What does TICK mean?

Definitions for TICK

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tick, tickingnoun

    a metallic tapping sound

    "he counted the ticks of the clock"

  2. ticknoun

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

  3. check mark, check, ticknoun

    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. tickverb

    a light mattress

  5. click, tickverb

    make a clicking or ticking sound

    "The clock ticked away"

  6. tick, ticktock, ticktack, beatverb

    make a sound like a clock or a timer

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

  7. tick, retickverb


    "tick a mattress"

  8. check, check off, mark, mark off, tick off, tickverb

    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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ticknoun

    Etymology: This word seems contracted from ticket, a tally on which debts are scored.

    If thou hast the heart to try’t,
    I’ll lend thee back thyself awhile,
    And once more for that carcase vile
    Fight upon tick. Hudibras, p. i.

    When the money is got into hands that have bought all that they have need of, whoever needs any thing else must go on tick, or barter for it. John Locke.

    You would see him in the kitchen weighing the beef and butter, paying ready money, that the maids might not run a tick at the market. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of John Bull.

    Would the fountain of your mind were clear again, that I might water an ass at it! I had rather be a tick in a sheep, than such a valiant ignorance. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

  2. To Tickverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The money went to the lawyers; council wont tick. Arb.


  1. Tick

    Ticks (order Ixodida) are parasitic arachnids that are part of the mite superorder Parasitiformes. Adult ticks are approximately 3 to 5 mm in length depending on age, sex, species, and "fullness". Ticks are external parasites, living by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. The timing of the origin of ticks is uncertain, though the oldest known tick fossils are from the Cretaceous period, around 100 million years old. Ticks are widely distributed around the world, especially in warm, humid climates. Ticks belong to two major families, the Ixodidae or hard ticks, and the Argasidae, or soft ticks. Nuttalliella, a genus of tick from southern Africa, is the only member of the family Nuttalliellidae, and represents the most primitive living lineage of ticks. Adults have ovoid/pear-shaped bodies (idiosomas) which become engorged with blood when they feed, and eight legs. Their cephalothorax and abdomen are completely fused. In addition to having a hard shield on their dorsal surfaces, known as the scutum, hard ticks have a beak-like structure at the front containing the mouthparts, whereas soft ticks have their mouthparts on the underside of their bodies. Ticks locate potential hosts by sensing odor, body heat, moisture, and/or vibrations in the environment.Ticks have four stages to their lifecycle, namely egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Ticks belonging to the Ixodidae family undergo either a one-host, two-host, or three-host lifestyle. Argasid ticks have up to seven nymphal stages (instars), each one requiring blood ingestion, Argasid ticks undergo a multihost lifestyle. Because of their hematophagous (blood-ingesting) diets, ticks act as vectors of many serious diseases that affect humans and other animals.


  1. tick

    A tick is a small, parasitic insect that feeds on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. It is known to carry and transmit diseases like Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and more. It can also refer to a unit of measure in various contexts such as time (a tick of a clock), computing (system tick), or trading (minimum price movement).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ticknoun

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

  2. Tickverb

    to go on trust, or credit

  3. Tickverb

    to give tick; to trust

  4. Ticknoun

    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. Ticknoun

    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. Ticknoun

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

  7. Ticknoun

    ticking. See Ticking, n

  8. Tickverb

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

  9. Tickverb

    to strike gently; to pat

  10. Ticknoun

    a quick, audible beat, as of a clock

  11. Ticknoun

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

  12. Ticknoun

    the whinchat; -- so called from its note

  13. Tickverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tick

    tik, n. the popular name for several acaridan arachnids which infest dogs, sheep, &c. [M. E. teke; Dut. teek, Ger. zecke.]

  2. Tick

    tik, n. the case or cover in which feathers, &c., are put for bedding.—ns. Tick′en, Tick′ing, the cloth of which ticks are made. [L. theca-Gr. thēkē, a case—tithēmi, I put.]

  3. Tick

    tik, v.i. to make a small, quick noise: to beat, as a watch.—ns. Tick′er, anything which ticks, a watch; Tick′-tack, a noise like that made by a clock: (Shak.) a game somewhat like backgammon—adv. with a recurring ticking sound. [Imit.; cf. Ger. ticken.]

  4. Tick

    tik, v.i. to get or give credit.—n. credit: trust.—n. Tick′-shop, a shop where goods are given on credit.—Buy on tick, to buy on credit. [Ticket.]

  5. Tick

    tik, v.i. to touch lightly.—n. a tap or light touch: a slight speck.—adj. Ticked, speckled.—v.t. Tick′le, to touch lightly and cause to laugh: to please by slight gratification.—v.i. to feel titillation or tickling.—ns. Tick′ler; Tick′ling. [Tickle is a dim. of tick, to touch lightly, M. E. teck, a touch; Dut. tik.]

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.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TICK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tick is ranked #92719 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tick surname appeared 198 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Tick.

    90.9% or 180 total occurrences were White.
    4% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.5% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TICK in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TICK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of TICK in a Sentence

  1. Ian Ziering:

    We actually got a chance to rehearse our scenes together and have some great poignant moments, when you meet Gilbert Shepard you understand what makes Fin tick. It's kind of nice. It's very grounded and it's wonderful character development, because you can't always be slicing through sharks. You've got to ground it in a humanity. This movie does it very nicely with Fin Shepard and his family.

  2. Freddie Mac:

    Mortgage rates continue to tick down and, as a result, home purchase demand is thawing from the monthslong freeze that gripped the housing market, potential homebuyers remain sensitive to changes in mortgage rates, but ample demand remains, fueled by first-time homebuyers.

  3. David Mawson:

    We voted to either stay in the European Union or leave the European Union. There wasn't a box to tick for a deal. I voted to leave.

  4. Joe Sliwkowski:

    We see a tremendous amount of tick bites (in Massachusetts).

  5. Jennifer Slone:

    I grew up my whole life running around with ticks on me, and I never thought anything of it, but this was just one extremely special tick.

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