flock·​ing | \ ˈflä-kiŋ How to pronounce flocking (audio) \

Definition of flocking

: a design in flock

Examples of flocking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Last Duel grossed $2.1 million (-57%) in its second weekend, with grown-ups flocking to Dune, Halloween Kills or No Time to Die over the acclaimed but non-escapist Ridley Scott medieval epic. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 In 1986, programmer Craig Reynolds made a three-dimensional flocking algorithm, which played out in an early computer animation. Tom Mcnamara, Popular Science, 3 Dec. 2020 Trees with flocking are not compostable and must be scheduled for bulky item pick-up. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 31 Dec. 2020 Ancient Romans said the gods guided flocking birds. Tom Mcnamara, Popular Science, 3 Dec. 2020 Services include delivery for a fee, snow flocking and flame proofing. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2020 In the absence of clear signals, our brains use information about the crowd to infer appropriate actions, similar to the behavior of schooling fish and flocking birds. Filippo Menczer, Scientific American, 20 Nov. 2020 This will catch any flocking that may fall off the wreath. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Nov. 2020 Once the needles are damp, sprinkle the flocking onto the tree. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of flocking

circa 1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flocking was circa 1874

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“Flocking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flocking. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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