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Tick appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • "Yank citadels I’m sawing", I say, "a sign I was misled a tick?… nay."
  • "To lay as I live, decide if I tick radar off for a dark citified ice devil," I say a lot.
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The word tick is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun tick

What does tick mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: ticks

  1. a metallic tapping sound
    • example: he counted the ticks of the clock
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of tick: ticking
    • more generic word: sound = the sudden occurrence of an audible event
    • more specific words: ticktock / tocktact / tictac = steady recurrent ticking sound as made by a clock
  2. any of two families of small parasitic arachnids with barbed proboscis; feed on blood of warm-blooded animals
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic word: acarine = mite or tick
    • more specific terms:
      • hard tick / ixodid = ticks having a hard shield on the back and mouth parts that project from the head
      • soft tick / argasid = tick lacking a dorsal shield and having mouth parts on the under side of the head
    • member of: Acarina / order Acarina = mites and ticks
  3. a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.
  4. a light mattress
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: mattress = a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed

Alternative definition of the noun tick


  1. [context: fauna] A tiny woodland arthropod of the order Acarina.
  2. A relatively quiet but sharp sound generally made repeatedly by moving machinery.
  3. A mark on any scale of measurement; a unit of measurement.
  4. [computing] A jiffy (unit of time defined by basic timer frequency).
  5. [colloquial] A short period of time, particularly a second.
  6. [British] a mark ([unicode, ✓]) made to indicate agreement, correctness or acknowledgement; checkmark
  7. [uncountable] Ticking.
  8. A sheet that wraps around a mattress.
  9. [British, colloquial] Credit, trust.

Definition of the verb tick

What does tick mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: ticked | ticking | ticks

  1. make a clicking or ticking sound
  2. make a sound like a clock or a timer
    • example: the clocks were ticking
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of tick: beat / ticktack / ticktock
    • more generic words: go / sound = make a certain noise or sound
  3. sew
  4. put a check mark on or near or next to

Alternative definition of the verb tick


  1. To make a clicking noise similar to the movement of the hands in an analog clock.
  2. To make a tick mark.

Specialised definition of the verb tick

Glossary of sports / curling

to hit an object rock lightly or glancingly, so that it moves only a short distance


  1. The Tick is a fictional character created by cartoonist Ben Edlund in 1986 as a newsletter mascot for the New England Comics chain of Boston area comic stores. He is an absurdist spoof of comic book superheroes. After its creation, the character spun off into an independent comic book series in 1988, and gained mainstream popularity through an animated TV series on Fox in 1994. A short-lived live-action TV series, video game, and various merchandise have also been based on the character. IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time ranked The Tick as #57.
    • created by Ben Edlund
    • fictional universe: The Tick Universe
  2. Tick is a fictional character from the 2012 film Warp.
  3. Tick is a fictional character from the 2008 film Beethoven's Big Break.
  4. Tick is a fictional character from the 1916 film Destiny's Toy.

There are other characters with in their name, like Tick Tock and Tick-Tock.


  1. "Tick" is a musical album of Minako Kotobuki.
    • released on
  2. "Tick" is a musical album of Marry Me Jane.
    • released on (17 years ago)


  1. Tick is time tracking software operated by The Molehill, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, that offers online time tracking and reporting services through their website along with mobile and desktop applications. Tick tracks time based on clients, projects and tasks, either through a timer or through manual entry.
    • license: Proprietary software
  2. Tick is a TV spot.

Phrases with Tick

Phrases starting with the word Tick:

  1. Tick Box
  2. tick off
  3. Tick Away
  4. Tick Down
  5. Tick Mark
  6. tick over
  7. Tick Tock
  8. Tick-Tock
  9. tick-weed

Phrases ending with the word Tick:

  1. to tick
  2. up-tick
  3. deer tick
  4. Foul Tick
  5. hard tick
  6. Seed Tick
  7. soft tick
  8. wood tick
  9. horse tick
  10. sheep tick
  11. sheep-tick

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Tick

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Google previewAda 2005 Reference Manual. Language and Standard Libraries (2006)

International Standard ISO/IEC 8652/1995(E) with Technical Corrigendum 1 and Amendment 1 by S. Tucker Taft

A clock tick is a real time interval during which the clock value (as observed by calling the Clock function) remains constant. Tick is the average length of such intervals.

Google previewAn Introduction to International Capital Markets (2009)

Products, Strategies, Participants by Andrew M. Chisholm

A tick is the minimum allowed price movement in a financial asset, such as one cent. Traders often give the deltaofan option position a positive ora negative value. The sign tells us about the directional exposure of the position to changes in ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Technical Analysis (2000)

by Joel G. Siegel

TICK A measure of movement in closing stock prices; a near-term indicator of market strength near the close of the trading day. It is computed during the trading day as the net difference between all New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stocks ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (2014)

Geography Disease Spotted fever group Rickettsia rickettsii Tick Rodents and dogs North and South America Rocky Mountain spotted fever ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Entomology (2008)

by John L. Capinera

The rabbit tick, H. leporispalustris, occurs in the New World from Alaska south to Argentina. It has a large host list that includes horses, cats, dogs and birds. It rarely attacks man, but is responsible for the transmission of Rocky Mountain spotted ...

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Quotes about Tick

There was an Old Person of Wick,
Who said, 'Tick-a-Tick, Tick-a-Tick;
Chickabee, Chickabaw.'
And he said nothing more,
That laconic Old Person of Wick (Edward Lear)
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Scrabble value of T1I1C3K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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