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

Definition of ticking

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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 3)

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


Definition of ticking (Entry 3 of 3)

present participle of tick entry 2

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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“Ticking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticking. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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