• wolfhound licking hand of reclining man
    wolfhound licking hand of reclining man
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lick find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of "did you solve the problem?","Work out your problems with the boss","this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out","did you get it?","Did you get my meaning?","He could not work the math problem"
    • v lick take up with the tongue "The cat lapped up the milk","the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast"
    • v lick beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight "We licked the other team on Sunday!"
    • v lick pass the tongue over "the dog licked her hand"
    • n lick (boxing) a blow with the fist "I gave him a clout on his nose"
    • n lick touching with the tongue "the dog's laps were warm and wet"
    • n lick a salt deposit that animals regularly lick
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
    • Lick A place where salt is found on the surface of the earth, to which wild animals resort to lick it up; -- often, but not always, near salt springs. Called also salt lick.
    • Lick A quick and careless application of anything, as if by a stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a tongue; as, to put on colors with a lick of the brush. Also, a small quantity of any substance so applied. "A lick of court whitewash."
    • n Lick A slap; a quick stroke. "A lick across the face."
    • Lick A stroke of the tongue in licking. "A lick at the honey pot."
    • Lick To draw or pass the tongue over; as, a dog licks his master's hand.
    • Lick To lap; to take in with the tongue; as, a dog or cat licks milk.
    • v. t Lick To strike with repeated blows for punishment; to flog; to whip or conquer, as in a pugilistic encounter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is impossible to lick your elbow.
    • lick To pass or draw the tongue over the surface of; rub with the tongue.
    • lick To take into the mouth by lapping with the tongue; lap.
    • lick To strike repeatedly by way of punishment; flog; chastise with blows; beat.
    • lick Hence To “beat” or overcome; gain a victory over; surpass; excel.
    • lick In mech.: To catch and retain (fiber), as the rollers of drawing-frames in a damp atmosphere.
    • lick To lap or scoop up; wipe off or transfer by intermittent contact, as in the device for lubrication called a licker.
    • lick To take up gradually and feed (fiber) into a carding-machine: said of the action of the card called the licker-in.
    • lick To prostrate one's self on the ground in token of utter submission; act abjectly and servilely.
    • lick To gain the victory; be victorious: as, who licked?
    • n lick A rubbing or drawing of the tongue over something.
    • n lick A slight smear or coat, as of paint.
    • n lick A small quantity; as much as can be taken up by the tongue: as, a lick of sugar or of oatmeal.
    • n lick A place where salt is deposited at salt-springs, and where animals come, or might come, to lick it.
    • n lick A blow; a stroke; hence, a trial or essay.
    • n lick plural A beating.
    • lick To tear along; ride at full gallop.
    • n lick An aberration of the appetite, with a morbid desire to eat foreign substances having no food value, which attacks nearly all the domestic animals. In the ox it is called pica, in the sheep wool-eating, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
    • v.t Lick lik to pass the tongue over: to take in by the tongue: to lap: to beat by repeated blows:
    • n Lick a passing the tongue over: a slight smear: : :
    • v.t Lick lik (coll.) to triumph over, overcome
    • n Lick (Scot.) a tiny amount: a blow
    • n Lick (coll.) an attempt, trial
    • n Lick (pl., Scot.) a thrashing
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  • 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
    “'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
    “In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.”
  • Proverb
    “Many lick before they bite.”


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.
Calf lick - A calf lick is the weird parting in your fringe where your hair grows in a different direction, usually to one side.
Cat's lick - (Scot) A cat's lick is a very quick wash.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. liccian,; akin to OS. likkōn, D. likken, OHG. lecchōn, G. lecken, Goth. bi-laigōn, Russ. lizate, L. lingere, Gr. lei`chein , Skr. lih, rih,. √121. Cf. Lecher Relish


In literature:

Father Licking, C. SS.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 1, January 1886" by Various
Through it shot flaming tongues that were greedily licking the timbers of the tall trestle-work.
"Derrick Sterling" by Kirk Monroe
If you can't lick me, 'ow can you lick 'im?
"Light Freights, Complete" by W. W. Jacobs
Appreciatively he licked his lips.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The old beard, now shaggy and unkempt, trembled, whilst a parched tongue licked over the lips.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
I showed it I could lick it, an' that's all there is to it.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
Then, glutted with the feast, he crept away to lick his bruises and recover from the fray.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
At the same time it licked his hand.
"Cab and Caboose" by Kirk Munroe
But we've licked 'em!
"A World is Born" by Leigh Douglass Brackett
Flagg must be licked before he'll sell.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day

In poetry:

Then flew Dinah from under the Chair,
Into his arms she flew—
And licked his face from chin to hair
And Peter passed them through!
"Dinah in Heaven" by Rudyard Kipling
No wish had he to sulk or blame,
Nor did he need to understand,
But simply loved me just the same,--
In silence licking face and hand.
"Leo" by John Lawson Stoddard
The host, he says that all is well
And the fire-wood glow is bright;
The food has a warm and tempting smell,-
But on the window licks the night.
"Fear" by Harold Hart Crane
Pile on the logs... Give me your hands,
Friends! No,- it is not fright...
But hold me... somewhere I heard demands...
And on the window licks the night.
"Fear" by Harold Hart Crane
An excellent soldier who's worthy the name
Loves officers dashing and strict:
When good, he's content with escaping all blame,
When naughty, he likes to be licked.
"The Two Majors" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But I found not a one,
all the places were gone,
they were packed with the living and dead.
Now I live all alone
in a lodge of my own
where the licking flames are red.
"The Solitary" by Jonas Hallgrimsson

In news:

Beach condo application at Lick's site backed despite residents' opposition.
Henderson's 15-year-old all-stars lost to Blue Lick 12-0 Sunday afternoon in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Regional at Bill Heath Field.
Salt Lick's array of barbecue .
Learn to Play a Wealth of Blues and Bluegrass Licks.
Sinewy, salt-licked surfers drift through ocean towns, heeding a secret siren song.
Licking Memorial buying smaller, for-profit hospital.
Red Lick creates restaurant setting in middle school cafeteria.
Staff photo by Doug Strickland Chef David Blanton speaks with Red Lick Middle School eighth-graders Madison Prince, center, and Kayleigh Morland as they eat lunch Friday at the school.
According to Licking Township firefighter Scott Brown crews were called to 6819 Newark Road shortly before 5 p.m.
Tapper's Delight: 20 Challenging Tapping Licks.
Encourage other self-soothing options such as chewing a bone or licking at a stuffed busy toy.
Are Redskins licking their chops for the Eagles.
When the 45-voice strong Licking Valley Singers step onto the risers for their fall presentation on Nov 9 and 11, expect an ever-changing array of musical selections.
Texans keep clicking despite taking a licking.
SLIDING TOWARD A SHADOWED PLACE where light and hope cannot reach her, a woman sits in a padded chair, and a small black dog licks her hand.

In science:

The linestrengths required only small zeropoint corrections to bring them onto the Lick system.
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
Abt (1985) compared counts of citations of papers generated by two telescopes run by national observatories (the CTIO and KPNO 4-m) with those from two telescopes run by private observatories (the Lick 3-m and Palomar 5-m), and found them to be statistically indistinguishable.
Scientific impact of large telescopes
We confirm Abt’s (1985) finding that the impacts of privately run telescopes (Hale, Lick) are not significantly different from those of national facilities.
Scientific impact of large telescopes
After the Second World War, the Lick and Palomar sky surveys and the spectroscopic observations of Humason, Mayall & Sandage238 provided the essential data-base for the analysis of the distribution of galaxies.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
Treffers, Maryam Modjaz, The Lick Observatory Supernova Search with the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope, Small Telescope Astronomy on Global Scales, ASP Conference Series Vol. 246, IAU Colloquium 183.
Radio Supernovae