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  1. a small worthless amount; "you don't know jack" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a man who serves as a sailor Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. lift with a jack, as of a car Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. male donkey Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. any of several fast-swimming predacious fishes of tropical to warm-temperate seas Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. tool for exerting pressure or lifting Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. small flag indicating a ship's nationality Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. game equipment consisting of one of several small objects picked up while bouncing a ball in the game of jacks Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. an electrical device consisting of a connector socket designed for the insertion of a plug Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. immense East Indian fruit resembling breadfruit of; its seeds are commonly roasted Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. hunt with a jacklight Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. lift with a special device; "jack up the car so you can change the tire" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. A large tree, the Artocarpus integrifolia, common in the East Indies, closely allied to the breadfruit, from which it differs in having its leaves entire. The fruit is of great size, weighing from thirty to forty pounds, and through its soft fibrous matter are scattered the seeds, which are roasted and eaten. The wood is of a yellow color, fine grain, and rather heavy, and is much used in cabinetwork. It is also used for dyeing a brilliant yellow. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. An impertinent or silly fellow; a simpleton; a boor; a clown; also, a servant; a rustic. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A popular colloquial name for a sailor; -- called also Jack tar, and Jack afloat. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. A mechanical contrivance, an auxiliary machine, or a subordinate part of a machine, rendering convenient service, and often supplying the place of a boy or attendant who was commonly called Jack Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A device to pull off boots. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A sawhorse or sawbuck. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A machine or contrivance for turning a spit; a smoke jack, or kitchen jack. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. A wooden wedge for separating rocks rent by blasting. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. A lever for depressing the sinkers which push the loops down on the needles. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. A grating to separate and guide the threads; a heck box. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. A machine for twisting the sliver as it leaves the carding machine. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. A compact, portable machine for planing metal. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. A machine for slicking or pebbling leather. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. A system of gearing driven by a horse power, for multiplying speed. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. A hood or other device placed over a chimney or vent pipe, to prevent a back draught. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. In hunting, the pan or frame holding the fuel of the torch used to attract game at night; also, the light itself. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. The small bowl used as a mark in the game of bowls. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. The male of certain animals, as of the ass. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. A young pike; a pickerel. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. The jurel. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. The wall-eyed pike. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. A drinking measure holding half a pint; also, one holding a quarter of a pint. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. The knave of a suit of playing cards. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. A coarse and cheap mediaeval coat of defense, esp. one made of leather. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. To hunt game at night by means of a jack. See 2d Jack, n., 4, n. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. To move or lift, as a house, by means of a jack or jacks. See 2d Jack, n., 5. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. A popular colloquial name for a sailor; - called also tar, and afloat. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. In the harpsichord, an intermediate piece communicating the action of the key to the quill; - called also hopper. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. A large, California rock fish (Sebastodes paucispinus); - called also boccaccio, and merou. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. A flag, containing only the union, without the fly, usually hoisted on a jack staff at the bowsprit cap; - called also union jack. The American jack is a small blue flag, with a star for each State. