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fluke 1

 (flo͞ok)
n.
1. Any of numerous parasitic flatworms, including the trematodes, some of which infect humans, and the monogeneans, which are chiefly ectoparasites of fish.
2. Any of various flatfishes chiefly of the genus Paralichthys, especially the summer flounder.

[Middle English, flounder, flatfish, from Old English flōc; see plāk- in Indo-European roots. Sense 1, from the flounderlike shape of sheep flukes .]

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fluke2
top: arrowhead and whale flukes
bottom: anchor flukes

fluke 2

 (flo͞ok)
n.
1. Nautical The triangular blade at the end of an arm of an anchor, designed to catch in the ground.
2. A barb or barbed head, as on an arrow or a harpoon.
3. Either of the two horizontally flattened divisions of the tail of a whale.

[Possibly from fluke.]

fluke 3

 (flo͞ok)
n.
1. A chance occurrence: That spring snowstorm was a total fluke.
2. Games An accidentally good or successful stroke in billiards or pool.

[Origin unknown.]

fluke

(fluːk)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) Also called: flue a flat bladelike projection at the end of the arm of an anchor
2. (Animals) either of the two lobes of the tail of a whale or related animal
3. (Fishing) Also called: flue the barb or barbed head of a harpoon, arrow, etc
[C16: perhaps a special use of fluke3 (in the sense: a flounder)]

fluke

(fluːk)
n
1. an accidental stroke of luck
2. any chance happening
vb
(tr) to gain, make, or hit by a fluke
[C19: of unknown origin]

fluke

(fluːk)
n
1. (Animals) any parasitic flatworm, such as the blood fluke and liver fluke, of the classes Monogenea and Digenea (formerly united in a single class Trematoda)
2. (Zoology) another name for flounder21
[Old English flōc; related to Old Norse flōki flounder, Old Saxon flaka sole, Old High German flah smooth]

fluke1

(fluk)

n.
1. the part of an anchor that catches in the ground, esp. the flat triangular piece at the end of each arm.
2. the barbed head of a harpoon, spear, arrow, etc.
3. either half of the triangular tail of a whale.
[1555–65]

fluke2

(fluk)

n.
1. a stroke of good luck: I got the job by a fluke.
2. a chance happening; accident.
3. an accidentally successful stroke, as in billiards.
[1855–60; of obscure orig.; compare dial. fluke a guess]

fluke3

(fluk)

n.
1. any of several American flounders of the genus Paralichthys, esp. P. dentatus, of the Atlantic Ocean.
[before 900; Middle English flok(e), fluke, Old English flōc; c. Old Norse flōki]

fluke

(flo͞ok)
Either of the two flattened fins of a whale's tail.

fluke


Past participle: fluked
Gerund: fluking

Imperative
fluke
fluke
Present
I fluke
you fluke
he/she/it flukes
we fluke
you fluke
they fluke
Preterite
I fluked
you fluked
he/she/it fluked
we fluked
you fluked
they fluked
Present Continuous
I am fluking
you are fluking
he/she/it is fluking
we are fluking
you are fluking
they are fluking
Present Perfect
I have fluked
you have fluked
he/she/it has fluked
we have fluked
you have fluked
they have fluked
Past Continuous
I was fluking
you were fluking
he/she/it was fluking
we were fluking
you were fluking
they were fluking
Past Perfect
I had fluked
you had fluked
he/she/it had fluked
we had fluked
you had fluked
they had fluked
Future
I will fluke
you will fluke
he/she/it will fluke
we will fluke
you will fluke
they will fluke
Future Perfect
I will have fluked
you will have fluked
he/she/it will have fluked
we will have fluked
you will have fluked
they will have fluked
Future Continuous
I will be fluking
you will be fluking
he/she/it will be fluking
we will be fluking
you will be fluking
they will be fluking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fluking
you have been fluking
he/she/it has been fluking
we have been fluking
you have been fluking
they have been fluking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fluking
you will have been fluking
he/she/it will have been fluking
we will have been fluking
you will have been fluking
they will have been fluking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fluking
you had been fluking
he/she/it had been fluking
we had been fluking
you had been fluking
they had been fluking
Conditional
I would fluke
you would fluke
he/she/it would fluke
we would fluke
you would fluke
they would fluke
Past Conditional
I would have fluked
you would have fluked
he/she/it would have fluked
we would have fluked
you would have fluked
they would have fluked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fluke - a stroke of luck
fortune, luck - an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome; "it was my good luck to be there"; "they say luck is a lady"; "it was as if fortune guided his hand"
serendipity - good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries
2.fluke - a barb on a harpoon or arrow
barb - a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
harpoon - a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it
3.fluke - flat bladelike projection on the arm of an anchor
anchor, ground tackle - a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
projection - any structure that branches out from a central support
4.fluke - either of the two lobes of the tail of a cetacean
cetacean, cetacean mammal, blower - large aquatic carnivorous mammal with fin-like forelimbs no hind limbs, including: whales; dolphins; porpoises; narwhals
tail - the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
5.fluke - parasitic flatworms having external suckers for attaching to a hostfluke - parasitic flatworms having external suckers for attaching to a host
flatworm, platyhelminth - parasitic or free-living worms having a flattened body
class Trematoda, Trematoda - parasitic flatworms (including flukes)
Fasciola hepatica, liver fluke - flatworm parasitic in liver and bile ducts of domestic animals and humans
Fasciolopsis buski - fluke that is parasitic on humans and swine; common in eastern Asia
blood fluke, schistosome - flatworms parasitic in the blood vessels of mammals

