nick

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v nick mate successfully; of livestock
    • v nick divide or reset the tail muscles of "nick horses"
    • v nick cut a nick into
    • v nick cut slightly, with a razor "The barber's knife nicked his cheek"
    • n nick a small cut
    • n nick (British slang) a prison "he's in the nick"
    • n nick an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nick A broken or indented place in any edge or surface; as, nicks in a china plate; a nick in the table top.
    • Nick A notch cut crosswise in the shank of a type, to assist a compositor in placing it properly in the stick, and in distribution.
    • Nick A notch cut into something
    • Nick A particular point or place considered as marked by a nick; the exact point or critical moment. "To cut it off in the very nick .""This nick of time is the critical occasion for the gaining of a point."
    • Nick A score for keeping an account; a reckoning.
    • n Nick nĭk (Northern Myth) An evil spirit of the waters.
    • Nick To hit at, or in, the nick; to touch rightly; to strike at the precise point or time. "The just season of doing things must be nicked , and all accidents improved."
    • Nick To make a cross cut or cuts on the under side of (the tail of a horse, in order to make him carry it higher).
    • Nick To make a nick or nicks in; to notch; to keep count of or upon by nicks; as, to nick a stick, tally, etc.
    • Nick To mar; to deface; to make ragged, as by cutting nicks or notches in; to create a nick{2} in, deliberately or accidentally; as, to nick the rim of a teacup. "And thence proceed to nicking sashes.""The itch of his affection should not then
      Have nicked his captainship."
    • v. t Nick To nickname; to style. "For Warbeck, as you nick him, came to me."
    • Nick To suit or fit into, as by a correspondence of nicks; to tally with. "Words nicking and resembling one another are applicable to different significations."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nick A hollow cut or slight depression made in the surface of anything; a notch.
    • n nick A score or reckoning: so called from the old practice of keeping reckonings on tallies or notched sticks.
    • n nick A false bottom in a beer-can, by which customers were cheated, the nick below and the froth above filling up part of the measure.
    • nick To make a nick or notch in; notch; cut or mark with nicks or notches.
    • nick To sever with a snip or single cut, as with shears.
    • nick To cut short; abridge. See nick, n., 3.
    • nick To break or crack; smash as the nickers used to do. See nicker, 2.
    • nick In coal-mining, to cut (the coal) on the side, after kirving, holing, or undercutting. The part of the coal-seam which has been kirved and nicked is then ready to be wedged or blasted down.
    • nick To nod; wink.
    • n nick Point, especially point of time: as, in the nick of—that is, on the point of (being or doing something).
    • n nick The exact point (of time) which accords with or is demanded by the necessities of the case; the critical or right moment; the very moment: used chiefly in the phrases in the nick or in the nick of time—that is, at the right moment, just when most needed or demanded.
    • n nick A lucky or winning throw in the game of hazard: as, eleven is the nick to seven. See hazard, 1.
    • nick To strike or hit right; hit or hit upon exactly; fit into; suit.
    • nick In gaming, to throw or turn up; hit or hit upon.
    • nick To delude or deceive; cozen; cheat, as at dice.
    • nick To catch in the act.
    • nick To fit; unite or combine; be adapted for combining: said, in stock-breeding, of the crossing of one strain of blood with another.
    • nick To suit; compare; be comparable.
    • nick In the game of hazard, to throw a winning number. Compare nick, n., 3.
    • nick To bet; gamble.
    • n nick The devil: usually with the addition of Old.
    • nick To nickname; hence, to annoy or tease by nicknaming.
    • n nick In type-founding, a small groove, made by the mold on the front side and lower part of the body of American type. The first purpose of the nick is to enable the type-setter to place the type properly in the stick without examining the face. When many faces are designed for the same body, it is customary to cast two or more nicks at irregular intervals to prevent accidental mixing of unlike faces. In France the nick is on the hinder side. In some forms of type-setting and type distributing, the nicks are squarecut grooves, with a different arrangement of nicks for each character.
    • n nick In violin-making, one of the little notches cut midway in the side of an f-hole or sound-hole, to indicate the proper location for the bridge.
    • n nick In lumbering, same as undercut, 2.
    • n nick In craps, a throw of 7 or 11, which wins all the stakes for the caster immediately.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nick nik a notch cut into something: a score for keeping an account: the precise moment of time: a lucky throw at hazard
    • v.t Nick to cut in notches: to hit the precise time: to strike as if making a nick: to cheat: catch in the act: to cut short:
    • n Nick nik the devil, esp. Old Nick.
    • Nick &c., the devil
    • v.t Nick (Scot.) to cut with a single snip, as of shears: to make a cut with the pick in the face of coal to facilitate blasting or wedging
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Idioms

