Definitions for TICKtɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a slight, sharp, recurring click, tap, or beat, as of a clock.

  2. Brit. Informal. a moment or instant.

    Category: British

  3. a small dot, mark, or electronic signal, as used to mark off an item on a list, serve as a reminder, or call attention to something.

    Category: Electronics, Common Vocabulary

  4. a movement in the price of a stock, bond, or option. the smallest possible tick on a given exchange.

    Category: Business

  5. a small contrasting spot of color on the coat of a mammal or the feathers of a bird.

    Category: Veterinary Science

  6. (v.i.)to emit a tick, like that of a clock.

  7. to pass as with ticks of a clock:

    The hours ticked by.

  8. (v.t.)to sound or announce by a tick or ticks:

    The clock ticked the minutes.

  9. to mark with a tick; check (usu. fol. by

    off): to tick off the items on the list.

  10. tick off, Slang. to make angry.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of tick:

1400–50; late ME tek little touch; akin to D tik a touch, pat, Norw tikka to touch


  1. any of numerous bloodsucking arachnids of the order Acarina, related to but larger than mites, having a barbed proboscis for attachment to the skin: some are disease vectors.

    Category: Invertebrates

Origin of tick:

bef. 900; ME teke, tyke, OE ticia (perh. sp. error for tiica (i.e. tīca) or ticca)


  1. the cloth case of a mattress, pillow, etc., containing hair, feathers, or the like.

  2. Ref: ticking

Origin of tick:

1425–75; late ME tikke, teke, tyke; cf. MD, MLG tēke, OHG ziahha, ziecha tick, pillowcase

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tick, ticking(noun)

    a metallic tapping sound

    "he counted the ticks of the clock"

  2. tick(noun)

    any of two families of small parasitic arachnids with barbed proboscis; feed on blood of warm-blooded animals

  3. check mark, check, tick(noun)

    a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.

    "as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name"

  4. tick(verb)

    a light mattress

  5. click, tick(verb)

    make a clicking or ticking sound

    "The clock ticked away"

  6. tick, ticktock, ticktack, beat(verb)

    make a sound like a clock or a timer

    "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight"

  7. tick, retick(verb)


    "tick a mattress"

  8. check, check off, mark, mark off, tick off, tick(verb)

    put a check mark on or near or next to

    "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items"; "mark off the units"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tick(verb)ɪk

    (of a clock) to make a short sound

    I could hear the clock ticking.

  2. tickɪk

    √ ) next to sth; = check

  3. tick(noun)ɪk

    the sound a clock makes

    the tick of the clock

  4. tickɪk

    √ ); = check

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tick(noun)

    credit; trust; as, to buy on, or upon, tick

  2. Tick(verb)

    to go on trust, or credit

  3. Tick(verb)

    to give tick; to trust

  4. Tick(noun)

    any one of numerous species of large parasitic mites which attach themselves to, and suck the blood of, cattle, dogs, and many other animals. When filled with blood they become ovate, much swollen, and usually livid red in color. Some of the species often attach themselves to the human body. The young are active and have at first but six legs

  5. Tick(noun)

    any one of several species of dipterous insects having a flattened and usually wingless body, as the bird ticks (see under Bird) and sheep tick (see under Sheep)

  6. Tick(noun)

    the cover, or case, of a bed, mattress, etc., which contains the straw, feathers, hair, or other filling

  7. Tick(noun)

    ticking. See Ticking, n

  8. Tick(verb)

    to make a small or repeating noise by beating or otherwise, as a watch does; to beat

  9. Tick(verb)

    to strike gently; to pat

  10. Tick(noun)

    a quick, audible beat, as of a clock

  11. Tick(noun)

    any small mark intended to direct attention to something, or to serve as a check

  12. Tick(noun)

    the whinchat; -- so called from its note

  13. Tick(verb)

    to check off by means of a tick or any small mark; to score


  1. Tick

    Ticks are small arachnids in the order Ixodida. Along with mites, they constitute the subclass Acarina. Ticks are ectoparasites, living by hematophagy on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. Ticks are vectors of a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, Q fever, Colorado tick fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, African tick bite fever, tularemia, tick-borne relapsing fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Tick paralysis and tick-borne meningoencephalitis, as well as bovine anaplasmosis.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. tick

    1. A jiffy (sense 1). 2. In simulations, the discrete unit of time that passes between iterations of the simulation mechanism. In AI applications, this amount of time is often left unspecified, since the only constraint of interest is the ordering of events. This sort of AI simulation is often pejoratively referred to as tick-tick-tick simulation, especially when the issue of simultaneity of events with long, independent chains of causes is handwaved. 3. In the FORTH language, a single quote character.

Translations for TICK

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a regular sound, especially that of a watch, clock etc.

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