click

1
[klik]

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Origin of click

1
1575–85; perhaps imitative, but perhaps < Dutch klick (noun), klikken (v.)
Related formsclick·less, adjective

click

2

or klick, klik

[klik]

noun Slang.

a kilometer.

Origin of click

2
1970–75 or earlier; probably special use of click1, but sense development unclear
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British Dictionary definitions for click

click

noun

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 and Canadian slang a kilometre
computing an act of pressing and releasing a button on a mouse

verb

to make or cause to make a clicking soundto 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
(intr) slang to be a great successthat idea really clicked
(intr) informal to become suddenly clearit finally clicked when her name was mentioned
(intr) slang to go or fit together with easethey clicked from their first meeting
Derived Formsclicker, noun

Word Origin for click

C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for click
v.

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.

n.

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

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Medicine definitions for click

click

[klĭk]

n.

A slight sharp sound, such as that heard from the heart during systole.
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