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. A bar of iron athwart ships at a topgallant masthead, to support a royal mast, and give spread to the royal shrouds; - called also jack crosstree. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. A pitcher or can of waxed leather; - called also black jack. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. A fish; called also a pike; in bowls, a small ball serving as a mark to be aimed at; the male of some animals; a leather cup or jug; timber cut short of its ususal length; a small flag used as a signal, bearing the same device as the union jack; the knave of cards, a leathern coat of armor; a name applied to various kinds of levers or mechanical labor saving devices; as, a jack screw, roasting-jack, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  49. To lift with a jack. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  50. Used as a familiar name or diminutive of John; a saucy or paltry fellow: a sailor: any instrument serving to supply the place of a boy or helper, as a bootjack for taking off boots, a contrivance for turning a spit, a screw for raising heavy weights: the male of some animals: a young pike: a support to saw wood on: a miner's wedge: a flag displayed from the bowsprit of a ship: a coat of mail. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  51. A nick-name of John; name given to various instruments to supply the place of a helper; small flag. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  52. A nickname for John, James, or Jacob. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. A handy tool. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. A diminutive of John; a saucy or paltry fellow; a sailor; any instrument that supplies the place of a boy, as a boot-jack; a portable machine for raising great weights through a small space; a contrivance to turn a spit; a young pike; a coat of mail; a pitcher of waxed leather; a small bowl thrown out for a mark to the bowlers; the male of certain animals; a horse or wooden frame on which wood or timber is sawed; the knave of cards; a flag, ensign, or colour, displayed from a staff on the end of a bowsprit. Jack of all trades, a person who can turn his hand to any kind of business. Jack by the hedge, a piant growing under hedges. Jack in a box, a plant; a large wooden male screw, turning in a female one; a figure made to start out of a box. Jack in office, one who assumes authority on account of his office. Jack of the clock-house, a little man that strikes the quarters in a clock. Jack with a lantern, an ignis fatuns, or will-o-the-wisp. Union Jack. See Union. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  55. A name applied as an expression of familiarity; any mechanical contrivance for replacing the personal service of an attendant; a screw for raising heavy weights; a contrivance to turn a spit; any timber cut short of its usual length; a flag or ensign; a sailor -usually in composition, as jack-tar; a prefix signifying male, as jack-ass. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  56. A homely substitute for a coat of mail; a short loose coat terminating at the waist. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  57. In the harpsichord, an intermediate piece communicating the action of the key to the quill; -- called also hopper. mso.anu.edu.au
  58. A portable machine variously constructed, for exerting great pressure, or lifting or moving a heavy body through a small distance. It consists of a lever, screw, rack and pinion, hydraulic press, or any simple combination of mechanical powers, working in a compact pedestal or support and operated by a lever, crank, capstan bar, etc. The name is often given to a jackscrew, which is a kind of jack. mso.anu.edu.au
  59. A large, California rock fish Sebastodes paucispinus; -- called also boccaccio, and merou. mso.anu.edu.au
  60. A flag, containing only the union, without the fly, usually hoisted on a jack staff at the bowsprit cap; -- called also union jack. The American jack is a small blue flag, with a star for each State. mso.anu.edu.au
  61. A bar of iron athwart ships at a topgallant masthead, to support a royal mast, and give spread to the royal shrouds; -- called also jack crosstree. mso.anu.edu.au
  62. A pitcher or can of waxed leather; -- called also black jack. mso.anu.edu.au
  63. jak, n. used as a familiar name or diminutive of John: a saucy or paltry fellow: a sailor: any instrument serving to supply the place of a boy or helper, as a bootjack for taking off boots, a contrivance for turning a spit (smoke-jack, roasting-jack), a screw for raising heavy weights, a figure which strikes the bell in clocks: the male of some animals: a young pike: a support to saw wood on: a miner's wedge: a flag displayed from the bowsprit of a ship: a leather pitcher or bottle: a coat of mail: (coll.) a knave in cards: the small white ball that forms the aim in bowls.--ns. JACK'-A-DAN'DY, a dandy or fop, esp. if diminutive; JACK'-A-LAN'TERN, the ignis fatuus or Will-o'-the-Wisp; JACK'-A-LENT' (Shak.), a boy (for JACK OF LENT, a kind of puppet formerly thrown at in sport at Lent); JACK'-BLOCK, a block of pulleys used for raising and lowering topgallant-masts.--n.pl. JACK'BOOTS, large boots reaching above the knee, to protect the leg, formerly worn by cavalry, and covered with plates of iron.