• The dog or wood tick
    The dog or wood tick
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tick put a check mark on or near or next to "Please check each name on the list","tick off the items","mark off the units"
    • v tick sew "tick a mattress"
    • v tick make a sound like a clock or a timer "the clocks were ticking","the grandfather clock beat midnight"
    • v tick make a clicking or ticking sound "The clock ticked away"
    • n tick any of two families of small parasitic arachnids with barbed proboscis; feed on blood of warm-blooded animals
    • n tick a light mattress
    • n tick a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc. "as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name"
    • n tick 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
    • Tick A quick, audible beat, as of a clock.
    • n Tick (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of large parasitic mites which attach themselves to, and suck the blood of, cattle, dogs, and many other animals. When filled with blood they become ovate, much swollen, and usually livid red in color. Some of the species often attach themselves to the human body. The young are active and have at first but six legs.
    • Tick Any small mark intended to direct attention to something, or to serve as a check.
    • n Tick Credit; trust; as, to buy on, or upon, tick .
    • Tick The cover, or case, of a bed, mattress, etc., which contains the straw, feathers, hair, or other filling.
    • Tick (Zoöl) The whinchat; -- so called from its note.
    • Tick Ticking. See Ticking n.
    • v. t Tick To check off by means of a tick or any small mark; to score. "When I had got all my responsibilities down upon my list, I compared each with the bill and ticked it off."
    • Tick To give tick; to trust.
    • Tick To go on trust, or credit.
    • Tick To make a small or repeating noise by beating or otherwise, as a watch does; to beat.
    • Tick To strike gently; to pat. "Stand not ticking and toying at the branches."
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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
    • tick To touch or tap something lightly, or with a small sharp sound; tap slightly, as a bird when picking up its food; peck.
    • tick To emit a slight recurring click, like that of a watch or clock.
    • tick To touch lightly, as in the game of tag or tig; tag.
    • tick To place a dot on, over, or against; mark with or as with a tick or dot: as, to tick one's i's in writing; to set a dot against, as in checking off the items in a list or catalogue; check by writing down a small mark: generally with off.
    • tick To note or mark by or as by the regular clicking of a watch or clock.
    • n tick A slight touch or tap; a pat.
    • n tick A slight sharp sound, as that made by a light tap upon some hard object; also, a recurring click or beat, as of a watch or clock.
    • n tick The game known in the United Kingdom as tig, and in the United States as tag. See tag.
    • n tick A dot or slight mark: as, the tick over the letter i; the tick used in checking off the items in a list or catalogue.
    • n tick A small spot or color- mark on the coat of an animal.
    • n tick A speck; a particle; a very small quantity.
    • n tick One of many different kinds of mites or acarines which are external parasites of various animals, including man. A mite of the family Ixodidæ, and especially of the genus Ixodes; a wood-tick; a dog-tick; a cattle-tick. There are many species, found in the woods and fields, capable of independent existence, but liable to fasten upon dogs, cattle, etc., forming temporary parasites. They bury the head in the skin of the host, and hang there sucking the blood until they swell up enormously, lose their hold, and drop off. They are annoying, but not poisonous or especially dangerous. The cattle-tick is Ixodes bovis; the seed-tick is the young form of the same species; the dogtick is I. ricinus. See Ixodes, and cut under Acarida.
    • n tick Hence With a qualifying term, a member of the dipterous family Hippoboscidæ. Those of the genus Ornithomyia are bird-ticks; the sheep-tick is Melophagus ovinus (see cut under sheep-tick); the horse-tick is Hippobosca equina. The bat-ticks belong to the related dipterous family Nycteribiidæ.
    • n tick The tick-bean.
    • n tick The cover or case of a bed, which contains the feathers, hair, corn-shucks, moss, or other materials conferring softness and elasticity.
    • n tick Ticking.
    • n tick Credit; trust: as, to buy on tick.
    • n tick A score, account, or reckoning.
    • tick To buy on tick or credit; live on credit.
    • tick To give tick or credit; trust one for goods supplied, etc.
    • n tick In a horse, the malady or vice now called cribbing.
    • n tick The whinchat.
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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
    • n Tick tik the popular name for several acaridan arachnids which infest dogs, sheep, &c.
    • n Tick tik the case or cover in which feathers, &c., are put for bedding
    • v.i Tick tik to make a small, quick noise: to beat, as a watch
    • v.i Tick tik to get or give credit
    • n Tick credit: trust
    • v.i Tick tik to touch lightly
    • n Tick a tap or light touch: a slight speck
    • v.i Tick to feel titillation or tickling
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  • Lou Erickson
    Lou Erickson
    “Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.”


