from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stack of hay, straw, or similar material, especially when covered or thatched for protection from the weather.
- transitive v. To pile into ricks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stack, stook or pile of grain, straw, hay etc., especially as protected with thatching.
- n. A stack of wood, especially cut to a regular length; also used as a measure of wood, typically four by eight feet.
- v. To heap up (hay, etc.) in ricks.
- v. slightly sprain or strain the neck, back, ankle etc.
- n. A brand new (naive) boot camp inductee.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stack or pile, as of grain, straw, or hay, in the open air, usually protected from wet with thatching.
- transitive v. To heap up in ricks, as hay, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A heap or pile; specifically, a pile of hay or grain, generally cylindrical, with the top rounded or conical, and sometimes thatched for protection from rain.
- n. Synonyms Shock, etc. See sheaf.
- To pile up in ricks.
- See wrick.
- n. In parts of the United States, applied only to an oblong-shaped pile.
- n. A pile of brushwood used in the concentration of weak brine from salt-wells, the brine being allowed to trickle over the pile with free exposure to the air.
- n. Along the coast from New England to Delaware, a mass of salt-marsh hay supported upon piles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. twist suddenly so as to sprain
- n. a stack of hay
- v. pile in ricks
- n. a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British)
Middle English reke, from Old English hrēac.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English hrēac, from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Dutch rook, Norwegian rauk, Swedish rök. (Wiktionary)
Middle English wricke (Wiktionary)
Abbreviated form from recruit (Wiktionary)