Just in the nick of time - If you do something in the nick of time, you just manage to do it just in time, with seconds to spare.
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Nick of time - If you do something in the nick of time, you do it at the very last minute or second.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. nicor, a marine monster; akin to D. nikker, a water spite, Icel. nykr, ONG. nihhus, a crocodile, G. nix, a water sprite; cf. Gr. ni`ptein to wash, Skr. nij,. Cf. Nix

Usage

In literature:

Old Nick fly away with you!
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
Had he lived he would have squandered it away; but just in the nick of time he is killed, and makes you his heir.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Come this way, Mr. Beecot, to the place where old Nick have his home, for that he is when seven strikes.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
But what made Nick go over the bar so like a hoppergrass?
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
His mental gymnastics were interrupted by the appearance at the door of Miss Jim Fenton and her brother Nick.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
Nick Grylls is a wonderful bright man, wonderful!
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
He's a bodie o' the nick-stick kind.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Nick had re-acted the scene for him.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
I know Nick Allstyne sold his French racer, and Nick's supposed to be worth no end of money.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
His name is Nick Cullen in the shop, but when he tackles the fiddle in public he is known as Signor Nicola Collenso.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
A bullet fired from behind had nicked his ear, and he knew that it was one of his Askaris who had fired.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
No living thumb-nail can nick no cards in my place and get away with it.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Madge knew a great deal more about Nick Carter than Nick supposed she did; she knew all about his household, and about his assistants.
"A Woman at Bay" by Nicholas Carter
Nick was a good sort of a man, easy and happy, and a sober and constant labourer.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
NICK WIFFLES EXPLAINS A MYSTERY.
"The Bradys Beyond Their Depth" by Anonymous
Exactly in the nick of time the intrigues at Madrid had come to a head.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
That settled, and Nick will be all right.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
It had in fact no flaws except a rather large nick on one of the back surfaces near the girdle.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
Then, on the Monday following, he visited the Franklin farm, taking Nick Ogilvie and two other oil men with him.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
An' me an' Nick'll give ye a nickel a-piece, fer new bags, won't we, Nick?
"A Sunny Little Lass" by Evelyn Raymond
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In poetry:

They don't know their names, an' don't
Hear us when we call
"Come in, Nick an' Finn!"--they won't
Come fer us at all!
"Find The Favorite" by James Whitcomb Riley
What matters, tho' his little flock
A shepherd's care is wantin:
Old Nick may have his run o'th' fold
Wol he's off galavantin.
"Old Dave To Th' New Parson" by John Hartley
"Yesterdaye was att my dere daughter
Syr Bremor the Kyng of Spayne;
And then she nicked him of naye;
I feare sheele do youe the same."
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
There was that eager strenuous press
To sow good seed;
There was that saving from distress
In the nick of need;
There were those words in the wilderness:
Who cared to heed?
""I Sometimes Think"" by Thomas Hardy
He twisted raand as if to see
What sooart o' covy aw could be,
An grinned wi' sich a maath at me,
It threw me sick!
"Lor saves!" aw cried, "an is it thee
'At's call'd owd Nick?"
"A Strange Stooary" by John Hartley
I've kind of stray'd from thet thar scare
That cum on Spense--tho', reely,
I'll allus hold it was a shine
Of thet thar pooty Deely:
Thar's them es holds thro' thin an' thick,
'Twas a friendly visit from Old Nick.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

