licking

Definitions

  • wolfhound licking hand of reclining man
    wolfhound licking hand of reclining man
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n licking the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
    • n licking an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest "it was a narrow defeat","the army's only defeat","they suffered a convincing licking"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lick Observatory telescope Lick Observatory telescope
LONGING FOR LICKINGS LONGING FOR LICKINGS
"YOU AIN'T NO MORE 'OLD ON THAT SADDLE THAN A STAMP WITH THE GUM LICKED OFF!" "YOU AIN'T NO MORE 'OLD ON THAT SADDLE THAN A STAMP WITH THE GUM LICKED OFF!"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
    • Licking A flogging or castigation.
    • Licking A lapping with the tongue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is impossible to lick your elbow.
    • n licking The act of one who licks.
    • n licking A beating; a thrashing.
    • n licking The adhesion of textile fibers (cotton) to any surface in the process of manufacture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
    • Licking a thrashing
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Quotations

  • Gene Roddenberry
    Gene Roddenberry
    “A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.”
  • Harper Lee
    Harper Lee
    “Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
  • William B. Given
    William B. Given
    “Details often kill initiative, but there have been few successful men who weren't good at details. Don't ignore details. Lick them.”
  • Clare Boothe Luce
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    “In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Many lick before they bite.”

Idioms

A lick and a promise - If you give something a lick and a promise, you do it hurriedly, most often incompletely, intending to return to it later.
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Calf lick - A calf lick is the weird parting in your fringe where your hair grows in a different direction, usually to one side.
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Cat's lick - (Scot) A cat's lick is a very quick wash.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. liccian; Ger. lecken, L. lingĕre, Gr. leichein.

Usage

In literature:

Cattle licking one another is also a prolific cause.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
When you goin' for lick me?
"Old Man Savarin and Other Stories" by Edward William Thomson
The father swore he could lick the daddies of all the boys one at a time.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Paul grunted, licked his pipe-stem significantly and pointed his pole to the hill-top.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
I gave her a lick on the back I reckon she has always remembered.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
The dumb mouth moved nearer to lick the man's fingers, but his movements were negative as far as any recognition of the name went.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
And they licked and licked for hours and hours.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
If he can lick me, then he ought to get away.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Shann licked his lips and tasted the sting of sap smeared on his face during his struggle with the bushes.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
And a sound licking will open their eyes better than soft soap.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
I shall lick you, Richardson, if you go on like that.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
Any boy who liked him he usually liked back, and showed his affection, as he did in my case, by frequent lickings.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
Lick Creek, rising in a swamp, flows eleven miles nearly northeast to the river.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
And if that feller, Tom, licks y', w'y, I'll jes' nat'ally lick him.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
I'm sorry you got licked, too.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
Thousands of people watched the hungry tongues of flame licking the stone walls.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
You'd ought to have a lick o' sense or two at yore age.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
You ought to have brains enough to know you've been licked.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The warrior at the lick-block knew Dicks would discover him, so he showed himself and made his kill.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
I don't mind an extra licking, and you're in for one as it is.
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
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In poetry:

Yes, Jack Canuck's a hero
Whose glory never fades;
He'll lick his weight in wild cats
--The day his lodge parades.
"Jack Canuck" by Abner Cosens
‘We are 'ere met together
in this momentous hower,
Ter lick th' bankers' dirty boots
an' keep the Bank in power.’
"Song Of The Six Hundred M.P.'S" by Ezra Pound
I know a nation, combed and clean,
with comely lads and lasses,
loyal liegemen ever keen
to lick their masters' asses.
"Table Hymn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
Stuttered-over-again World,
where I shall have been
a Guest, a Name,
sweated down from the Wall,
that a Wound licks up.
"Stuttered-Over-Again World" by Paul Celan
The old world glows with colours clear;
And if, as saith the saint,
The world is but a painted show,
Oh let us lick the paint!
"A Dedication To E.C.B." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"He lick'd my hand, by me carest,
But him with grief I saw
Half famish'd, and his gallant breast
Gor'd by the vulture's claw!"
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley

In news:

