noun (1)
tick·​ing | \ ˈti-kiŋ How to pronounce ticking (audio) \

Definition of ticking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong linen or cotton fabric used in upholstering and as a covering for a mattress or pillow


noun (2)

Definition of ticking (Entry 2 of 2)

: ticked marking on a bird or mammal or on individual hairs

First Known Use of ticking

Noun (1)

1649, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ticking

Noun (1)

tick entry 4

Noun (2)

tick entry 1

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The first known use of ticking was in 1649

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an act or instance of editing or removing

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