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cock 1

a. An adult male chicken; a rooster.
b. An adult male of various other birds.
2. A weathervane shaped like a rooster; a weathercock.
3. A faucet or valve by which the flow of a liquid or gas can be regulated.
a. The hammer of a firearm.
b. The position of the hammer of a firearm when ready for firing.
5. A tilting or jaunty turn upward: the cock of a hat.
6. Vulgar Slang
a. The penis.
b. A man or boy regarded as mean or contemptible.
7. Archaic The characteristic cry of a rooster early in the morning.
tr.v. cocked, cock·ing, cocks
1. To set the hammer of (a firearm) in a position ready for firing.
2. To set (a device, such as a camera shutter) in a position ready for use.
3. To tilt or turn up or to one side, usually in a jaunty or alert manner: cocked an eyebrow in response to a silly question.
4. To raise in preparation to throw or hit: cocked the bat before swinging at the pitch.
cock of the walk
An overbearing or domineering person.

[Middle English cok, from Old English cocc, probably from Late Latin coccus, from coco, a cackling, of imitative origin.]

cock 2

A cone-shaped pile of straw or hay.
tr.v. cocked, cock·ing, cocks
To arrange (straw or hay) into piles shaped like cones.

[Middle English cok.]
References in classic literature ?
I advanced to Morgan's side, cocking my piece as I moved.
Crossbow will not cock: This is less common than it used to be but could well be the result of not having the safety mechanism in the "fire" position while cocking.
The critical component we need to examine is the cocking ramp located on the bolt's underside at the very back of the bolt body and just forward of the bolt shroud.
Diane Elizabeth Cocking, midwife at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan, admitted five allegations that she had failed to update patient records, challenge doctors, set up monitoring equipment and escalate treatment to a consultant.
Thanks for your two articles on this ("Crossbow Crank Cocking System," January 2013 and "Making a Custom Crossbow Cocking Aid," November 2011.
On the other hand, a double-action revolver (or DA) can fire by cocking the hammer and firing single action, or firing double action.
They require full effort the instant the lever starts to compress the spring, unlike airguns with coiled steel springs that start out easy and gradually build up resistance the farther the cocking lever is pushed.
STEVE RUSHWORTH and Richard Cocking are to be honoured by the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League when they are presented with the Lady Sykes Candlesticks.
Cocking the Oval field , so Named after a chunk Was sectioned off to accommodate Landlord Lord Bessborough's Mountain Grove deciduous wood.
The damage is caused by the cocking actuator bracket lever not being fully engaged in the left side of the receiver slot.
On page 38, the caption for the picture states that the "G-22 RTF features a cocking indicator.