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a. A multitude; a throng.
b. The undistinguished crowd or ordinary run of persons or things.
2. People who are followers, not leaders.
a. A play in Rugby in which a mass of players gathers around a ball dropped by a tackled ball carrier, with each player attempting to gain possession of the ball by kicking it to a teammate.
b. The mass of players during such a play. Also called loose scrum.
[Middle English ruke, heap, probably of Scandinavian origin.]
v. rucked, ruck·ing, rucks
To make a fold in; crease.
To become creased.
A crease or pucker, as in cloth.
1. a large number or quantity; mass, esp of ordinary or undistinguished people or things
2. (General Sporting Terms) (in a race) a group of competitors who are well behind the leaders at the finish
3. (Rugby) rugby a loose scrum that forms around the ball when it is on the ground
4. (Australian Rules Football) Australian rules football the three players, two ruckmen and a rover, that do not have fixed positions but follow the ball closely
(Rugby) (intr) rugby to try to win the ball by advancing over it when it is on the ground, driving opponents backwards in the process
[C13 (meaning "heap of firewood"): perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hraukr rick1]
a wrinkle, crease, or fold
(usually foll by up) to become or make wrinkled, creased, or puckered
[C18: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse hrukka]
slang a fight
[C20: short for ruckus]
(Military) military slang a rucksack
1. a large number or quantity; mass.
2. the great mass of undistinguished or inferior persons or things.
[1175–1225; Middle English ruke, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian ruka in same senses; akin to rick]
1. a fold or wrinkle; crease.v.t., v.i.
2. to make or become creased or wrinkled.
[1780–90; < Old Norse hrukka a wrinkle]
Rucka large number; a crowd; a heap or pile; a rick or stack of hay or corn.
Examples: ruck of coal, 1483; of corn, 1610; of fortune, 1601; of fuel, 1459; of hay, 1725; of horses, 1856; of rich pearls and sparkling diamonds, 1601; of sheep and goats, 1657; of stones, 1828; of wheat, 1570.
Past participle: rucked
(loose scrum) Similar to a maul but with the ball being kicked on the ground; it must not be handled.
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|Noun||1.||ruck - a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things; "his brilliance raised him above the ruck"; "the children resembled a fairy herd"|
|2.||ruck - an irregular fold in an otherwise even surface (as in cloth)|
|Verb||1.||ruck - become wrinkled or drawn together; "her lips puckered"|
1. An enormous number of persons gathered together:
2. A very large number of things grouped together: