verb \ˈklik\

: to cause (something) to make a short, sharp sound

: to make a short, sharp sound : to make a click

computers : to press a button on a mouse or some other device in order to make something happen on a computer

Full Definition of CLICK

transitive verb
:  to strike, move, or produce with a click <clicked his heels together>
:  to select especially in a computer interface by pressing a button on a control device (as a mouse)
intransitive verb
:  to make a click
a :  to fit or agree exactly
b :  to fit together :  hit it off <they did not click as friends>
c :  to function smoothly
d :  succeed <a movie that clicks>
:  to select something by clicking —often used with on <click on the icon>
click·able \ˈkli-kə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of CLICK

  1. He clicked his heels together and saluted the officer.
  2. Her heels clicked on the marble floor.
  3. Press the door until you hear the latch click.
  4. To open the program, point at the icon and click the left mouse button.
  5. Click here to check spelling in the document.
  6. I know him fairly well, but we've never really clicked.

Origin of CLICK

probably imitative
First Known Use: 1581



: a short, sharp sound

: the act of selecting something on a computer screen by pressing a button on a mouse or some other device

Full Definition of CLICK

a :  a slight sharp noise
b :  a speech sound in some languages made by enclosing air between two stop articulations of the tongue, enlarging the enclosure to rarefy the air, and suddenly opening the enclosure
:  detent
:  an instance of clicking <a mouse click>

Examples of CLICK

  1. the click of her heels on marble
  2. There was a click as the door closed behind him.
  3. You can order movie tickets on the Internet with just a few clicks of your mouse.

First Known Use of CLICK



noun \ˈklik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CLICK

: a short sharp sound heard in auscultation and associated with various abnormalities of the heart


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In phonetics, a suction sound made in the mouth. Click sounds occur in various African languages and are often used as interjections in other languages—for example, the sound of disapproval represented in English by tsk, tsk. Clicks are a regular part of the consonant system in the Khoisan languages and in Bantu languages such as Xhosa and Zulu that have been strongly influenced by Khoisan.


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