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NOUN (1)

1. national flag of the United Kingdom;
[syn: Union Jack, Union flag]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jack \Jack\ (j[a^]k), n. [F. Jacques James, L. Jacobus, Gr. ?, Heb. Ya 'aq[=o]b Jacob; prop., seizing by the heel; hence, a supplanter. Cf. Jacobite, Jockey.] [1913 Webster] 1. A familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John. [1913 Webster] You are John Rugby, and you are Jack Rugby. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. An impertinent or silly fellow; a simpleton; a boor; a clown; also, a servant; a rustic. "Jack fool." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Since every Jack became a gentleman, There 's many a gentle person made a Jack. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A popular colloquial name for a sailor; -- called also Jack tar, and Jack afloat. [1913 Webster] 4. 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; as: (a) A device to pull off boots. (b) A sawhorse or sawbuck. (c) A machine or contrivance for turning a spit; a smoke jack, or kitchen jack. (b) (Mining) A wooden wedge for separating rocks rent by blasting. (e) (Knitting Machine) A lever for depressing the sinkers which push the loops down on the needles. (f) (Warping Machine) A grating to separate and guide the threads; a heck box. (g) (Spinning) A machine for twisting the sliver as it leaves the carding machine. (h) A compact, portable machine for planing metal. (i) A machine for slicking or pebbling leather. (k) A system of gearing driven by a horse power, for multiplying speed. (l) A hood or other device placed over a chimney or vent pipe, to prevent a back draught. (m) In the harpsichord, an intermediate piece communicating the action of the key to the quill; -- called also hopper. (n) In hunting, the pan or frame holding the fuel of the torch used to attract game at night; also, the light itself. --C. Hallock. [1913 Webster] 5. A portable machine variously constructed, for exerting great pressure, or lifting or moving a heavy body such as an automobile 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. [1913 Webster] 6. The small bowl used as a mark in the game of bowls. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Like an uninstructed bowler who thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straight forward upon it. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 7. The male of certain animals, as of the ass. [1913 Webster] 8. (Zool.) (a) A young pike; a pickerel. (b) The jurel. (c) A large, California rock fish (Sebastodes paucispinus); -- called also boccaccio, and m['e]rou. (d) The wall-eyed pike. [1913 Webster] 9. A drinking measure holding half a pint; also, one holding a quarter of a pint. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 10. (Naut.) (a) 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. (b) 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. --R. H. Dana, Jr. [1913 Webster] 11. The knave of a suit of playing cards. 12. (pl.) A game played with small (metallic, with tetrahedrally oriented spikes) objects (the jacks(1950+), formerly jackstones) that are tossed, caught, picked up, and arranged on a horizontal surface in various patterns; in the modern American game, the movements are accompanied by tossing or bouncing a rubber ball on the horizontal surface supporting the jacks. same as jackstones. [PJC] 13. Money. [slang] [PJC] 14. Apple jack. [PJC] 15. Brandy. [PJC] Note: Jack is used adjectively in various senses. It sometimes designates something cut short or diminished in size; as, a jack timber; a jack rafter; a jack arch, etc. [1913 Webster] Jack arch, an arch of the thickness of one brick. Jack back (Brewing & Malt Vinegar Manuf.), a cistern which receives the wort. See under 1st Back. Jack block (Naut.), a block fixed in the topgallant or royal rigging, used for raising and lowering light masts and spars. Jack boots, boots reaching above the knee; -- worn in the 17 century by soldiers; afterwards by fishermen, etc. Jack crosstree. (Naut.) See 10, b, above. Jack curlew (Zool.), the whimbrel. Jack frame. (Cotton Spinning) See 4 (g), above. Jack Frost, frost or cold weather personified as a mischievous person. Jack hare, a male hare. --Cowper. Jack lamp, a lamp for still hunting and camp use. See def. 4 (n.), above. Jack plane, a joiner's plane used for coarse work. Jack post, one of the posts which support the crank shaft of a deep-well-boring apparatus. Jack pot (Poker Playing), the name given to the stakes, contributions to which are made by each player successively, till such a hand is turned as shall take the "pot," which is the sum total of all the bets. See also jackpot. Jack rabbit (Zool.), any one of several species of large American hares, having very large ears and long legs. The California species (Lepus Californicus), and that of Texas and New Mexico (Lepus callotis), have the tail black above, and the ears black at the tip. They do not become white in winter. The more northern prairie hare (Lepus campestris) has the upper side of the tail white, and in winter its fur becomes nearly white. Jack rafter (Arch.), in England, one of the shorter rafters used in constructing a hip or valley roof; in the United States, any secondary roof timber, as the common rafters resting on purlins in a trussed roof; also, one of the pieces simulating extended rafters, used under the eaves in some styles of building. Jack salmon (Zool.), the wall-eyed pike, or glasseye. Jack sauce, an impudent fellow. [Colloq. & Obs.] Jack shaft (Mach.), the first intermediate shaft, in a factory or mill, which receives power, through belts or gearing, from a prime mover, and transmits it, by the same means, to other intermediate shafts or to a line shaft. Jack sinker (Knitting Mach.), a thin iron plate operated by the jack to depress the loop of thread between two needles. Jack snipe. (Zool.) See in the Vocabulary. Jack staff (Naut.), a staff fixed on the bowsprit cap, upon which the jack is hoisted. Jack timber (Arch.), any timber, as a rafter, rib, or studding, which, being intercepted, is shorter than the others. Jack towel, a towel hung on a roller for common use. Jack truss (Arch.), in a hip roof, a minor truss used where the roof has not its full section. Jack tree. (Bot.) See 1st Jack, n. Jack yard (Naut.), a short spar to extend a topsail beyond the gaff. [1913 Webster] Blue jack, blue vitriol; sulphate of copper. Hydraulic