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Definition: lame duck
n : an elected official still in office but not slated to
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Definition: Lame duck
(l[=a]m), a. [Compar. Lamer
.] [OE. lame, AS. lama; akin to D. lam, G.
lahm, OHG., Dan., & Sw. lam, Icel. lami, Russ. lomate to
break, lomota rheumatism.]
(a) Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury,
defect, or temporary obstruction of a function; as, a
lame leg, arm, or muscle.
(b) To some degree disabled by reason of the imperfect
action of a limb; crippled; as, a lame man. “Lame of
--Arbuthnot. “Lame in both his feet.”
Sam. ix. 13. “He fell, and became lame.”
2. Hence, hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect; as, a
lame answer. “A lame endeavor.”
O, most lame and impotent conclusion! --Shak.
(a) (Stock Exchange), a person who can not fulfill his
(b) An elected politician who is completing a term after
having been defeated at an election; also, an office
holder who cannot or chooses not to run again for the
same office; -- So called from the presumed lack of
political power of one who is soon to be out of
(b) Any office holder who is serving out a term after a
replacement has been selected.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
, n. [OE. duke, doke. See Duck
, v. t. ]
1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily Anatin[ae]
Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided
into river ducks
and sea ducks
. Among the former
are the common domestic duck (Anas boschas
); the wood
duck (Aix sponsa
); the beautiful mandarin duck of
China (Dendronessa galeriliculata
); the Muscovy duck,
originally of South America (Cairina moschata
the sea ducks are the eider, canvasback, scoter, etc.
2. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the
person, resembling the motion of a duck in water.
Here be, without duck or nod,
Other trippings to be trod. --Milton.
(Zo["o]l.), a fish. See Bummalo
, Spirit duck
. See Buffel duck
(Zo["o]l.), a species of white ant in Jamaica
which builds large nests in trees.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Goose barnacle
(a) In the United States: The peregrine falcon.
(b) In England: The marsh harrier or moor buzzard.
(Zo["o]l.), a small aquatic mammal of Australia,
having webbed feet and a bill resembling that of a duck
). It belongs the subclass
Monotremata and is remarkable for laying eggs like a bird
or reptile; -- called also duckbill
, and water mole
To make ducks and drakes
, to throw a flat stone obliquely,
so as to make it rebound repeatedly from the surface of
the water, raising a succession of jets; hence:
To play at ducks and drakes
, with property, to throw it
away heedlessly or squander it foolishly and unprofitably.
. See under Lame