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  1. One quarter of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts.
    They picked a of wheat.
  2. A great deal; a large or excessive quantity.
    She figured most children probably ate a of dirt before they turned ten.
  3. A short kiss.
    I greeted him with a quick on the cheek.
    1. To strike or pierce with the beak or bill (of a bird) or similar instrument.
      The birds pecked at their food.
    2. To do something in small, intermittent pieces.
      He has been pecking away at that project for some time now.
      1. (archaic) To type.

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