What does tick mean?

Definitions for ticktɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tick.

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"

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.

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. tick

    A type of sound created by a clock or a watch.

    My grandfather clock makes a tick and we hear it in the hall when we are at home.

Suggested Resources

  1. TICK

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joe Sliwkowski:

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

  2. Karyn Cavanaugh:

    Whenever we see oil tick down, people worry about global growth.

  3. Daniel Pastula:

    Essentially, you don't need to worry about Powassan if you don't get bit by a tick.

  4. Michael Bolliger:

    Things played out in the way we had all expected so we can tick this box and move on.

  5. RVM:

    The minutes will Tick, the days will Pass, the Journey is Ours, Smile while it Lasts.-RVM

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