer.
Dickey 's BBQ Pit owner confused with owner of Wing Shack -- a case of two Scott Taylors.
Scott Taylor of Dickey 's BBQ Pit has had many phone calls and emails after KY3's story about Wing Shack on December 12.
Dickey 's BBQ Pit owner Scott Taylor is not the owner of Wing Shack.
Shane's Rib Shack offers plenty more than ribs , great service.
The Fish Shack, Coney Islander, Braum's.

In science:

For instance, this corresponds to x and y slopes when considering a Shack-Hartmann (SH) sensor.
Tomographic reconstruction for Wide Field Adaptive Optics systems: Fourier domain analysis and fundamental limitations
Lai “Analytical model for Shack-Hartmann-based adaptive optics systems” Proc.
Tomographic reconstruction for Wide Field Adaptive Optics systems: Fourier domain analysis and fundamental limitations
The higher order compensation system comprises of a Shack-Hartmann sensor, a membrane deformable mirror with 39 actuators and the control computer that allows operations up to 420Hz in closed loop mode.
SAOLIM, a prototype of a low cost System for Adaptive Optics with Lucky Imaging
At each position, the reference fiber pattern was recorded at the Shack-Hartmann sensor which computes the resulting Tip and Tilt values of the image.
SAOLIM, a prototype of a low cost System for Adaptive Optics with Lucky Imaging
Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. (A) Conceptual diagram.
Bringing the Visible Universe into Focus with Robo-AO