\ ˈtik How to pronounce tick (audio) \

Definition of tick

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : a light rhythmic audible tap or beat also : a series of such ticks
b : the time taken by the tick of a clock : moment
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
3a finance : the minimum amount by which the price of a security can move upward or downward The minimum price fluctuation is called a "tick."— Gerald Warfield also : a stock market transaction at a price above or below the last previous transaction in the same security or the change in price that such a transaction represents an upward/downward tick The telegraph, and then the stock ticker, provided a number of advantages … . The ticker was named for its characteristic sound when printing; to this day, any movement of a stock's price is called a "tick." — Joe Janes Note that I assume none of you plan to spend your golden years watching the market tick by tick and jumping in and out of stocks. — Barry Ritholtz
b : a small amount … Wednesday's fifth episode drew 12.3 same-day million viewers, up a tick from the previous week's 12.2 million.— Gary Levin — see also downtick, uptick

tick

verb
ticked; ticking; ticks

Definition of tick (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

1 : to make the sound of a tick or a series of ticks
2 : to operate as a functioning mechanism : run tried to understand what made him tick the motor was ticking over quietly

transitive verb

1 : to mark with a written tick : check usually used with offticked off each item in the list
2 : to mark, count, or announce by or as if by ticking beats a meter ticking off the cab fare
3 : to touch with a momentary glancing blow ticked the ball

Definition of tick (Entry 3 of 5)

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

Definition of tick (Entry 4 of 5)

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

Definition of tick (Entry 5 of 5)

chiefly British
: credit, trust also : a credit account

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Noun (2)

tick 1

In the meaning defined above

Examples of tick in a Sentence

Verb I could hear the clock tick . His old heart is still ticking. Tick the box next to your choice.
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First Known Use of tick

Noun (1)

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1721, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (4)

1642, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tick

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

Noun (3)

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

Noun (4)

short for ticket entry 1

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The first known use of tick was in the 14th century

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“Tick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tick. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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tick

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tick

: to make a small, quick, and often rhythmic tapping sound
: to continue to work or function in a normal way
chiefly British : to mark (something) with a written tick (✓)

tick

noun
\ ˈtik How to pronounce tick (audio) \

Kids Definition of tick

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a light rhythmic tap or beat (as of a clock)
2 : a small mark used chiefly to draw attention to something or to check an item on a list

tick

verb
ticked; ticking

Kids Definition of tick (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to make a light rhythmic tap or a series of light rhythmic taps a ticking clock
2 : to mark, count, or announce by or as if by light rhythmic taps A meter ticked off the cab fare.
3 : check entry 2 sense 5 She ticked off each item in the list.
4 : operate sense 1, function The old car is still ticking.

tick

noun

Kids Definition of tick (Entry 3 of 3)

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

tick

noun
\ ˈtik How to pronounce tick (audio) \

Medical Definition of tick

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

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