1. A light, sharp, clicking sound made repeatedly by a machine, such as a clock.
2. Chiefly British A moment.
3. A light mark used to check off or call attention to an item.
4. Informal A unit on a scale; a degree: when interest rates move up a tick.
v. ticked, tick·ing, ticks
1. To emit recurring clicking sounds: as the clock ticked.
2. To function characteristically or well: machines ticking away; curious about what makes people tick.
1. To count or record with the sound of ticks: a clock ticking the hours; a taxi meter ticking the fare.
2. To mark or check off (a listed item) with a tick: ticked off each name on the list.
To make angry or annoyed: Constant delays ticked me off.
[Middle English tik, light tap.]
1. Any of various small bloodsucking arachnids of the order Ixodida that are parasitic on terrestrial vertebrates. Many species transmit diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
2. Any of various usually wingless insects that resemble a tick, such as a sheep ked.
[Middle English tike, tik, perhaps from Old English *ticca.]
a. A cloth case for a mattress or pillow.
b. A light mattress without inner springs.
Credit or an amount of credit.
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1. a recurrent metallic tapping or clicking sound, such as that made by a clock or watch
2. informal Brit a moment or instant
3. a mark (✓) or dash used to check off or indicate the correctness of something
4. (Commerce) commerce the smallest increment of a price fluctuation in a commodity exchange. Tick size is usually 0.01% of the nominal value of the trading unit
5. to produce a recurrent tapping sound or indicate by such a sound: the clock ticked the minutes away.
6. (when: tr, often foll by off) to mark or check (something, such as a list) with a tick
7. what makes someone tick informal the basic drive or motivation of a person
[C13: from Low German tikk touch; related to Old High German zekōn to pluck, Norwegian tikke to touch]
2. (Animals) any of certain other arachnids of the order Acarina
3. (Animals) any of certain insects of the dipterous family Hippoboscidae that are ectoparasitic on horses, cattle, sheep, etc, esp the sheep ked
[Old English ticca; related to Middle High German zeche tick, Middle Irish dega stag beetle]
(Commerce) informal Brit account or credit (esp in the phrase on tick)
[C17: shortened from ticket]
1. (Textiles) the strong covering of a pillow, mattress, etc
[C15: probably from Middle Dutch tīke; related to Old High German ziecha pillow cover, Latin tēca case, Greek thēkē]
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1. a slight, sharp, recurring click, tap, or beat, as of a clock.
2. Brit. Informal. a moment or instant.
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.
a. a movement in the price of a stock, bond, or option.
b. the smallest possible tick on a given exchange.
5. a small contrasting spot of color on the coat of a mammal or the feathers of a bird.
6. to emit a tick, like that of a clock.
7. to pass as with ticks of a clock: The hours ticked by.
8. 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.
[1400–50; late Middle English tek little touch; akin to Dutch tik a touch, pat, Norwegian tikka to touch]
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.
[before 900; Middle English teke, tyke, Old English ticia (perhaps sp. error for tiica (i.e. tīca) or ticca)]
1. the cloth case of a mattress, pillow, etc., containing hair, feathers, or the like.
[1425–75; late Middle English tikke, teke, tyke; compare Middle Dutch, Middle Low German tēke, Old High German ziahha, ziecha tick, pillowcase]
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