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oak

[ohk] /oʊk/
noun
1.
any tree or shrub belonging to the genus Quercus, of the beech family, bearing the acorn as fruit.
2.
the hard, durable wood of such a tree, used in making furniture and in construction.
3.
the leaves of this tree, especially as worn in a chaplet.
4.
anything made of the wood of this tree, as an item of furniture, a door, etc.
Idioms
5.
sport one's oak, British. (of a university student) to indicate that one is not at home to visitors by closing the outer door of one's lodgings.
Origin of oak
900
before 900; Middle English ook, Old English āc; cognate with Dutch eik, German Eiche
Related forms
oaklike, adjective
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  • John Sargent and Maria had long since disappeared from under the oak.

    The Portion of Labor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • With gun in hand he crept up to the nearest window of the oak Parlour.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • With a sigh of resignation she sat down on the oak seat just outside the office window to wait.

  • It has something to do with the old cabinet in the oak Parlour.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • Never a hint of red warms this oak of the swamps, even when planted as a street or park tree in well-drained ground.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
British Dictionary definitions for oak

oak

/əʊk/
noun
1.
any deciduous or evergreen tree or shrub of the fagaceous genus Quercus, having acorns as fruits and lobed leaves See also holm oak, cork oak, red oak, Turkey oak, durmast related adjective quercine
2.
  1. the wood of any of these trees, used esp as building timber and for making furniture
  2. (as modifier): an oak table
3.
any of various trees that resemble the oak, such as the poison oak, silky oak, and Jerusalem oak
4.
  1. anything made of oak, esp a heavy outer door to a set of rooms in an Oxford or Cambridge college
  2. sport one's oak, to shut this door as a sign one does not want visitors
5.
the leaves of an oak tree, worn as a garland
6.
the dark brownish colour of oak wood
7.
(Austral) any of various species of casuarina, such as desert oak, swamp oak, or she-oak
Word Origin
Old English āc; related to Old Norse eik, Old High German eih, Latin aesculus
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Word Origin and History for oak
n.

Old English ac "oak tree," from Proto-Germanic *aiks (cf. Old Norse eik, Old Saxon and Old Frisian ek, Middle Dutch eike, Dutch eik, Old High German eih, German Eiche), of uncertain origin with no certain cognates outside Germanic.

The usual Indo-European base for "oak" (*derwo-/*dreu-) has become Modern English tree. Used in Biblical translations to render Hebrew elah (probably usually "terebinth tree") and four other words. The Old Norse form was eik, but as there were no oaks in Iceland the word came to be used there for "tree" in general.

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Slang definitions & phrases for oak

oak

Related Terms

ok

ok

adjective

  1. Agreeable; copacetic: He made an OK decision
  2. Acceptable but not excellent; satisfactory: The play's okay, but I still prefer the book
  3. Good; excellent: He had worked with Sergeant Boone before and knew he was an okay guy

adverb

Right; that's understood, let's get on: So I told you about that, okay, so the next thing was he jumped the fence

affirmation

Yes; I agree; I accept that; I will do that

affirmation,question

Is that all right? is that understood? COPPISH: I'm going now, okay?

[1839+; origin uncertain and the subject of essay after essay; Allen Walker Read is the great authority and has shown that the locution began as a bumpkin-imitating game among New York and Boston writers in the early 1800s, who used OK for ''oll korrect'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for oak

OAK

1.
Metropolitan Oakland [CA] International Airport
2.
Oakland Athletics
3.
Oakland Raiders
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oak in the Bible

There are six Hebrew words rendered "oak." (1.) 'El occurs only in the word El-paran (Gen. 14:6). The LXX. renders by "terebinth." In the plural form this word occurs in Isa. 1:29; 57:5 (A.V. marg. and R.V., "among the oaks"); 61:3 ("trees"). The word properly means strongly, mighty, and hence a strong tree. (2.) 'Elah, Gen. 35:4, "under the oak which was by Shechem" (R.V. marg., "terebinth"). Isa. 6:13, A.V., "teil-tree;" R.V., "terebinth." Isa. 1:30, R.V. marg., "terebinth." Absalom in his flight was caught in the branches of a "great oak" (2 Sam. 18:9; R.V. marg., "terebinth"). (3.) 'Elon, Judg. 4:11; 9:6 (R.V., "oak;" A.V., following the Targum, "plain") properly the deciduous species of oak shedding its foliage in autumn. (4.) 'Elan, only in Dan. 4:11,14,20, rendered "tree" in Nebuchadnezzar's dream. Probably some species of the oak is intended. (5.) 'Allah, Josh. 24:26. The place here referred to is called Allon-moreh ("the oak of Moreh," as in R.V.) in Gen. 12:6 and 35:4. (6.) 'Allon, always rendered "oak." Probably the evergreen oak (called also ilex and holm oak) is intended. The oak woods of Bashan are frequently alluded to (Isa. 2:13; Ezek. 27:6). Three species of oaks are found in Palestine, of which the "prickly evergreen oak" (Quercus coccifera) is the most abundant. "It covers the rocky hills of Palestine with a dense brushwood of trees from 8 to 12 feet high, branching from the base, thickly covered with small evergreen rigid leaves, and bearing acorns copiously." The so-called Abraham's oak at Hebron is of this species. Tristram says that this oak near Hebron "has for several centuries taken the place of the once renowned terebinth which marked the site of Mamre on the other side of the city. The terebinth existed at Mamre in the time of Vespasian, and under it the captive Jews were sold as slaves. It disappeared about A.D. 330, and no tree now marks the grove of Mamre. The present oak is the noblest tree in Southern Palestine, being 23 feet in girth, and the diameter of the foliage, which is unsymmetrical, being about 90 feet." (See HEBRON ØT0001712; TEIL-TREE ØT0003597.)

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