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fluke

Noun

1 a stroke of luck [syn: good luck, good fortune]
2 a barb on a harpoon or arrow
3 flat blade-like projection on the arm of an anchor [syn: flue]
4 either of the two lobes of the tail of a cetacean
5 parasitic flatworms having external suckers for attaching to a host [syn: trematode, trematode worm]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A lucky or improbable occurrence, with the implication that the occurrence could not be repeated.
    The first goal was just a fluke.
  2. Either of the two lobes of a whale's or similar creature's tail.
    The dolphin had an open wound on the left fluke of its tail where the propeller had injured it.
  3. Any of the triangular blades at the end of an anchor, designed to catch the ground.
    The fluke of the anchor was wedged between two outcroppings of rock and could not be dislodged.
  4. A flounder.
    1949 The Origin of Medical Terms Henry Skinner
    The fluke or flounder is a flat fish and the parasitic worm was so-named from a fancied resemblance to the fish.
  5. A trematode; a parasitic flatworm of the trematoda class, related to the tapeworm.
    The man had become infected with flukes after eating a meal of raw fish.
  6. A metal hook on the head of certain staff weapons (such as a bill), made in various forms depending on function, whether used for grappling or to penetrate armour when swung at an opponent.
    The polearm had a wide, sharpened fluke attached to the central point.
  7. In general, an offshoot from a central piece.
    After casting the bronze statue, we filed down the flukes and spurs from the molding process.

Related terms

Translations

stroke of luck
lobe of whale's tail
anchor blade
parasitic flatworm
a metal hook on the head of certain staff weapons
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Verb

  1. In the context of "snooker": To obtain a successful outcome by pure chance from a bad shot.
    He fluked the other red into the middle pocket, despite the double kiss.

References

Extensive Definition

Fluke may refer to:
fluke in German: Fluke (Begriffsklärung)
fluke in Simple English: Fluke

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Chilopoda, Chordata, Echiuroidea, Ectoprocta, Entoprocta, Monoplacophora, Nemertinea, Phoronidea, accident, adventure, blessing, break, casualty, chance hit, contingency, contingent, fortuity, freak accident, hap, happening, happenstance, hazard, long odds, long shot, lucky break, lucky shot, lucky strike, run of luck, serendipity, streak of luck, stroke of luck, windfall
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