fluke

noun stroke of luck, accident, coincidence, chance occurrence, chance, stroke, blessing, freak, windfall, quirk, lucky break, serendipity, quirk of fate, fortuity, break The discovery was something of a fluke.

fluke

noun
An unexpected random event:
Translations
نَجاح بِالصُّدْفَه
šťástná náhoda
heldtilfælde
mázli
heppni
laimingas atsitiktinumas
laimes gadījumsnecerēta laime
šťastná náhoda

fluke

1 [fluːk] Nchiripa f, golpe m de suerte
to win by a flukeganar de or por chiripa

fluke

2 [fluːk] N (Zool) → trematodo m (Fishing) especie de platija

fluke

[ˈfluːk] ncoup m de veine
by fluke → par un coup de chance extraordinaire

fluke

1
n (inf)Dusel m (inf), → Schwein nt (inf); by a flukedurch Dusel (inf); it was a (pure) flukedas war (einfach) Dusel (inf)

fluke

2
n (Naut) → Flunke m; (of a whale’s tail)Fluke f; (Fishing: = flounder) → Flunder f; (Zool: = flatworm) → Plattwurm m

fluke

[fluːk] n (fam) → colpo di fortuna
by a fluke → per puro caso

fluke

(fluːk) noun
a chance success. Passing the exam was a fluke – I had done no work.

fluke

n. duela, gusano de la orden Trematoda;
blood ______ sanguínea;
intestinal ______ intestinal;
liver ______ hepática;
lung ______ pulmonar.

fluke

n duela, (tipo de) gusano plano parásito; liver — duela del hígado
References in classic literature ?
The boats were here hailed, to tow the whale on the larboard side, where fluke chains and other necessaries were already prepared for securing him.
but an anchor on a man’s shoulder; and here’s the other fluke down his back, maybe a little too close, which signifies that the lad has got under way and left his moorings.
I only got the money for that"--he patted the stuff--"by a pure fluke.
It emerged at once bearing on one fluke, with a ridiculous air of fastidious selection, a small child's chair, and pursued by a maddened shopman.
I had to keep guessing at the channel; I had to discern, mostly by inspiration, the signs of hidden banks; I watched for sunken stones; I was learning to clap my teeth smartly before my heart flew out, when I shaved by a fluke some infernal sly old snag that would have ripped the life out of the tin-pot steamboat and drowned all the pilgrims; I had to keep a look-out for the signs of dead wood we could cut up in the night for next day's steaming.
Your - shall we say capture, was by way of being a gigantic fluke.
Then," said Raffles, "it was the kind of fluke I always trusted you to make when runs were wanted.
For old Ewbank hadn't quite appreciated me till then; he was a hard nut, a much older man than myself, and I felt pretty sure he thought me young for the place, and my supposed feat a fluke.
But come, it's getting dreadful late, you had better be turning flukes --it's a nice bed: Sal and me slept in that ere bed the night we were spliced.
The honest, rough piece of iron, so simple in appearance, has more parts than the human body has limbs: the ring, the stock, the crown, the flukes, the palms, the shank.
They left him regarding the weed-hung flukes of the little anchor with big, pathetic blue eyes, and thanking them profusely.
Together we hove up the rope till the anchor I came in sight with the sturgeon line caught across one of the flukes.