Full as a tick - If you are as full as a tick, you have eaten too much.
In a tick - (UK) If someone will do something in a tick, they'll do it very soon or very quickly.
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".


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tike, teke,; akin to D. teek, G. zecke,. Cf. Tike a tick


In literature:

It took him almost five minutes to find it, and by the time he stepped toward it clocks were ticking urgently in his head.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Gusterson, you are going to have to wear a ticky-tick.
"The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
The Count's brow clouded as he heard this startling intelligence ticked off by the telegraphic instrument.
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
No tick knifum in Shanter dis once.
"The Dingo Boys" by G. Manville Fenn
The wood ticks are familiar to inhabitants of uncultivated lands, and prove troublesome parasites to man and beast alike.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
But for the ticking of the clock above the desk, there was absolute silence in the room.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
At the wrist of the arm he rested his head on, the watch ticked comfortably.
"One Man's Initiation--1917" by John Dos Passos
He looked at the watch ticking steadily through it all; it was barely a quarter to five.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
Then the steps would stop and the clock would go on with its everlasting ticking.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
BESSIE went into the parlor one day, and noticed that the clock did not tick.
"The Nursery, March 1873, Vol. XIII." by Various

In poetry:

It travels with me everywhere
And chirrups like a cricket;
As if it said with anxious air,
"Don't lose your tick-tick-ticket!"
"The Little Clock" by Hattie Howard
The old clock in the gloomy hall
Ticks on, from hour to hour;
And every time its measured call
Seems lingering slow and slower:
"Honour's Martyr" by Emily Jane Bronte
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
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

In news:

John McCauley and Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick.
John McCauley, singer-guitarist of Deer Tick, is a Newport Folk Festival veteran.
Deer Tick will perform at 8 pm May 25 at McMenamins Mission Theatre, 1624 N W. Glisan St, Portland.
Deer Tick's John McCauley on Occupy, true crime, and recording with Steve Berlin.
Yes, We Dared To Ask: What Are Deer Tick's Favorite Alcoholic Beverages.
INTERVIEWS Listen to Deer Tick's Shaggy 'Tim' Cut 'Born at Zero'.
Deer Tick Bringing Jackson Browne & More to Newport Afterparties.
Kenan Bell, Deer Tick and Discovery.
Congress' inability to pass a 2012 Farm Bill won't hurt agriculture just yet, but the clock is ticking.
Clock ticking on Headlands Beach House demolition.
Surge in tick-borne illness spreads alarm.
First, the bad news: A warm winter followed by a wet spring usually means a buggy summer, as insects like mosquitoes and ticks thrive in the type of weather we've had this year.
Someday, we may actually get a clue as to what makes the Jonas Brothers tick.
As the clock ticked closer to 4 pm Friday, televisions in the Mets' clubhouse were tuned to MLB Network, which had both a countdown and a trade news ticker.
I'm ticked off because I can't understand how 20 women can survive a one-hour exercise class without talking on their cell phones -- this just blows my mind.

In science:

Moving J across a variable from left to right, corresponds to one tick of the clock.
Non-Commutative Worlds -- A Summary
Since X and X ′ are ingredients in computing (X ′ − X )/τ , the numerical value associated with DX, it is necessary to let the clock tick once, Thus, if one first observe X and then obtains DX, the result is different (for the X measurement) if one first obtains DX, and then observes X.
Non-Commutative Worlds -- A Summary
In the second case, one finds the value X ′ instead of the value X, due to the tick of the clock.
Non-Commutative Worlds -- A Summary
Then its one tick cannot be less than d/c and this implies ∆l ≥ d if the clock is used for timing in distance measurements.
Zeno meets modern science
For instance, the same mathematical formalism that produces equations describing the free fall of a hydrogen atom must also produce equations that determine the energy levels of hydrogen in a gravitational field, and thereby the ticking rate of a hydrogen maser clock.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment