tick 1 [ tik ] SHOW IPA / tɪk / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun a slight, sharp, recurring click, tap, or beat, as of a clock. Chiefly British Informal. a moment or instant. a small dot, mark, check, or electronic signal, as used to mark off an item on a list, serve as a reminder, or call attention to something. Stock Exchange. a movement in the price of a stock, bond, or option. the smallest possible tick on a given exchange. Manège. a jumping fault consisting of a light touch of a fence with one or more feet. a small contrasting spot of color on the coat of a mammal or the feathers of a bird. SEE MORE SEE LESS verb (used without object) to emit or produce a tick, like that of a clock. to pass as with ticks of a clock: The hours ticked by. verb (used with object) to sound or announce by a tick or ticks: The clock ticked the minutes. to mark with a tick or ticks; check (usually followed by off); to tick off the items on the memo. Verb Phrases tick off, Slang. to make angry: His mistreatment of the animals really ticked me off. Chiefly British. to scold severely: The manager will tick you off if you make another mistake. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
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Idioms for tick what makes one tick, the motive or explanation of one's behavior: The biographer failed to show what made Herbert Hoover tick. Origin of tick 1
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English
“little touch”; akin to Dutch
“a touch, pat,” Norwegian
“to touch or shove slightly”; see
tickle WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tick tic, tick Words nearby tick tical
tick-borne encephalitis virus
tick box tick 2 [ tik ] SHOW IPA / tɪk / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun any of numerous bloodsucking arachnids of the order Acarina, including the families Ixodidae and Argasidae, somewhat larger than the related mites and having a barbed proboscis for attachment to the skin of warm-blooded vertebrates: some ticks, as the deer tick, are vectors of disease. Origin of tick 2
First recorded before 900; Middle English
teke, tyke, Old English ticia, perhaps spelling error for tiica (i.e. tīca ) or ticca; akin to Low German tieke, German Zecke tick 3 [ tik ] SHOW IPA / tɪk / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun the cloth case of a mattress, pillow, etc., containing hair, feathers, or the like.
bed·tick [ bed-tik] /ˈbɛdˌtɪk/
Origin of tick 3
First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English
tikke, teke, tyke (cognate with Dutch tijk, German Zieche ), ultimately derived from Latin tēca, thēca, from Greek thḗkē “case” tick 4 [ tik ] SHOW IPA / tɪk / PHONETIC RESPELLING Chiefly British Informal. Origin of tick 4
First recorded in 1635–45; short for
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Example sentences from the Web for tick
Doctors sent their blood samples to the Centers for Disease Control, which discovered that both farmers had contracted a previously unknown virus from a
She actually had never been to a Deer
Tick show before, but she liked it a lot.
So we picked out the song (“Rhiannon,” click here for video), and Deer
Tick learned it.
The Senate races in both states are tight as a
tick, with no candidate hitting 50 percent in any of the polls.
Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the illness is transmitted by the bite of an infected
Once content to find a X-Men Calendar or a signed drawing of The
Tick, fans now expect—and get—a whole lot more.
“The sepoys have come in from Meerut,” he announced with the slow
tick of the earliest form of apparatus.
“Seems more cheerful like,” observed the caretaker, as the steady
tick-tack began to sound through the quiet room.
Some animals, like the rhino and the eland, have
tick birds that sit upon their backs and eat the ticks.
Often, for a variety in the lessons, she had to go to the baker without money; then her master simply gave the order, ‘on
Davie used to say '
tick-tock' when he heard it, when he first learned to talk. noun a recurrent metallic tapping or clicking sound, such as that made by a clock or watch British informal a moment or instant a mark (✓) or dash used to check off or indicate the correctness of something 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 verb to produce a recurrent tapping sound or indicate by such a sound the clock ticked the minutes away (when tr, ) often foll by off to mark or check (something, such as a list) with a tick what makes someone tick informal the basic drive or motivation of a person SEE MORE SEE LESS Word Origin for tick
C13: from Low German
tikk touch; related to Old High German zekōn to pluck, Norwegian tikke to touch noun any of various small parasitic arachnids of the families Ixodidae ( hard ticks) and Argasidae ( soft ticks), typically living on the skin of warm-blooded animals and feeding on the blood and tissues of their hosts: order Acarina (mites and ticks) See also sheep tick (def. 1) Related adjective: acaroid any of certain other arachnids of the order Acarina any of certain insects of the dipterous family Hippoboscidae that are ectoparasitic on horses, cattle, sheep, etc, esp the sheep ked Word Origin for tick
ticca; related to Middle High German zeche tick, Middle Irish dega stag beetle noun British informal account or credit (esp in the phrase on tick) Word Origin for tick
C17: shortened from
ticket noun the strong covering of a pillow, mattress, etc informal short for ticking Word Origin for tick
C15: probably from Middle Dutch
tīke; related to Old High German ziecha pillow cover, Latin tēca case, Greek thēkē
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n. Any of numerous small bloodsucking parasitic arachnids of the families Ixodidae and Argasidae, many of which transmit febrile diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Any of various usually wingless, louselike insects of the family Hippobosciddae that are parasitic on sheep, goats, and other animals.
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Any of numerous small, parasitic arachnids of the suborder Ixodida that feed on the blood of animals. Like their close relatives the mites and unlike spiders, ticks have no division between cephalothorax and abdomen. Ticks differ from mites by being generally larger and having a sensory pit at the end of their first pair of legs. Many ticks transmit febrile diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
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In addition to the idiom beginning with
tick tickled pink tickle one's fancy tickle the ivories tick off
clock is ticking tight as a tick what makes one tick
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