Dictionary: SUC'COR-ING – SUCK'LE

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Assisting; relieving.


Destitute of help or relief. – Thomson.


A plant of the genus Cichorium.


In America, green maiz and beans boiled together. The dish, as well as the name, is borrowed from the native Indians.

SUC'CU-BA, or SUC'CU-BUS, n. [L. sub and cubo.]

A pretended kind of demon. – Mir. for Mag.

SUC'CU-LENCE, or SUC'CU-LEN-CY, n. [See Succulent.]

Juiciness; as, the succulence of a peach.

SUC'CU-LENT, a. [Fr.; L. succulentus, from succus, juice.]

Full of juice; juicy. Succulent plants are such as have a juicy and soft stem, as distinguished from such as are ligneous, hard and dry. Thus the grasses are succulent herbs, as are peas, beans and the like.



SUC-CUMB', v.i. [L. succumbo; sub and cumbo, cubo, to lie down.]

  1. To yield; to submit; as, to succumb to a foreign power.
  2. To yield; to sink unresistingly; as, to succumb under calamities.


Yielding; submitting; sinking.

SUC-CUS-SA'TION, n. [L. succusso, to shake.]

  1. A trot or trotting. – Brown.
  2. A shaking; succussion.

SUC-CUS'SION, n. [L. succussio, from succusso, to shake; sub and quasso.]

  1. The act of shaking; a shake.
  2. In medicine, an ague; a shaking.

SUCH, a. [It is possible that this word may be a contraction of Sax. swelc, swylc, G. solch, D. zolk. More probably it is the Russ. sitze, sitzev, our vulgar sichy, or the old Scotch sich. Qu. L. sic.]

  1. Of that kind; of the like kind. We never saw such a day; we have never had such a time as the present. It has as before the thing to which it relates. Give your children such precepts as tend to make them wiser and better. It is to be noted that the definitive adjective a, never precedes such, but is placed between it and the noun to which it refers; as, such a man; such an honor.
  2. The same that. This was the state of the kingdom at such time as the enemy landed.
  3. The same as what has been mentioned. That then art happy, owe to God; / That thou continu'st such, owe to thyself. – Milton.
  4. Referring to what has been specified. I have commanded my servant to be at such a place.
  5. Such and such, is used in reference to a person or place of a certain kind. The sovereign authority may enact a law, commanding such and such an action. – South.

SUCK, n.

  1. The act of drawing with the mouth. – Boyle.
  2. Milk drawn from the breast by the mouth. – Shak.

SUCK, v.i.

  1. To draw by exhausting the air, as with the mouth, or with a tube.
  2. To draw the breast; as, a child, or the young of an animal, is first nourished by sucking.
  3. To draw in; to imbibe. – Bacon.

SUCK, v.t. [Sax. sucan, succan; G. saugen; D. zuigen; Sw. suga; Dan. suer, contracted; Ir. sagham; W. sugaw; L. sugo; Fr. sucer; It. succiare, succhiare; Sp. and Port. sacar, to draw out.]

  1. To draw with the mouth; to draw out, as a liquid from a cask, or milk from the breast; to draw into the mouth. To suck is to exhaust the air of the mouth or of a tube; the fluid then rushes into the mouth or tube by means of the pressure of the surrounding air.
  2. To draw milk from with the mouth; as, the young of an animal sucks the mother or dam, or the breast.
  3. To draw into the mouth; to imbibe; as, to suck in air; to suck the juice of plants.
  4. To draw or drain. Old ocean suck'd through the porous globe. – Thomson.
  5. To draw in, as a whirlpool; to absorb. – Dryden.
  6. To inhale. To suck in, to draw into the mouth; to imbibe; to absorb. To suck out, to draw out with the mouth; to empty by suction. To suck up, to draw into the mouth.

SUCK'ED, pp.

Drawn with the mouth, or with an instrument that exhausts the air; imbibed; absorbed.

SUCK'ER, n.1

  1. He or that which draws with the mouth.
  2. The embolus or piston of a pump. – Boyle.
  3. A pipe through which any thing is drawn. – Philips.
  4. The shoot of a plant from the roots or lower part of the stem; so called perhaps from its drawing its nourishment from the root or stem.
  5. A fish, called also remora; also, a name of the Cyclopterus or lump-fish. – Dict. Nat. Hist.
  6. The name of a common river fish in New England; a species of Catostomus.

SUCK'ER, n.2

A cant term for an inhabitant of Illinois.

SUCK'ER, v.t.

To strip off shoots; to deprive of suckers; as to sucker maiz.


A sweetmeat for the mouth. – Cleaveland.

SUCK'ING, ppr.

Drawing with the mouth or with an instrument; imbibing; absorbing.


A bottle to be filled with milk for infants to suck instead of the pap. – Locke.


A teat. [Not in use.]

SUCK'LE, v.t.

To give suck to; to nurse at the breast. Romulus and Remus are fabled to have been suckled by a wolf.