Definitions for jackdʒæk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jackdʒæk(n.)

  1. any of various portable devices for raising or lifting heavy objects short heights, using various mechanical, pneumatic, or hydraulic methods:

    an automobile jack.

    Category: Machinery

  2. Category: Games

    Ref: Also called knave. 2

  3. a connecting device in an electrical circuit designed for the insertion of a plug:

    a telephone jack.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  4. (cap.) Informal. fellow; buddy; man (usu. used in addressing a stranger).

    Category: Informal

  5. one of a set of small, six-pointed metal objects or pebbles used in the game of jacks. jacks, (used with a sing. v.) a children's game in which these objects are tossed and gathered, usu. while bouncing a rubber ball.

    Category: Games

  6. any of several carangid fishes, esp. of the genus Caranx.

    Category: Ichthyology

  7. Slang. money.

    Category: Status (usage)

  8. a small flag flown at the bow of a vessel, usu. symbolizing its nationality.

    Category: Navy

  9. (cap.) a sailor.

    Category: Navy

  10. Ref: lumberjack. 1

  11. Ref: jackass (def. 1). 1

  12. Ref: jacklight

  13. Slang.anything at all; the least thing (usu. used in the negative):

    You don't know jack.

    Category: Status (usage)

  14. a device for turning a spit.

  15. a small, usu. white bowl or ball used as a mark for lawn bowlers to aim at.

    Category: Sport

  16. a young male salmon before its migration.

    Category: Ichthyology

  17. Falconry. the male of a kestrel, hobby, or esp. of a merlin.

    Category: Sport

  18. (v.t.)to lift or move (something) with or as if with a jack (usu. fol. by up):

    to jack up a car.

  19. to increase, raise, or accelerate (prices, wages, speed, etc.) (usu. fol. by up):

    to jack up rents.

    Category: Informal

  20. to boost the morale of; encourage (usu. fol. by up).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  21. to hunt or fish for with a jacklight.

  22. (v.i.)to hunt or fish with a jacklight.

  23. jack off,Vulgar Slang.to masturbate.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

  24. (adj.)Carpentry. having a height or length less than that of most of the others in a structure: jack rafter; jack truss.

    Category: Building Trades

Origin of jack:

1350–1400; ME Jakke used in addressing any male, esp. a social inferior, var. of Jakken, var. of Jankin,=JanJohn+-kin -kin

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jack, doodly-squat, diddly-squat, diddlysquat, diddly-shit, diddlyshit, diddly, diddley, squat, shit(noun)

    a small worthless amount

    "you don't know jack"

  2. mariner, seaman, tar, Jack-tar, Jack, old salt, seafarer, gob, sea dog(noun)

    a man who serves as a sailor

  3. laborer, manual laborer, labourer, jack(noun)

    someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor

  4. jackfruit, jak, jack(noun)

    immense East Indian fruit resembling breadfruit; it contains an edible pulp and nutritious seeds that are commonly roasted

  5. jack(noun)

    a small ball at which players aim in lawn bowling

  6. jack(noun)

    an electrical device consisting of a connector socket designed for the insertion of a plug

  7. jack, jackstones(noun)

    game equipment consisting of one of several small six-pointed metal pieces that are picked up while bouncing a ball in the game of jacks

  8. jack(noun)

    small flag indicating a ship's nationality

  9. jack, knave(noun)

    one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince

  10. jack(noun)

    tool for exerting pressure or lifting

  11. jack(noun)

    any of several fast-swimming predacious fishes of tropical to warm temperate seas

  12. jack, jackass(verb)

    male donkey

  13. jack, jack up(verb)

    lift with a special device

    "jack up the car so you can change the tire"

  14. jacklight, jack(verb)

    hunt with a jacklight

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. jack(noun)ʒæk

    a playing card with a picture of a prince

    the jack of clubs

Wiktionary

  1. jack(Verb)

    To hit (the ball) hard; especially, to hit (the ball) out of the field, producing a home run.

  2. Jack(Noun)

    Jack Daniel's, a brand of American whiskey.

  3. Origin: Short for Jack Tar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jack(noun)

    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

  2. Jack(noun)

    a familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John

  3. Jack(noun)

    an impertinent or silly fellow; a simpleton; a boor; a clown; also, a servant; a rustic

  4. Jack(noun)

    a popular colloquial name for a sailor; -- called also Jack tar, and Jack afloat

  5. Jack(noun)

    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

  6. Jack(noun)

    a device to pull off boots

  7. Jack(noun)

    a sawhorse or sawbuck

  8. Jack(noun)

    a machine or contrivance for turning a spit; a smoke jack, or kitchen jack

  9. Jack(noun)

    a wooden wedge for separating rocks rent by blasting

  10. Jack(noun)

    a lever for depressing the sinkers which push the loops down on the needles

  11. Jack(noun)

    a grating to separate and guide the threads; a heck box

  12. Jack(noun)

    a machine for twisting the sliver as it leaves the carding machine

  13. Jack(noun)

    a compact, portable machine for planing metal

  14. Jack(noun)

    a machine for slicking or pebbling leather

  15. Jack(noun)

    a system of gearing driven by a horse power, for multiplying speed

  16. Jack(noun)

    a hood or other device placed over a chimney or vent pipe, to prevent a back draught

  17. Jack(noun)

    in the harpsichord, an intermediate piece communicating the action of the key to the quill; -- called also hopper

  18. Jack(noun)

    in hunting, the pan or frame holding the fuel of the torch used to attract game at night; also, the light itself

  19. Jack(noun)

    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

  20. Jack(noun)

    the small bowl used as a mark in the game of bowls

  21. Jack(noun)

    the male of certain animals, as of the ass

  22. Jack(noun)

    a young pike; a pickerel

  23. Jack(noun)

    the jurel

  24. Jack(noun)

    a large, California rock fish (Sebastodes paucispinus); -- called also boccaccio, and merou

  25. Jack(noun)

    the wall-eyed pike

  26. Jack(noun)

    a drinking measure holding half a pint; also, one holding a quarter of a pint

  27. Jack(noun)

    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

  28. Jack(noun)

    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

  29. Jack(noun)

    the knave of a suit of playing cards

  30. Jack(noun)

    a coarse and cheap mediaeval coat of defense, esp. one made of leather

  31. Jack(noun)

    a pitcher or can of waxed leather; -- called also black jack

  32. Jack(verb)

    to hunt game at night by means of a jack. See 2d Jack, n., 4, n

  33. Jack(verb)

    to move or lift, as a house, by means of a jack or jacks. See 2d Jack, n., 5

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Jack

    a familiar form of John, the most widely spread of Christian names, and said to be derived from the French Jacques or, as others maintain, from Jankin, a distinctive form of Johan or John; Johnkin gives us Jock and Jockey; from its extreme commonness it has acquired that slightly contemptuous signification observable in such compounds as "every man Jack," "Jack-of-all-trades," "Jack-an-apes," and the name as applied to the knaves in playing-cards, and to the small white ball used as a mark in the game of bowls is an example of its transferred sense.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'jack' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1871

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'jack' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1703


Translations for jack

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

jack(noun)

an instrument for lifting up a motor car or other heavy weight

You should always keep a jack in the car in case you need to change a wheel.

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