Nick Berger, Judah Christian, Senior, Golf Recently: Fired a 70 to win the ECIC medalist honor by 1 shot My longest drive 360-something at Lake of the Woods My favorite course Lick Creek in Pekin Tiger Woods is coming back.
In his first month on the job, Commissioner Raymond W Kelly created two new senior positions in the Police Department and filled them with men who have not a lick of experience policing New York City.
Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives , Soul's Chapel ( * * * * ) If the guitar lick that begins lead track Somebody Saved Me sounds like Roebuck "Pops" Staples resurrected, it ought to: Stuart is playing Staples' guitar.
And she was like, "Oh, I'm getting my pussy licked".
It all goes via the Web direct to Pitney, which stuffs, licks, and mails.
What's Worse Than Licking a Toilet Seat .
In West Lake Hills, Italian fare that'll have you licking your plate.
Until Tuesday, I hadn't run a lick since completing the half-marathon at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon race May 1.
Russell Neff found licking TV remote control, police say.
There could be more wounds to lick.
Located just down the road from the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum rivers in Zanesville, is adding a pizza kitchen.
To celebrate I will make chocolate cupcakes tonight and the best part about it is licking the bowl.
Fredrick Leon Dalton , 73, of Spaw Lick Road, Philippi, died Saturday evening, Dec 8, 2012, in Broaddus Hospital, following an unexpected illness.
Lynn Haven, FL--The Mosley Dolphins are looking ahead to a date with county rival Bay, while also licking their wounds from the loss at Fort Walton last Friday.
Genuine finger-licking goodness, Texas style.
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In science:

However, we can use the low-resolution Lick indices to explore relative α-abundances for the stars in our study.
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
Specifically, we explore the relative Mg abundances using the Lick Mg b index centered at 5160-5190
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
Lick, Generalized connectivity in graphs, Bull.
On the generalized (edge-)connectivity of graphs
We thank the time allocation committees of the Lick, Keck, WIYN, and WIRO observatories for granting us observing time and making this pro ject possible.
Additional Massive Binaries in the Cygnus OB2 Association
By stacking spectra of galaxies with similar stellar properties and measuring the Lick indices on those spectra, the authors were able to derive [Fe/H],[Mg/H], [Mg/Fe], and stellar age for a population of passive early-type galaxies.
The Effect of Major Mergers on Age and Metallicity Across the Fundamental Plane
In future work, we will account for this discrepancy by measuring the Lick indices directly.
The Effect of Major Mergers on Age and Metallicity Across the Fundamental Plane
We also plan to calculate ages and metallicities using the Lick indices instead of using approximations to calculate the luminosityweighted properties.
The Effect of Major Mergers on Age and Metallicity Across the Fundamental Plane
An example of such scenario is the one derived in Vazdekis et al. (1997) from the best fits to both broad-band colours (from U to K ) and the Lick linestrength indices, of a number of prototype massive galaxies, employing a full chemo-evolutionary version of our models (Vazdekis et al. 1996).
MIUSCAT: extended MILES spectral coverage. II. Constraints from optical photometry
We thank the time allocation committees of the Lick, Keck, WIYN, and WIRO observatories for granting us observing time and making this pro ject possible.
A Fresh Catch of Massive Binaries in the Cygnus OB2 Association
Several corrections must be applied to obtain a linestrength measurement that is calibrated to the standard Lick system.
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
We chose to use the ‘Lick’ system of Davies et al. (1987; included in the SMAC dataset) as our fiducial, in order to bring the 7 Samurai, EFAR and SMAC datasets onto a single common system.
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
Lick system (see §3.2) by comparing our Mgb′ and Mg2 linestrengths to measurements for the same galaxies given by Trager et al. (1998).
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
Lick galaxy counts of Shane & Wirtanen412 , and were the first to compare the observed galaxy distribution to synthetic images of the Universe408 .
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
Abt (1985) compared the impact of two facility telescopes (the CTIO and KPNO 4-m) with that of two telescopes run by private observatories (the Lick 3-m and the Palomar 5-m).
The Effectiveness of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
Recent science and engineering results with the laser guidestar adaptive optic system at Lick Observatory.
Design of the wavefront sensor unit of ARGOS, the LBT laser guide star system
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