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[klik] /klɪk/
a slight, sharp sound:
At the click of the latch, the dog barked.
a small device for preventing backward movement of a mechanism, as a detent or pawl.
Phonetics. any one of a variety of ingressive, usually implosive, speech sounds, phonemic in some languages, produced by suction occlusion and plosive or affricative release.
any one of a variety of familiar sounds used in calling or urging on horses or other animals, in expressing reprimand or sympathy, or produced in audible kissing.
Computers. the act of rapidly depressing and releasing a button on a mouse or other input device, usually the left-hand button, as to select an icon.
verb (used without object)
to emit or make a slight, sharp sound, or series of such sounds, as by the cocking of a pistol:
The door clicked shut.
  1. to succeed; make a hit:
    If the play clicks, the producer will be rich.
  2. to fit together; function well together:
    They get along in public, but their personalities don't really click.
  3. to become intelligible.
Computers. to rapidly depress and release one of the buttons on a mouse or other input device, usually the left-hand button:
Just click on the link to get to the site.
Compare right-click.
verb (used with object)
to cause to click.
to strike together with a click:
He clicked his heels and saluted.
  1. to select (a screen object) by rapidly depressing and releasing one of the buttons on a mouse or other input device, usually the left-hand button:
    Click “OK” to continue .
    Compare right-click.
  2. to rapidly depress and release (a button on a mouse or other input device):
    Click the trackpad button once.
Origin of click1
1575-85; perhaps imitative, but perhaps < Dutch klick (noun), klikken (v.)
Related forms
clickless, adjective


or klick, klik

[klik] /klɪk/
noun, Slang.
a kilometer.
1970-75 or earlier; probably special use of click1, but sense development unclear Unabridged
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a short light often metallic sound
  1. the locking member of a ratchet mechanism, such as a pawl or detent
  2. the movement of such a mechanism between successive locking positions
(phonetics) any of various stop consonants, found in Khoisan and as borrowings in southern Bantu languages, that are produced by the suction of air into the mouth
(US & Canadian, slang) a kilometre
(computing) an act of pressing and releasing a button on a mouse
to make or cause to make a clicking sound: to click one's heels
(usually foll by on) (computing) to press and release (a button on a mouse) or to select (a particular function) by pressing and releasing a button on a mouse
(intransitive) (slang) to be a great success: that idea really clicked
(intransitive) (informal) to become suddenly clear: it finally clicked when her name was mentioned
(intransitive) (slang) to go or fit together with ease: they clicked from their first meeting
Derived Forms
clicker, noun
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for click

1580s, of imitative origin (cf. Dutch and East Frisian klikken "to click; Old French clique "tick of a clock"). The figurative sense, in reference usually to persons, "hit it off at once, become friendly upon meeting" is from 1915, perhaps based on the sound of a key in a lock. Related: Clicked; clicking.


1610s, from click (v.). Click-beetle attested from 1830.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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click in Medicine

click (klĭk)
A slight sharp sound, such as that heard from the heart during systole.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for click



  1. An insight, esp a sudden one; flash of comprehension: She gifts us with this click: Most men want their wives to have a jobette/ and finally to a click when it began adding up
  2. A clique (1920s+)
  3. (also klick, klik) A kilometer: a hundred and sixty clicks north of Saigon (1960s+ Armed forces)


  1. (or click with) To succeed; please an audience or constituency: If I can click with wholesalers I should be ready to open up in about 3 weeks (1910+ Theater)
  2. To evoke or precede a flash of insight: Something clicked. I thought, This is what I want to do for the rest of my life (1930s+)
  3. To fit together precisely; go well together: Those two really click, like a well-oiled machine (1920s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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