What does kick mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kick, boot, kickingnoun

    the act of delivering a blow with the foot

    "he gave the ball a powerful kick"; "the team's kicking was excellent"

  2. bang, boot, charge, rush, flush, thrill, kicknoun

    the swift release of a store of affective force

    "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks"

  3. recoil, kicknoun

    the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired

  4. gripe, kick, beef, bitch, squawknoun

    informal terms for objecting

    "I have a gripe about the service here"

  5. kicknoun

    the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs)

    "a sidecar is a smooth drink but it has a powerful kick"

  6. kick, kickingverb

    a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics

    "the kick must be synchronized with the arm movements"; "the swimmer's kicking left a wake behind him"

  7. kickverb

    drive or propel with the foot

  8. kickverb

    thrash about or strike out with the feet

  9. kickverb

    strike with the foot

    "The boy kicked the dog"; "Kick the door down"

  10. kickverb

    kick a leg up

  11. kick back, recoil, kickverb

    spring back, as from a forceful thrust

    "The gun kicked back into my shoulder"

  12. kick, give upverb

    stop consuming

    "kick a habit"; "give up alcohol"

  13. kickverb

    make a goal

    "He kicked the extra point after touchdown"

  14. complain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetchverb

    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

    "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"


  1. Kickverb

    To evict or remove from a place or position, usually with out or off; as, they kicked him off the staff; he was kicked out of the restaurant; the landlord kicked them out of the apartment for making too much noise.

    Etymology: [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]

  2. Kickverb

    (Sport) To score (goals or points) by kicking; as, they kicked three field goals in the game.

    Etymology: [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]

  3. Kickverb

    To discontinue; -- usually used of habitual activities; as, to kick a habit; he kicked his drug habit.

    Etymology: [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]

  4. Kickverb

    (Football) To make a kick as an offensive play.

  5. Kickverb

    To complain strenuously; to object vigorously.

  6. Kickverb

    To resist.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kickverb

    to strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog

    Etymology: [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]

  2. Kickverb

    to thrust out the foot or feet with violence; to strike out with the foot or feet, as in defense or in bad temper; esp., to strike backward, as a horse does, or to have a habit of doing so. Hence, figuratively: To show ugly resistance, opposition, or hostility; to spurn

    Etymology: [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]

  3. Kickverb

    to recoil; -- said of a musket, cannon, etc

    Etymology: [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]

  4. Kicknoun

    a blow with the foot or feet; a striking or thrust with the foot

    Etymology: [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]

  5. Kicknoun

    the projection on the tang of the blade of a pocket knife, which prevents the edge of the blade from striking the spring. See Illust. of Pocketknife

    Etymology: [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]

  6. Kicknoun

    a projection in a mold, to form a depression in the surface of the brick

    Etymology: [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]

  7. Kicknoun

    the recoil of a musket or other firearm, when discharged

    Etymology: [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]


  1. Kick

    In combat sports and hand-to-hand combat, a kick is a physical strike using the foot, leg, or knee. This type of attack is used frequently, especially in stand-up fighting. Kicks play a significant role in many forms of martial arts, such as Taekwondo, Karate, Pankration, Kung fu, Vovinam, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Capoeira, Silat, and Kalarippayattu. Kicks are also used for kicking objects such as balls, books etc. If a human uses a kick in sport, it would most likely be used for kicking an object into a goal such as kicking a soccer ball into a goal and so on.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kick

    kik, v.t. to hit with the foot.—v.i. to thrust out the foot with violence: to show opposition or resistance: (of a gun) to recoil violently (see also Bullet): (print.) to work a press by impact of the foot on a treadle.—n. a blow with the foot: the turn of kicking the ball at football, the person who kicks or kicks off: the recoil of a gun: (slang) fashion.—adj. Kick′able.—ns. Kick′er, one who kicks, esp. a horse; Kick′-off, the first kick in a game of football; Kick′-up, a disturbance.—Kick over the traces, to throw off control; Kick, or Strike, the beam, to rise, as the lighter scale of a balance, so as to strike against the beam—hence to be of little weight or importance; Kick the bucket (see Bucket); Kick up a dust or row, to create a disturbance.—Drop kick, a kick made as the ball, dropped from the hand, rebounds from the ground; Place kick, a kick made when the ball is lying on the ground. [M. E. kiken—W. cicio, to kick, Gael. ceig.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. kick

    1. [IRC] To cause somebody to be removed from a IRC channel, an option only available to channel ops. This is an extreme measure, often used to combat extreme flamage or flooding, but sometimes used at the CHOP's whim. 2. To reboot a machine or kill a running process. “The server's down, let me go kick it.”

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. kick

    The springing back of a musket when fired. Also, the violent recoil by which a carronade is often thrown off the slide of its carriage. A comparison of excellence or novelty; the very kick.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. kick

    To recoil;—said of a musket, piece of ordnance, and the like.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kick' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3029

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kick' in Nouns Frequency: #2094

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kick' in Verbs Frequency: #507

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kick in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of kick in a Sentence

  1. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

    When we discovered the intrusion, we treated this like the serious incident it is ..., our team moved as quickly as possible to kick out the intruders and secure our network.

  2. Teri Lebow:

    I feel like it’s insane, i’m just tired. I can’t seem to get my life kick-started.

  3. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work:

    This is designed to make the human more effective in combat, we believe that the advantage we have is ... our people; that tech-savvy people who've grown up in the iWorld will kick the crap out of people who grew up in the iWorld under an authoritarian reign.

  4. An Oklahoma woman:

    You did not have to taser me, an Oklahoma woman wouldn't comply, An Oklahoma woman wouldn't get out, and then An Oklahoma woman tried to kick me. So yes, I did.

  5. Alaska Department of Fish:

    Normally, moose will flee when they feel threatened but under certain circumstances, they can become aggressive, people can be hurt when moose charge, stomp and kick to protect themselves or their young.

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    be contingent upon (something that is elided)
    • A. emerge
    • B. interrupt
    • C. depend
    • D. fudge

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