jack, a jack used for lifting, pulling, or forcing, consisting of a compact portable hydrostatic press, with its pump and a reservoir containing a supply of liquid, as oil. Jack-at-a-pinch. (a) One called upon to take the place of another in an emergency. (b) An itinerant parson who conducts an occasional service for a fee. Jack-at-all-trades, one who can turn his hand to any kind of work. Jack-by-the-hedge (Bot.), a plant of the genus Erysimum (Erysimum alliaria, or Alliaria officinalis), which grows under hedges. It bears a white flower and has a taste not unlike garlic. Called also, in England, sauce-alone. --Eng. Cyc. Jack-in-office, an insolent fellow in authority. --Wolcott. Jack-in-the-bush (Bot.), a tropical shrub with red fruit (Cordia Cylindrostachya). Jack-in-the-green, a chimney sweep inclosed in a framework of boughs, carried in Mayday processions. Jack-of-the-buttery (Bot.), the stonecrop (Sedum acre). Jack-of-the-clock, a figure, usually of a man, on old clocks, which struck the time on the bell. Jack-on-both-sides, one who is or tries to be neutral. Jack-out-of-office, one who has been in office and is turned out. --Shak. Jack the Giant Killer, the hero of a well-known nursery story. Yellow Jack (Naut.), the yellow fever; also, the quarantine flag. See Yellow flag, under Flag. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Union \Un"ion\ (?; 277), n. [F., from L. unio oneness, union, a single large pearl, a kind of onion, fr. unus one. See One, and cf. Onion, Unit.] 1. The act of uniting or joining two or more things into one, or the state of being united or joined; junction; coalition; combination. [1913 Webster] Note: Union differs from connection, as it implies that the bodies are in contact, without an inter?ening body; whereas things may be connected by the in???vention of a third body, as by a cord or chain. [1913 Webster] 2. Agreement and conjunction of mind, spirit, will, affections, or the like; harmony; concord. [1913 Webster] 3. That which is united, or made one; something formed by a combination or coalition of parts or members; a confederation; a consolidated body; a league; as, the weavers have formed a union; trades unions have become very numerous; the United States of America are often called the Union. --A. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 4. A textile fabric composed of two or more materials, as cotton, silk, wool, etc., woven together. [1913 Webster] 5. A large, fine pearl. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] If they [pearls] be white, great, round, smooth, and weighty . . . our dainties and delicates here at Rome . . . call them unions, as a man would say "singular," and by themselves alone. --Holland. [1913 Webster] In the cup an union shall he throw, Richer than that which four successive kings In Denmark's crown have worn. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. A device emblematic of union, used on a national flag or ensign, sometimes, as in the military standard of Great Britain, covering the whole field; sometimes, as in the flag of the United States, and the English naval and marine flag, occupying the upper inner corner, the rest of the flag being called the fly. Also, a flag having such a device; especially, the flag of Great Britain. [1913 Webster] Note: The union of the United States ensign is a cluster of white stars, denoting the union of the States, and, properly, equal in number to that of the States, displayed on a blue field; the fly being composed of alternate stripes of red and white. The union of the British ensign is the three crosses of St. George, St. Andrew, and St. Patrick in combination, denoting the union of England, Scotland and Ireland, displayed on a blue field in the national banner used on shore, on a red, white, or blue field in naval ensigns, and with a white border or fly in the merchant service. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] 7. (Mach.) A joint or other connection uniting parts of machinery, or the like, as the elastic pipe of a tender connecting it with the feed pipe of a locomotive engine; especially, a pipe fitting for connecting pipes, or pipes and fittings, in such a way as to facilitate disconnection. [1913 Webster] 8. (Brewing) A cask suspended on trunnions, in which fermentation is carried on. [1913 Webster] Hypostatic union (Theol.) See under Hypostatic. Latin union. See under Latin. Legislative Union (Eng. Hist.), the union of Great Britain and Ireland, which took place Jan. 1, 1801. Union, or Act of Union (Eng. Hist.), the act by which Scotland was united to England, or by which the two kingdoms were incorporated into one, in 1707. Union by the first intention, or Union by the second intention. (Surg.) See To heal by the first intention, or To heal by the second intention, under Intention. Union down (Naut.), a signal of distress at sea made by reversing the flag, or turning its union downward. Union jack. (Naut.) See Jack, n., 10. Union joint. (Mech.) (a) A joint formed by means of a union. (b) A piece of pipe made in the form of the letter T. [1913 Webster] Syn: Unity; junction; connection; concord; alliance; coalition; combination; confederacy. Usage: Union, Unity. Union is the act of bringing two or more things together so as to make but one, or the state of being united into one. Unity is a state of simple oneness, either of essence, as the unity of God, or of action, feeling, etc., as unity of design, of affection, etc. Thus, we may speak of effecting a union of interests which shall result in a unity of labor and interest in securing a given object. [1913 Webster] One kingdom, joy, and union without end. --Milton. [1913 Webster] [Man] is to . . . beget Like of his like, his image multiplied. In unity defective; which requires Collateral love, and dearest amity. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

Union Jack n 1: national flag of the United Kingdom [syn: Union Jack, Union flag]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

40 Moby Thesaurus words for "Union Jack": Dannebrog, Jolly Roger, Old Glory, Star-Spangled Banner, Stars and Stripes, Union Flag, and blue, banderole, banner, banneret, black flag, blue ensign, bunting, burgee, coachwhip, colors, ensign, flag, gonfalon, gonfanon, guidon, house flag, jack, long pennant, merchant flag, national flag, oriflamme, pennant, pennon, pennoncel, red, red ensign, royal standard, signal flag, standard, streamer, swallowtail, tricolor, vexillum, white