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tick

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noun \ˈtik\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of tick

  1. 1a :  a light rhythmic audible tap or beat; also :  a series of such ticksb :  the time taken by the tick of a clock :  moment

  2. 2 :  a small spot or mark; especially :  one used to direct attention to something, to check an item on a list, or to represent a point on a scale

Origin and Etymology of tick

Middle English tek pat, light stroke; akin to Middle High German zic light push

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tick

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Definition of tick

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make the sound of a tick or a series of ticks

  3. 2 :  to operate as a functioning mechanism :  run tried to understand what made him tick the motor was ticking over quietly

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to mark with a written tick :  check —usually used with off ticked off each item in the list

  6. 2 :  to mark, count, or announce by or as if by ticking beats a meter ticking off the cab fare

  7. 3 :  to touch with a momentary glancing blow ticked the ball

First Known Use of tick

1721


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tick

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Definition of tick

  1. 1 :  any of a superfamily (Ixodoidea) of bloodsucking acarid arachnids that are larger than the related mites, attach themselves to warm-blooded vertebrates to feed, and include important vectors of infectious diseases

  2. 2 :  any of various usually wingless parasitic dipteran flies — compare sheep ked

Illustration of tick

Origin and Etymology of tick

Middle English tyke, teke; akin to Middle High German zeche tick, Armenian tiz


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tick

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Definition of tick

  1. 1 :  the fabric case of a mattress, pillow, or bolster; also :  a mattress consisting of a tick and its filling

  2. 2 :  1ticking

Examples of tick in a Sentence

  1. I could hear the clock tick .

  2. His old heart is still ticking.

  3. Tick the box next to your choice.

Origin and Etymology of tick

Middle English tike, probably from Middle Dutch (akin to Old High German ziahha tick), from Latin theca cover, from Greek thēkē case; akin to Greek tithenai to place — more at do


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tick

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Definition of tick

chiefly British

  1. :  credit, trust; also :  a credit account

Origin and Etymology of tick

short for 1ticket


Financial Definition of TICK

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What It Is

A tick is a minimum change in the price of a security. Also known as a downtick, a minus tick occurs when a security sells at a price less than the preceding sale. A minus tick is the opposite of an uptick.

Although the term is usually used in reference to stocks, it can also apply to bonds, commodities and other traded securities.

How It Works

For example, if there is a trade for XYZ Co. at $15 per share, and the next trade is at $12 per share, the first tick would be at $15 and the second tick would be at $12. (In this example, the XYZ shares are said to be "on a minus tick.")

Before 2001, stocks traded in increments of 1/16th of $1 (about $0.0625). That means that a security had to change by at least that amount. (This is no longer the case.)

Why It Matters

Ticks are important because they indicate the price trend of a stock. They also trigger restrictions on short sales. In the United States, when a stock is on a minus tick, traders are generally prohibited from shorting the stock. This rule (called the short sale rule or the tick test) exists to prevent traders from jumping on the bandwagon to destabilize a stock's price (note that exchange-traded funds can be shorted on a minus tick, however).



TICK Defined for English Language Learners

tick

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Definition of tick for English Language Learners

  • : to make a small, quick, and often rhythmic tapping sound

  • : to continue to work or function in a normal way

  • : to mark (something) with a written tick (✓)


TICK Defined for Kids

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noun \ˈtik\

Definition of tick for Students

  1. 1 :  a light rhythmic tap or beat (as of a clock)

  2. 2 :  a small mark used chiefly to draw attention to something or to check an item on a list


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Definition of tick for Students

ticked

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ticking

  1. 1 :  to make a light rhythmic tap or a series of light rhythmic taps a ticking clock

  2. 2 :  to mark, count, or announce by or as if by light rhythmic taps A meter ticked off the cab fare.

  3. 3 :  2check 5 She ticked off each item in the list.

  4. 4 :  operate 1, function The old car is still ticking.


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Definition of tick for Students

  1. :  a tiny animal with eight legs that is related to the spider and attaches itself to humans and animals from which it sucks blood


Medical Dictionary

tick

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noun \ˈtik\

Medical Definition of tick

  1. 1:  any of numerous bloodsucking arachnids that constitute the acarine superfamily Ixodoidea, are much larger than the closely related mites, attach themselves to warm-blooded vertebrates to feed, include important vectors of various infectious diseases of humans and lower animals, and although the immature larva has but six legs, may be readily distinguished from an insect by the complete lack of external segmentation

  2. 2:  any of various usually wingless parasitic dipteran flies (as the sheep ked)

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