Definition of Drake

1. Noun. English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596).

Exact synonyms: Francis Drake, Sir Francis Drake
Generic synonyms: Admiral, Full Admiral, Navigator

2. Noun. Adult male of a wild or domestic duck.
Generic synonyms: Duck

Definition of Drake

1. n. The male of the duck kind.

2. n. A dragon.

3. n. Wild oats, brome grass, or darnel grass; -- called also drawk, dravick, and drank.

Definition of Drake

1. Proper noun. (surname from=Middle English dot=), notably of w:Francis Drake Francis Drake (1540-1596). ¹

2. Proper noun. (surnames male given name), transferred from the surname. ¹

3. Noun. A male duck. ¹

4. Noun. A mayfly used as fishing bait. ¹

5. Noun. A type of dragon. ¹

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Definition of Drake

1. a male duck [n -S]

Medical Definition of Drake

1. 1. The male of the duck kind. 2. [Cf. Dragon fly, under Dragon] The drake fly. "The drake will mount steeple height into the air." (Walton) Drake fly, a kind of fly, sometimes used in angling. "The dark drake fly, good in August." (Walton) Origin: Akin to LG. Drake, OHG. Antrache, anetrecho, G. Enterich, Icel. Andriki, Dan. Andrik, OSw. Andrak, andrage, masc, and fr. AS. Ened, fem, duck; akin to D. Eend, G. Ente, Icel. Ond, Dan. And, Sw. And, Lith. Antis, L. Anas, Gr. (for), and perh. Skr. Ati a water fowl. In English the first part of the word was lost. The ending is akin to E. Rich. Cf. Gulaund. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Drake

drake (current term)
drama critic
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Literary usage of Drake

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1857)
"“5 Item whate some or somes of monye did the snide Richarde drake or any other for ... “Item was not the snide money paled to the snide Richard drake in the ..."

2. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from Its Discovery to the Present by Joseph Sabin, Wilberforce Eames, Bibliographical Society of America, Robert William Glenroie Vail (1873)
"drake (JH) Thirty-Two Years of the Life of an Adventurer. ... By John H. drake, ... 20859 drake. The Culprit Fay and other Poems. By Joseph Rodman drake. ..."

3. American Book Prices Current by Katherine Kyes Leab, Daniel J Leab (1907)
"An drake, L., May 7, '07. (226) $4.00. 1783. Act laying an Impost of Two ... State of Rhode Island in General Assembly, June Session, drake, L., May 7, '07. ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature by John Lansing Wendell, New York (State). Supreme Court (1874)
"On the trial of the cause, the making of the note by drake, in the name of ... Wheeler testified, that he was not in partnership with drake at the tinte ..."

5. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"drake at Cadiz. For the first time the way for carrying out the project of ... In any case it could scarcely have been ready ; but on April 2 drake, ..."

6. The Bookman (1910)
"II NOYES'S "drake: AN ENGLISH EPIC"* The promise of English poetry centres to-day in Alfred Noyes. He has been its best hope already for some years; ..."

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