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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cock \Cock\ (k[o^]k), n. [AS. coc; of unknown origin, perh. in imitation of the cry of the cock. Cf. Chicken.] 1. The male of birds, particularly of gallinaceous or domestic fowls. [1913 Webster] 2. A vane in the shape of a cock; a weathercock. [1913 Webster] Drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A chief man; a leader or master. [Humorous] [1913 Webster] Sir Andrew is the cock of the club, since he left us. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. The crow of a cock, esp. the first crow in the morning; cockcrow. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. A faucet or valve. [1913 Webster] Note: Jonsons says, "The handle probably had a cock on the top; things that were contrived to turn seem anciently to have had that form, whatever was the reason." Skinner says, because it used to be constructed in forma crit[ae] galli, i.e., in the form of a cock's comb. [1913 Webster] 6. The style of gnomon of a dial. --Chambers. [1913 Webster] 7. The indicator of a balance. --Johnson. [1913 Webster] 8. The bridge piece which affords a bearing for the pivot of a balance in a clock or watch. --Knight. [1913 Webster] 9. a penis. [vulgar] [PJC] Ball cock. See under Ball. Chaparral cock. See under Chaparral. Cock and bull story, an extravagant, boastful story; a canard. Cock of the plains (Zool.) See Sage cock. Cock of the rock (Zool.), a South American bird (Rupicola aurantia) having a beautiful crest. Cock of the walk, a chief or master; the hero of the hour; one who has overcrowed, or got the better of, rivals or competitors. Cock of the woods. See Capercailzie. [1913 Webster]