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nick

noun \ ˈnik \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of nick

1 a : a small notch, groove, or chip
b : a small cut or wound
c : a break in one strand of two-stranded DNA caused by a missing phosphodiester bond
2 : a final critical moment
  • in the nick of time
3 slang, British : prison; also : police station
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

Recent Examples of nick from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of nick

Middle English nyke, probably alteration of nocke nock

nick Synonyms

Synonyms
chip, hack, indent, indentation, indenture, kerf, notch
Related Words
joggle, nock, punch, snip; groove, score, undercut; slit, slot
Near Antonyms
outside

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nick

verb

Definition of nick

transitive verb
1 : to jot down : record
2 a : to make a nick in : notch, chip
b : to cut into or wound slightly
  • nicked himself shaving
3 : to cut short
  • cold weather, which nicked steel and automobile output
  • Time
4 : to catch at the right point or time
6 a slang, British : arrest
b slang, British : steal
intransitive verb
1 : to make petty attacks : snipe
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.

Recent Examples of nick from the Web

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First Known Use of nick

15th century



NICK Defined for English Language Learners

nick

noun

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


nick

verb

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

noun \ ˈnik \

Definition of nick for Students

1 : a small cut or chip in a surface
2 : the last moment
  • We arrived at the dock in the nick of time.

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nick

verb

Definition of nick for Students

nicked; nicking
: to make a small cut or chip in

Medical Dictionary

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nick

noun \ ˈnik \

medical Definition of nick

: 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

: to produce a nick in (DNA)
  • circular DNA that has been nicked and closed


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