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[n] a United States dry measure equal to 8 quarts or 537.605 cubic inches
[n] a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 2 gallons
[n] (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty"
[v] bother persistently with trivial complaints; "She nags her husband all day long"
[v] eat like a bird
[v] eat by pecking at; of birds
[v] hit lightly with a picking motion
[v] kiss lightly

Misc. Definitions

\Peck\, n. [Perh. akin to pack; or, orig., an indefinite quantity, and fr. peck, v. (below): cf. also F. picotin a peak.]
1. The fourth part of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts; as, a peck of wheat. ``A peck of provender.'' --Shak.
2. A great deal; a large or excessive quantity. ``A peck of uncertainties and doubts.'' --Milton.
\Peck\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pecked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pecking}.] [See {Pick}, v.]
1. To strike with the beak; to thrust the beak into; as, a bird pecks a tree.
2. Hence: To strike, pick, thrust against, or dig into, with a pointed instrument; especially, to strike, pick, etc., with repeated quick movements.
3. To seize and pick up with the beak, or as with the beak; to bite; to eat; -- often with up. --Addison. This fellow pecks up wit as pigeons peas. --Shak.
4. To make, by striking with the beak or a pointed instrument; as, to peck a hole in a tree.
\Peck\, v. i.
1. To make strokes with the beak, or with a pointed instrument. --Carew.
2. To pick up food with the beak; hence, to eat. [The hen] went pecking by his side. --Dryden. {To peck at}, to attack with petty and repeated blows; to carp at; to nag; to tease.
\Peck\, n. A quick, sharp stroke, as with the beak of a bird or a pointed instrument.

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