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Definition of buck:

  1. A frame on which firewood is sawed; a sawhorse; a sawbuck.
  2. A gay, dashing young fellow; a fop; a dandy.
  3. A male Indian or negro.
  4. Lye or suds in which cloth is soaked in the operation of bleaching, or in which clothes are washed.
  5. The beech tree.
  6. The cloth or clothes soaked or washed.
  7. The male of deer, especially fallow deer and antelopes, or of goats, sheep, hares, and rabbits.
  8. To break up or pulverize, as ores.
  9. To copulate, as bucks and does.
  10. To soak, steep, or boil, in lye or suds; - a process in bleaching.
  11. To spring with quick plunging leaps, descending with the fore legs rigid and the head held as low down as possible; - said of a vicious horse or mule.
  12. To subject to a mode of punishment which consists in tying the wrists together, passing the arms over the bent knees, and putting a stick across the arms and in the angle formed by the knees.
  13. To throw by bucking. See Buck, v. i., 2.
  14. To wash ( clothes) in lye or suds, or, in later usage, by beating them on stones in running water.


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