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nick

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noun \ˈnik\

Definition of nick

  1. 1a :  a small notch, groove, or chipb :  a small cut or woundc :  a break in one strand of two-stranded DNA caused by a missing phosphodiester bond

  2. 2 :  a final critical moment <in the nick of time>

  3. 3 slang, British :  prison; also :  police station

  4. 4 British :  condition <in good nick>

Examples of nick in a sentence

  1. There are a couple of nicks on the painting.

  2. His face was covered with nicks and cuts after shaving.

  3. She spent a night in the nick.

  4. an economy in bad nick

Origin and Etymology of nick

Middle English nyke, probably alteration of nocke nock


First Known Use: 15th century


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nick

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Definition of nick

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to jot down :  record

  3. 2a :  to make a nick in :  notch, chipb :  to cut into or wound slightly <nicked himself shaving>

  4. 3 :  to cut short <cold weather, which nicked steel and automobile output — Time>

  5. 4 :  to catch at the right point or time

  6. 5 :  cheat, overcharge

  7. 6a slang, British :  arrestb slang, British :  steal

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to make petty attacks :  snipe

  10. 2 :  to complement one another genetically and produce superior offspring

Examples of nick in a sentence

  1. He was nicked on the shoulder by a bullet.

  2. She was nicked for the theft.

  3. I nicked a couple of cars when I was younger.

15th Century

First Known Use of nick

15th century



NICK Defined for English Language Learners

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nick

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noun \ˈnik\

Definition of nick for English Language Learners

  • : a small broken area that appears on something after something else hits or cuts it

  • : a small cut on your skin

  • the nick : a prison or police station


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nick

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Definition of nick for English Language Learners

  • : to cut or damage a small part of the surface of (something) : to put a nick in (something)

  • : to make a small cut on (someone)

  • : to catch and arrest (someone)


NICK Defined for Kids

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nick

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noun \ˈnik\

Definition of nick for Students

  1. 1 :  a small cut or chip in a surface

  2. 2 :  the last moment <We arrived at the dock in the nick of time.>


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nick

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verb

Definition of nick for Students

nicked

nicking

  1. :  to make a small cut or chip in


Medical Dictionary

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nick

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noun \ˈnik\

Medical Definition of nick

  1. :  a break in one strand of two-stranded DNA caused by a missing phosphodiester bond


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nick

transitive verb

Medical Definition of nick

  1. :  to produce a nick in (DNA) <circular DNA that has been nicked and closed>



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