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ˈtɪk ɪŋtick·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tick, tickingnoun

    a metallic tapping sound

    "he counted the ticks of the clock"

  2. tickingnoun

    a strong fabric used for mattress and pillow covers


  1. tickingnoun

    A strong cotton or linen fabric used to cover pillows and mattresses.

  2. tickingnoun

    A sound of something ticking.

  3. tickingnoun

    An illusional style of dance where one moves his or her body to the "tic" of the music creating a strobe or animated effect.

  4. tickingnoun

    A marking that occurs on some horses. It involves white flecks of hair at the flank, and white hairs at the base of the tail, called a skunk tail or rabicano. Sometimes referred to as birdcatcher ticks.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ticken, Tickingnoun

    The same with tick. A sort of strong linen for bedding. Nathan Bailey


  1. Ticking

    Ticking is a type of cloth, traditionally a tightly-woven cotton or linen textile. It is traditionally used to cover tick mattresses and bed pillows. The tight weave makes it more durable and hinders the stuffing (straw, chaff, hair, down feathers, etc.) from poking through the fabric. To make it even tighter, ticking could be waxed, soaped, or starched. Tick materials designed to hold foam may be knit, or more porous. In English-speaking countries ticking commonly has a striped design, in muted colors such as brown, grey or blue, and occasionally red or yellow, against a plain, neutral background. Although traditionally used for mattresses and pillows, the material has found other uses, such as serving as a backing for quilts, coverlets, and other bedding. It is sometimes woven with a twill weave. Ticking is no longer restricted to a utility fabric and has found uses in interior decorating styles intending to evoke a homespun or industrial aesthetic. Modern uses for ticking include furniture upholstery, cushion covers, tablecloths, decorative basket liners, and curtains. Occasionally, lighter weight percale cloth is printed with a striped pattern made to resemble ticking fabric, and used to make garments.


  1. ticking

    Ticking refers to a repetitive, rhythmic, or pulsating sound or motion that is usually associated with the passage of time, such as the sound made by a clock. It can also relate to a strong, durable type of fabric often used in upholstery or for covering mattresses and pillows. Furthermore, it may refer to the act of marking or checking items on a list.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ticking

    of Tick

  2. Tickingnoun

    a strong, closely woven linen or cotton fabric, of which ticks for beds are made. It is usually twilled, and woven in stripes of different colors, as white and blue; -- called also ticken

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ticking in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ticking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of ticking in a Sentence

  1. Maros Sefcovic:

    The clock is ticking, and if we look at the calendar we see the end of 2019 is just round the corner.

  2. David Sinclair:

    The message is every day counts, how you live your life even when you’re in your teens and 20s really matters, even decades later, because every day your clock is ticking.

  3. Son Gavin:

    To me, that was kind of like his third time dying because he passed when he started to get the dementia, when we found out about the ALS and it was even more rapid and degenerative and we knew eventually Son Gavin heart or lungs would go, it was like Son Gavin died again, because now the clock was ticking. Then when Son Gavin eventually passed, it was stunning.

  4. Raul Hernandez:

    They need to take credible action to move forward more quickly. In politics there is a clock ticking, one of economic expectations, especially since December 2014 when normalization with the United States began.

  5. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Time is never ticking for its moment’s dye in a colorful dance as it moves forward

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