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beck1

[bek] /bɛk/
noun
1.
a gesture used to signal, summon, or direct someone.
2.
Chiefly Scot. a bow or curtsy of greeting.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3.
Archaic. beckon.
Idioms
4.
at someone's beck and call, ready to do someone's bidding; subject to someone's slightest wish:
He has three servants at his beck and call.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English becken, short variant of becnen to beckon

beck2

[bek] /bɛk/
noun, North England
1.
a brook, especially a swiftly running stream with steep banks.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English becc < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse bekkr; akin to Old English bece, Dutch beek, German Bach brook, MIr bual flowing water < Indo-European *bhog-lā

beck3

[bek] /bɛk/
verb (used with object), Metalworking.
1.
to form (a billet or the like) into a tire or hoop by rolling or hammering on a mandrel or anvil.
Origin
v. use of beck (noun), shortening of beck-iron, variant of bick-iron

Beck

[bek] /bɛk/
noun
1.
Dave, 1894–1993, U.S. labor leader: president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 1952–57.
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  • The stars were dancing, wheeling and glancing, dipping with smirk and beck.
  • Set boundaries with your students so that you are not at their beck and call.
  • As time goes by, he finds enormous satisfaction in living as his own master and at the beck and call of only his work.
  • beck, by contrast, is an alarmingly incoherent personality.
  • As things developed this function in birds was taken over by the beck as the brain had other things to do.
  • At the same time, he wanted the five-star hotel and the limo at his beck and call.
British Dictionary definitions for beck

beck1

/bɛk/
noun
1.
a nod, wave, or other gesture or signal
2.
at someone's beck and call, ready to obey someone's orders instantly; subject to someone's slightest whim
Word Origin
C14: short for becnen to beckon

beck2

/bɛk/
noun
1.
(in N England) a stream, esp a swiftly flowing one
Word Origin
Old English becc, from Old Norse bekkr; related to Old English bece, Old Saxon beki, Old High German bah brook, Sanskrit bhanga wave
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Word Origin and History for beck
n.

late 14c., "mute signal," from noun use of bekken (v.), variant of becnan "to beckon" (see beckon). Transferred sense of "slightest indication of will" is from late 15c.

v.

c.1300, shortening of beckon. (v.).

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