ticktack

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ticktack make a sound like a clock or a timer "the clocks were ticking","the grandfather clock beat midnight"
    • n ticktack system of signalling by hand signs used by bookmakers at racetracks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ticktack A kind of backgammon played both with men and pegs; tricktrack. "A game at ticktack with words."
    • Ticktack A noise like that made by a clock or a watch.
    • adv Ticktack With a ticking noise, like that of a watch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ticktack A pulsating sound like that made by a clock or watch; a ticking.
    • n ticktack Specifically, the sound of the beating of the heart.
    • n ticktack A device employed in playing certain practical jokes, consisting of a small weight so fastened that one at a distance can, by pulling a string, cause the weight to tap against the house or window.
    • ticktack With a sound resembling the beating of a watch.
    • n ticktack A complicated kind of backgammon, played both with men and with pegs. Compare trick-track, and see the third quotation below.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Tick to beat, to pat, and (for sense 2) cf. Tricktrack

Usage

In literature:

And there it was that Pere Merlier's mill enlivened with its ticktack a corner of wild verdure.
"Nana, The Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille" by Emile Zola
To small virtues would they fain lure and laud me; to the ticktack of small happiness would they fain persuade my foot.
"Thus Spake Zarathustra A Book for All and None" by Friedrich Nietzsche
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