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Definition of "hawk" []

  • Any of various birds of prey of the order Falconiformes and especially of the genera Accipiter and Buteo, characteristically having a short hooked bill and strong claws adapted for seizing. (noun)
  • Any of various similar birds of prey. (noun)
  • A person who preys on others; a shark. (noun)
  • One who demonstrates an actively aggressive or combative attitude, as in an argument. (noun)
  • A person who favors military force or action in order to carry out foreign policy. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hawk" in a sentence
  • "_wild_ hawk, a _hawk unreclaimed_, or _irreclaimable_."
  • "Hawk catches a live animal The term hawk can be used in several ways: In strict usage in"
  • "Hawk catches a live animal The term hawk can be used in several ways: In strict usage in Europe and Asia, to mean any of the species in the subfamily"