Pronunciation: (tik), [key]
1. a slight, sharp, recurring click, tap, or beat, as of a clock.
2. Chiefly Brit. Informal.a moment or instant.
3. a small dot, mark, check, or electronic signal, as used to mark off an item on a list, serve as a reminder, or call attention to something.
4. Stock Exchange.
a. a movement in the price of a stock, bond, or option.
b. the smallest possible tick on a given exchange.
5. Manège.a jumping fault consisting of a light touch of a fence with one or more feet.
6. a small contrasting spot of color on the coat of a mammal or the feathers of a bird.

1. to emit or produce a tick, like that of a clock.
2. to pass as with ticks of a clock: The hours ticked by.

1. to sound or announce by a tick or ticks: The clock ticked the minutes.
2. to mark with a tick or ticks; check (usually fol. by off); to tick off the items on the memo.
3. tick off, Slang.
a. to make angry: His mistreatment of the animals really ticked me off.
b. Chiefly scold severely: The manager will tick you off if you make another mistake.
4. what makes one tick, the motive or explanation of one's behavior: The biographer failed to show what made Herbert Hoover tick.


Pronunciation: (tik), [key]
1. any of numerous bloodsucking arachnids of the order Acarina, including the families Ixodidae and Argasidae, somewhat larger than the related mites and having a barbed proboscis for attachment to the skin of warm-blooded vertebrates: some ticks are vectors of disease.
2. See sheeptick.


Pronunciation: (tik), [key]
1. the cloth case of a mattress, pillow, etc., containing hair, feathers, or the like.
2. ticking. Also called bedtick.


Pronunciation: (tik), [key]
n. Chiefly Brit. Informal.
1. a score or account.
2. on tick, on credit or trust: We bought our telly on tick.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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