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cock

1. the male of the domestic fowl
2. 
a. any other male bird
b. the male of certain other animals, such as the lobster
c. (as modifier): a cock sparrow

Cock

 

a closing device in which a movable closing part, shaped as a body of revolution, has an opening through which a stream of gas or liquid may pass. To close off the flow the closing part is rotated around its axis, which is perpendicular to the direction of flow. A cock consists of two main parts, a stationary body and a rotating plug.

Cocks may be classified according to the direction of the flow: straight cocks, with a direct flow; angle cocks, in which the flow is deflected by 90°; and three-way cocks, which provide arbitrary communication among three pipelines. In terms of the shape of the sealing surfaces, a distinction is made among conical, cylindrical, and ball cocks. Conical cocks are subdivided into stressed, gasket, and self-sealing cocks; cocks with a slide plug; and lubricated cocks. In stressed cocks the plug is pressed against the surface of the body by a nut; in gasket cocks the pressure is provided through the packing by a packing gland; and in self-sealing cocks the pressure either comes from the surrounding medium or is provided by a spring. Cocks with slide plugs are opened by raising the plug, rotating it through the required angle, and releasing it. In lubricated cocks the tightness of closure is provided by the lubricant, which fills the grooves in the surfaces of plug and body. Cylindrical cocks are easier to manufacture than conical cocks, since their surface does not require lapping and can easily be finished on a grinder. A distinction is made between cocks with metallic and elastic packing. Ball cocks have all the advantages of conical cocks, smaller dimensions, and lower weight, as well as better tightness. Their manufacture is much simpler than that of conical cocks.

REFERENCE

Sovremennye konstruktsii truboprovodnoi armatury. Moscow, 1970.

G. G. MIRZABEKOV

What does it mean when you dream about a cock?

Cocks as symbols have several different interpretations. One is the consistent daily “alarm clock” that greets the day. Cocks can also signify thankless tasks, overachievement, and aggressive pursuits of power. This may be the wake-up call the dreamer has been needing.

cock

[käk]
(engineering)
Any mechanism which starts, stops, or regulates the flow of liquid, such as a valve, faucet, or tap.
(vertebrate zoology)
The adult male of the domestic fowl and of gallinaceous birds.

cock

1. See faucet.

cock

watchful church-tower sitter. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 21]

cock

its crowing reminded Peter of his betrayal. [N.T.: John 18:27]

cock

Helios’s sacred bird; sacrificed to the sun in Mexico. [Rom. and Mex. Myth.: Leach, 239]
See: Sun

cock

crows at trespassers; morning call routs evil spirits. [Folklore: White, 150; Mercatante, 173–175]
See: Warning
References in classic literature ?
Here he stood in full relief against the sky, when the red- cap cocked his pistol and fired.
The doctor had been no less carefully armed and accoutered by his housekeeper, the vigilant Frau Ilsy, and sallied forth in his camlet robe by way of surcoat,[1] his black velvet cap under his cocked hat, a thick clasped book under his arm, a basket of drugs and dried herbs in one hand, and in the other the miraculous rod of divination.
The handsome young Emperor Alexander, in the uniform of the Horse Guards, wearing a cocked hat with its peaks front and back, with his pleasant face and resonant though not loud voice, attracted everyone's attention.
At this Cocky burst into such wild and fantastic shrieks of laughter that Michael, ears pricked, head cocked to one side, identified in the fibres of the laughter the fibres of the various voices he had just previously heard.
Jamie and Pokey were at once enrolled in the Cosey Corner Light Infantry a truly superb company, composed entirely of officers, all wearing cocked hats, carrying flags, waving swords, or beating drums.
Morgan, who had stopped and was intently watching the agitated chaparral, said nothing, but had cocked both barrels of his gun and was holding it in readiness to aim.
That evening, when Amelia came tripping into the drawing-room in a white muslin frock, prepared for conquest at Vauxhall, singing like a lark, and as fresh as a rose--a very tall ungainly gentleman, with large hands and feet, and large ears, set off by a closely cropped head of black hair, and in the hideous military frogged coat and cocked hat of those times, advanced to meet her, and made her one of the clumsiest bows that was ever performed by a mortal.
All this he thought, before he took Amelia's hand into his own, and as he let his cocked hat fall.
He was in the full bloom and pride of beadlehood; his cocked hat and coat were dazzling in the morning sun; he clutched his cane with the vigorous tenacity of health and power.
Mann sighed again: evidently to the satisfaction of the public character: who, repressing a complacent smile by looking sternly at his cocked hat, said,
Plates for a corresponding number of guests were warming behind the fender; and the guests themselves were warming before it: the chief and most important of whom appeared to be a stoutish gentleman in a bright crimson coat with long tails, vividly red breeches, and a cocked hat, who was standing with his back to the fire, and had apparently just entered, for besides retaining his cocked hat on his head, he carried in his hand a high stick, such as gentlemen of his profession usually elevate in a sloping position over the roofs of carriages.
Smauker, my lad, your fin,' said the gentleman with the cocked hat.