Definition of Pluck

v. t.1.To pull; to draw.
[imp. & p. p. Plucked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Plucking.]
Its own nature . . . plucks on its own dissolution.
- Je . Taylor.
2.Especially, to pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off or out from something, with a twitch; to twitch; also, to gather, to pick; as, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes.
I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude.
- Milton.
E'en children followed, with endearing wile,
And plucked his gown to share the good man's smile.
- Goldsmith.
3.To strip of, or as of, feathers; as, to pluck a fowl.
They which pass by the way do pluck her.
- Ps. lxxx. 2.
4.(Eng. Universities) To reject at an examination for degrees.
To pluck away
to pull away, or to separate by pulling; to tear away.
To pluck down
to pull down; to demolish; to reduce to a lower state.
to pluck off
to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin.
to pluck up
a - To tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluck up a nation
b - To gather up; to summon; as, to pluck up courage.
- Jer. xii. 17.
v. i.1.To make a motion of pulling or twitching; - usually with at; as, to pluck at one's gown.
n.1.The act of plucking; a pull; a twitch.
2.The heart, liver, and lights of an animal.
3.Spirit; courage; indomitable resolution; fortitude.
Decay of English spirit, decay of manly pluck.
- Thackeray.
4.The act of plucking, or the state of being plucked, at college. See Pluck, v. t., 4.
5.(Zool.) The lyrie.

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