a strong cotton fabric, usually twilled, used especially in making cloth ticks.
a similar cloth in satin weave or Jacquard, used especially for mattress covers.
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How to use ticking in a sentence
If dark matter were to interact with a nuclear clock, the interaction could tweak the clock’s ticking.
That ticking bomb got louder, and my sense of time felt both finite and endless.Covid-19 live updates: CDC director urges teens to get vaccinated | Katerina Ang, Erin Cunningham, Paulina Firozi, Hannah Knowles | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Global warming, and the ticking clock to combat it, has also led to a new generation of leaders such as 18-year-old Greta Thunberg.
Despite the cookie deprecation countdown clock ticking, however, at this stage many publishers are hesitant to dive into identifiers.Media Briefing: How publishers are earning money with NFTs | Tim Peterson | April 1, 2021 | Digiday
By listening more closely to the ticking of our internal clocks, researchers expect to uncover novel ways to help everybody get more out of their sleeping and waking lives.Individual Circadian Clocks Might Be the Next Frontier of Personalized Medicine | Mandy Oaklander | August 6, 2020 | Time
So that was just a ticking time bomb until the Germans had to do something.How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall | William O’Connor | November 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He becomes increasingly paranoid by the societal fixtures around him—a ticking clock, a ringing phone.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing | Marlow Stern | November 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He set about ticking the boxes required of any self-respecting plutocrat enthusiastically.
A case could be made that Bynes was, in effect, a ticking time bomb.The Amanda Bynes Train Wreck Is Back Again, Following a New DUI Arrest | Kevin Fallon | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in the background, a separate time-bomb is ticking for Israel.
The school buzz died away, and you could hear the ticking of my little clock.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
A silence fell between the two men, broken only by the low ticking of the little Sheraton clock upon the mantelshelf.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
There was a silence, only broken by the monotonous ticking of the carved Swiss clock and the deep sobs of the kneeling girl.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Down the block, a taxi that had been parked with meter ticking across from Engel's apartment-hotel drew away slowly.
The ticking in this case should be boiled in a wash-boiler, and the filling is to be rinsed before drying.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
British Dictionary definitions for ticking
a strong cotton fabric, often striped, used esp for mattress and pillow covers
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