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Duck vs. Swan

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Duckverb

(intransitive) To quickly lower the head or body in order to prevent it from being struck by something.

Swannoun

Any of various species of large, long-necked waterfowl, of genus Cygnus (bird family: Anatidae), most of which have white plumage.

Duckverb

(transitive) To quickly lower (the head) in order to prevent it from being struck by something.

Swannoun

(figuratively) One whose grace etc. suggests a swan.

Duckverb

(transitive) To lower (something) into water; to thrust or plunge under liquid and suddenly withdraw.

Swannoun

(heraldry) This bird used as a heraldic charge, sometimes with a crown around its neck (e. g. the arms of Buckinghamshire).

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Duckverb

(intransitive) To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to plunge one's head into water or other liquid.

Swanverb

To travel or move about in an aimless, idle, or pretentiously casual way.

Duckverb

(intransitive) To bow.

Swanverb

To declare (chiefly in first-person present constructions).

Duckverb

(transitive) To evade doing something.

Swannoun

Any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds belonging to Cygnus, Olor, and allied genera of the subfamily Cygninæ. They have a large and strong beak and a long neck, and are noted for their graceful movements when swimming. Most of the northern species are white. In literature the swan was fabled to sing a melodious song, especially at the time of its death.

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Duckverb

(transitive) To lower the volume of (a sound) so that other sounds in the mix can be heard more clearly.

Swannoun

Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of Avon.

Duckverb

To enter a place for a short moment.

‘I'm just going to duck into the loo for a minute, can you hold my bag?’;

Swannoun

The constellation Cygnus.

Ducknoun

An aquatic bird of the family Anatidae, having a flat bill and webbed feet.

Swannoun

stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult

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Ducknoun

Specifically, an adult female duck; contrasted with drake and with duckling.

Swanverb

to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true;

‘Before God I swear I am innocent’;

Ducknoun

(uncountable) The flesh of a duck used as food.

Swanverb

move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment;

‘The gypsies roamed the woods’; ‘roving vagabonds’; ‘the wandering Jew’; ‘The cattle roam across the prairie’; ‘the laborers drift from one town to the next’; ‘They rolled from town to town’;

Ducknoun

(cricket) A batsman's score of zero after getting out. (short for duck's egg, since the digit "0" is round like an egg.)

Swanverb

sweep majestically;

‘Airplanes were swanning over the mountains’;

Ducknoun

(slang) A playing card with the rank of two.

Swannoun

a large waterbird with a long flexible neck, short legs, webbed feet, a broad bill, and typically all-white plumage.

Ducknoun

A partly-flooded cave passage with limited air space.

Swanverb

move about or go somewhere in a casual, irresponsible, or ostentatious way

‘swanning around Europe nowadays are we?’;

Ducknoun

A building intentionally constructed in the shape of an everyday object to which it is related.

‘A luncheonette in the shape of a coffee cup is particularly conspicuous, as is intended of an architectural duck or folly.’;

Swan

Swans are birds of the family Anatidae within the genus Cygnus. The swans' closest relatives include the geese and ducks.

Ducknoun

A marble to be shot at with another marble (the shooter) in children's games.

Ducknoun

(US) A cairn used to mark a trail.

Ducknoun

One of the weights used to hold a spline in place for the purpose of drawing a curve.

Ducknoun

A tightly-woven cotton fabric used as sailcloth.

Ducknoun

(in plural) Trousers made of such material.

Ducknoun

A term of endearment; pet; darling.

‘And hold-fast is the only dog, my duck (William Shakespeare - The Life of King Henry the Fifth, Act 2, Scene 3).’;

Ducknoun

(Midlands) Dear, mate (informal way of addressing a friend or stranger).

‘Ay up duck, ow'a'tha?’;

Ducknoun

A pet; a darling.

Ducknoun

A linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric, finer and lighter than canvas, - used for the lighter sails of vessels, the sacking of beds, and sometimes for men's clothing.

Ducknoun

The light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates.

Ducknoun

Any bird of the subfamily Anatinæ, family Anatidæ.

Ducknoun

A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water.

‘Here be, without duck or nod,Other trippings to be trod.’;

Duckverb

To thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw.

‘Adams, after ducking the squire twice or thrice, leaped out of the tub.’;

Duckverb

To plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it; as, duck the boy.

Duckverb

To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion.

Duckverb

To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip.

‘In Tiber ducking thrice by break of day.’;

Duckverb

To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow.

‘The learned pateDucks to the golden fool.’;

Ducknoun

small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs

Ducknoun

(cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman

Ducknoun

flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)

Ducknoun

a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents

Duckverb

to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away;

‘Before he could duck, another stone struck him’;

Duckverb

submerge or plunge suddenly

Duckverb

dip into a liquid;

‘He dipped into the pool’;

Duckverb

avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues);

‘He dodged the issue’; ‘she skirted the problem’; ‘They tend to evade their responsibilities’; ‘he evaded the questions skillfully’;

Ducknoun

a waterbird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a waddling gait.

Ducknoun

a female duck.

Ducknoun

a duck as food

‘a tangy stew of duck, lamb, and sausage’;

Ducknoun

a pure white thin-shelled bivalve mollusc found off the Atlantic coasts of America.

Ducknoun

an amphibious transport vehicle

‘visitors can board an amphibious duck to explore the city’;

Ducknoun

a quick lowering of the head.

Ducknoun

dear; darling (used as an informal or affectionate form of address, especially among cockneys)

‘where've yer been, ducks!’; ‘it's time you changed, my duck’;

Ducknoun

a strong linen or cotton fabric, used chiefly for work clothes and sails

‘cotton duck’;

Ducknoun

trousers made of duck.

Ducknoun

a batsman's score of nought

‘he was out for a duck’;

Duckverb

lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow or missile or so as not to be seen

‘spectators ducked for cover’; ‘he ducked his head and entered’;

Duckverb

depart quickly

‘I thought I saw you duck out’;

Duckverb

avoid (a blow or missile) by moving quickly

‘he ducked a punch from an angry first baseman’;

Duckverb

evade or avoid (an unwelcome duty or undertaking)

‘a responsibility which a less courageous man might well have ducked’; ‘I was engaged twice and ducked out both times’;

Duckverb

push or plunge (someone) under water, either playfully or as a punishment

‘Rufus grabbed him from behind to duck him under the surface’;

Duckverb

refrain from playing a winning card on a particular trick for tactical reasons

‘declarer ducked the opening spade lead’;

Duck

Duck is the common name for numerous species of waterfowl in the family Anatidae. Ducks are generally smaller and shorter-necked than swans and geese, which are also members of the same family.

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