"I've turned into a food snob," managing editor Nick Schou told me as he watched me scarf down a bowl of caesar salad at Ciao .
Director/writer Nick Cassavetes and writer Heather Wahlquist on how they came up with their script and the secrets for keeping cost down on production.
"The film is shot digitally, we couldn't have shot on film the way we shot this film, it looks beautiful" said director Nick.
Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon Attend The Houstons On Our Own Premiere Party.
The mother of the late Whitney Houston was so enraged with Bobbi Kristina Brown 's plans to wed "adopted brother" Nick Gordon she snubbed a star-studded tribute for the I Will Always Love You singer, the National Enquirer claims.
Tod Kowalczyk, photo by Nick Kneer.
Gor Plavchyan drives against Nick Khan at Glendale Community College men's basketball practice.
Britain's Nick Clegg Apologizes for Using the Word.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announces a new scheme which will require energy companies to tell customers how to save up to £100 a year after securing a "landmark deal".
Nick Clegg champions campaign to end unpaid internships.
Embattled Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to get his first official head of comms as his popularity plummets.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to get strategic comms help.
HAMPTON — Robbie Davis, Nick Smith and Ryleigh Lemonds clinched track championships on Saturday evening as Langley Speedway played host to 4CDL/Thomas Nelson Community College Night, the penultimate event on its 2012.
Goals by Nick Williams was the high scorer for Bainbridge and finished with three goals.
Baylor quarterback Nick Florence (11) passes against Oklahoma in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Baylor QB Florence has comparable numbers to RG3.
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In science:

Nick Morgan is thanked for many useful and insightful comments and for suggesting the examination of incomplete information on the retrieval of cosmological constraints.
How robust are the constraints on cosmology and galaxy evolution from the lens-redshift test?
To produce our Figure 1 and Movie S1 we used the public domain program IFrIT written by Nick Gnedin (Fermilab).
Stellar Feedback in Dwarf Galaxy Formation
Nicolas Bruno, Nick Koudas, and Divesh Srivastava.
DescribeX: A Framework for Exploring and Querying XML Web Collections
Johannaa Erdmenger, Nick Evans, Ingo Kirsch, and Ed Threlfall.
Magnetic Catalysis of Chiral Symmetry Breaking. A Holographic Prospective
Yufei Tao appears on the lists of the TODS and TKDE while Nick Koudas appears only on the list of TODS. • Six research scholars appear on the top publishers list of three (out of four) core database technology conferences.
A Decade of Database Research Publications
Yufei Tao and Dimitris Papadias Divesh Srivastava and Nick Koudas Divyakant Agrawal and Amr El Abbadi Vivek R.
A Decade of Database Research Publications
This construction was introduced independently by Nick Sheridan in his thesis [She] and the author in [Pom].
Curved String Topology and Tangential Fukaya Categories II
Nick Kaiser has shown us that there is surprisingly little radial bias in the luminosity profiles of clusters of galaxies – this from the man whose name is most closely associated with the concept.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary
We also present a worked through example of blob/nick defects (where the rod has an area with an excess/lack of material) and a guide for a model with random pits and blobs along the length of the beam.
Defective beams in MEMS: a model of non-ideal rods using a Cosserat approach for component level modelling
We also run a series of tests on the blob/nick model where FEA simulations are used as a benchmark of the model developed in this paper.
Defective beams in MEMS: a model of non-ideal rods using a Cosserat approach for component level modelling
Sometimes a rod might be created with a bump of extra material or a nick through errors in the manufacturing process.
Defective beams in MEMS: a model of non-ideal rods using a Cosserat approach for component level modelling
After some work we can obtain expressions for φ(1,1) and r (1,1) were we have made an assumption that the shape of the perturbations distribution is governed by the same function of s for each of K , J and T (this is completely true for nicks and blobs).
Defective beams in MEMS: a model of non-ideal rods using a Cosserat approach for component level modelling
The treatment of random jitter is all but identical to that of a localised defect such as a blob or nick.
Defective beams in MEMS: a model of non-ideal rods using a Cosserat approach for component level modelling
We apply this technique to the construction of a model of a beam with a blob/nick present as well as a model of a beam with random jitter.
Defective beams in MEMS: a model of non-ideal rods using a Cosserat approach for component level modelling
The developed blob/nick and random jitter models could be used for reliability tests of MEMS both at the design and production stage.
Defective beams in MEMS: a model of non-ideal rods using a Cosserat approach for component level modelling
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