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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A device formerly used in Europe and New England for punishment, consisting of a chair in which an offender was tied and ducked into water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A chair used to punish women, especially scolds, by ducking them in water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a stool or chair in which common scolds were formerly tied, and plunged into water, as a punishment. See Cucking stool. The practice of ducking began in the latter part of the 15th century, and prevailed until the early part of the 18th, and occasionally as late as the 19th century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stool or chair in which common scolds were formerly tied and plunged into water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which offenders were ducked in water

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