--ns. JACK'-CROSS'-TREE, the cross-tree at the head of a topgallant-mast; JACK'-FLAG, a flag which is hoisted at the spritsail topmast-head; JACK'-FOOL, an absolute ass; JACK'-IN-OFF'ICE, a conceited and impertinent official; JACK'-IN-THE-BOX', a box with a figure in it that springs up when the lid is lifted; JACK'-IN-THE-GREEN', a May-day chimney-sweep almost covered up with green shrubs; JACK'-KNIFE, a large clasp-knife; JACK'-MAN, a soldier armed with a jack or coat of mail: a retainer; JACK'-NAS'TY, a sneak, a sloven; JACK'-OF-ALL'-TRADES, one who can turn his hand to anything; JACK'-PLANE, a large, strong plane used by joiners; JACK'-PUDD'ING, a merry-andrew, buffoon; JACK'-RABB'IT, one of several species of prairie-hares, with very long ears and legs; JACK'-RAFT'ER, a rafter, shorter than the rest, used in hip-roofs; JACK'-SAUCE (Shak.), a saucy fellow; JACK'-SCREW, a screw for raising heavy weights; JACK'-SLAVE (Shak.), a low servant, a vulgar fellow; JACK'-SMITH, a smith who makes jacks for the kitchen; JACK'-SNIPE, a small species of snipe; JACK'-STAFF, the staff on which the jack is hoisted.--n.pl. JACK'-STAYS, ropes or strips of wood or iron stretched along the yards of a ship to bind the sails to.--ns. JACK'-STRAW, a straw effigy, a low servile fellow; JACK'-TAR, a sailor; JACK'-TOWEL, a long endless towel passing over a roller.--JACK FROST, frost personified as a mischievous fellow; JACK KETCH, a public hangman--from one so named under James II.; JACK SPRAT, a diminutive fellow.--CHEAP JACK (see CHEAP); EVERY MAN JACK, one and all; YELLOW JACK (slang), yellow fever. [Fr. Jacques, the most common name in France, hence used as a substitute for John, the most common name in England; but it is really=James or Jacob--L. Jacobus.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  64. JAK, jak, n. a tree of the East Indies of the same genus as the bread-fruit tree. [Port. jaka--Malay tsjaka.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  65. (J-) familiar form of name John, esp. as type of the common people, as J. & GILL; every man j., every individual; =j.-tar; labourer, man who does odd jobs, &c.; CHEAP J.; STEEPLE-j.; (Cards) knave; machine for turning spit in roasting meat; machine for lifting heavy weights; (also carriage-j.) machine for lifting axle off ground while cleaning wheel; BOOT -j.; parts of various machines &c.; pike, esp. young or small one; J. Frost. frost personified; before you could say J. Robinson, very quickly or suddenly; J.-a-dandy, dandy; jackass, male ass, dolt, blockhead; laughing jackass, Giant Kingfisher of Australia; j.-boot, large boot coming above knee, worn by fishermen &c.; jackdaw, daw; J. in office, consequential petty official; j.-in-the-box, toy figure that springs out of box when lid is raised, (also) kind of firework; J.-in-the-green, man or boy enclosed in framework covered with leaves in May-day sports; J.Ketch, common hangman; j.-knife, large clasp-knife for the pocket; J. of all trades, one who can turn his hand to anything; j.-o-lantern, will o\'-the-wisp (often fig.); j.-plane (for coarse work); j.-pudding, buffoon, clown; j.-snipe (small species); j.-tar, common sailor; j.-towel (endless, hung from roller). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  66. Hoist with jack: ruin; j. up, abandon (attempt &c. or abs.). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  67. Ship\'s flag, smaller than ensign, esp. one flown from j.-staff at bow, indicating nationality, as British, French, j.; UNION J. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  68. (archaic). Foot-soldier\'s sleeveless tunic; (also black j.) vessel for liquor, usu. of waxed leather coated with tar &c. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  69. English-Ind. fruit, like bread-fruit but coarser. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  70. (Ichth.) A pike, Esox lucius, under three pounds weight. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  71. (Naut.) See Flag. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  72. A nickname or diminutive of John ;—a saucy or, paltry fellow; an upstart; —a playing card marked with the figure of a servant ; the knave; —a sailor; a tar;—a menial; a lad; an instrument to pull off boots ; boot-jack ;—a portable machine for raising heavy weights to a small height, consisting of an endless screw working into a worm wheel, and turned by a handle or winch ;— a small engine for turning a kitchen spit;— the male of certain animals ;— leathern cup or drinking horn ; — a small bowl thrown out as a mark to the bowlers ; a tee, (Norman French, German] A coat of mail ; a jerkin or buff coat worn over armour. [Caribbean] A tree, or the fruit of a tree, allied to the bread fruittree;— an ensign, pennon, or flag. Union Jack, the British naval colours, composed of a field of blue, bearing St. George’s cross and St. Andrew’s, both of which are red, with a margin of white ; in the yacht or merchant service the field is red. Cabinet Dictionary
  73. The diminutive of John; the name of instruments which supply the place of a boy, as an instrument to pull off boots; an engine which turns the spit; a young pike; a cup of waxed leather; a small bowl thrown out for a mark to the bowlers; a part of the musical instrument called a virginal; the male of some animals; a support to saw wood on; the colours or ensign of a ship; a cunņing fellow. Complete Dictionary

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