hulks

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hulk \Hulk\, verb (used with an object) [Cf. MLG. holken to hollow out, Sw. h[*a]lka.] To take out the entrails of; to disembowel; as, to hulk a hare. [R.] --Beau. & Fl. Hulking

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hulk \Hulk\, noun [OE. hulke a heavy ship, AS. hulc a light, swift ship; akin to D. hulk a ship of burden, G. holk, OHG. holcho; perh. fr. LL. holcas, Gr. ?, prop., a ship which is towed, fr. ? to draw, drag, tow. Cf. {Wolf}, {Holcad}.]

1. The body of a ship or decked vessel of any kind; esp., the body of an old vessel laid by as unfit for service. "Some well-timbered hulk." --Spenser.

2. A heavy ship of clumsy build. --Skeat.

3. Anything bulky or unwieldly. --Shak.

{Shear hulk}, an old ship fitted with an apparatus to fix or take out the masts of a ship.

{The hulks}, old or dismasted ships, formerly used as prisons. [Eng.] --Dickens.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

hulk

noun

1: a very large person; impressive in size or qualities [syn: {giant}, {hulk}, {heavyweight}, {whale}]

2: a ship that has been wrecked and abandoned

verb

1: appear very large or occupy a commanding position; "The huge sculpture predominates over the fountain"; "Large shadows loomed on the canyon wall" [syn: {loom}, {tower}, {predominate}, {hulk}]


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