ticking

Definitions

  • The dog or wood tick
    The dog or wood tick
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ticking a strong fabric used for mattress and pillow covers
    • n ticking a metallic tapping sound "he counted the ticks of the clock"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease caused by ticks
    • n Ticking A strong, closely woven linen or cotton fabric, of which ticks for beds are made. It is usually twilled, and woven in stripes of different colors, as white and blue; -- called also ticken.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There was once a fish caught in Delaware Bay with a watch still ticking inside
    • n ticking The act of making ticks, or slight repeated sounds; the sounds themselves: as, the ticking of the clock.
    • n ticking A strong material of linen or cotton, basket-woven, and usually in stripes of blue or pink with white. It is used especially for bedticks, whence the name, and also for awnings and similar purposes, and in recent times as a foundation for embroidery, the stripes facilitating the working of certain designs. Also ticken.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ticks can be as small as a grain of rice and grow to be as big as a marble
    • ns Ticking the cloth of which ticks are made
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Quotations

  • Lou Erickson
    Lou Erickson
    “Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.”

Idioms

Full as a tick - If you are as full as a tick, you have eaten too much.
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In a tick - (UK) If someone will do something in a tick, they'll do it very soon or very quickly.
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Tick all the right boxes - To meet or fit the criteria or expectations. For example, "This product ticked all the right boxes for me", or "That applicant's interview didn't go so well; it didn't tick any of my boxes".
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Tick a bed cover. Cf. Ticken
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. theca—-Gr. thēkē, a case—tithēmi, I put.

Usage

In literature:

Bags, pillow-cases, bed-ticks, sheets and coverlets had been called into requisition to hold the precious leaves.
"What Might Have Been Expected" by Frank R. Stockton
The seconds ticked into minutes.
"Treachery in Outer Space" by Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
Look at that tick of a forward there.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Clocks and watches tick louder before mild weather.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
What he suffered as the afternoon faded and the ticking of the clock thudded on his senses, no one could ever know.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
It was wet, of course, but, to his surprise, was still merrily ticking away.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
Inside the box you can hear a gentle but steady tick, tick, tick.
"Banzai!" by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
Only the ticking of a little clock was audible.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
The hall clock with slow and solemn tick marked one hour of waiting, and still he did not come.
"Pocket Island" by Charles Clark Munn
There was not a sound but the ticking of a clock on the mantel-shelf.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
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In poetry:

It is I, I,
I lay between you, I was
open, was
audible, ticked at you, your breathing
obeyed, it is
I still, but then you are asleep.
"The Straitening" by Paul Celan
And still no nearer to the Light,
And still no further from myself,
Alone and lost in clinging night
—(The clock’s still ticking on the shelf).
"In Praise Of Solid People" by C S Lewis
But the spectre stood in that yonder gloom,
And these were the words it spake,
"Tick-tock, tick-tock"--and they seemed to mock
A heart about to break.
"New-Year's Eve" by Eugene Field
"Because a raskle chews
My oss away to robb,
And goes tick at your Mews
For seven-and-fifty bobb,
Shall I be call'd to pay?—It is
A iniquitious Jobb."
"Jacob Homnium’s Hoss" by William Makepeace Thackeray
A little child on the sun-checked floor,
A broken toy, and a tear stained face,
A young life clouded, a young heart sore;
And the great clock, time, ticks on apace.
"Life" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The innocent mansion of a panthers heart!
It crumbles, tick-tick time drags it in
Till now his arteries lag and now they start
Reverence with the frigid gusts of sin.
"Idiot" by Allen Tate

In news:

That ticking you hear in 'Lincoln'.
This guy is ticked off cuz a cowgirl is stepping on his trademark.
The characteristic "bull's-eye" reaction to a tick bite.
This Friday is one of those special evenings, when Deer Tick takes the stage.
Deer Tick is rock 'n roll.
Deer Tick will perform at 8 pm May 25 at McMenamins Mission Theatre, 1624 N W. Glisan St, Portland.
INTERVIEWS Listen to Deer Tick 's Shaggy 'Tim' Cut 'Born at Zero'.
Deer Tick / Photo by Scott Alario.
In all probability , they're ticked off in Dallas.
Last fall, my dog and I came home from several outings, and I picked many ticks from each of us.
I haven't seen as many ticks in my entire life as I have recently.
What's the Right Way to Make Your Watch Tick.
And she's TICKED OFF about it.
Cotton-pickin, I never know who I'm going to tick off .
WaPo Gives Dodd the Tick-Tock Treatment.
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In science:

The upper and lower ticks represent the positions of the calculated chemical and magnetic reflections, respectively.
Random Fan-Out State Induced by Site-Random Interlayer Couplings
Table 3: Optimal tick values for the considered assets, in the linear case and the square root concave case.
Large tick assets: implicit spread and optimal tick size
So the spread (in ticks) is invariant when the tick value is modified.
Large tick assets: implicit spread and optimal tick size
Step 2: Use our methodology for large tick assets.
Large tick assets: implicit spread and optimal tick size
Quantifying the tick size: the implicit spread.
Large tick assets: implicit spread and optimal tick size
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