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TICK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tick mean? 

TICK (noun)
  The noun TICK has 4 senses:

1. a metallic tapping sound
2. any of two families of small parasitic arachnids with barbed proboscis; feed on blood of warm-blooded animals
3. a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.
4. a light mattress

  Familiarity information: TICK used as a noun is uncommon.


TICK (verb)
  The verb TICK has 4 senses:

1. make a clicking or ticking sound
2. make a sound like a clock or a timer
3. sew
4. put a check mark on or near or next to

  Familiarity information: TICK used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TICK (noun)


Sense 1tick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A metallic tapping sound

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

ticking; tick

Context example:

he counted the ticks of the clock

Hypernyms ("tick" is a kind of...):

sound (the sudden occurrence of an audible event)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tick"):

ticktock; tictac; tocktact (steady recurrent ticking sound as made by a clock)


Sense 2tick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of two families of small parasitic arachnids with barbed proboscis; feed on blood of warm-blooded animals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("tick" is a kind of...):

acarine (mite or tick)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tick"):

hard tick; ixodid (ticks having a hard shield on the back and mouth parts that project from the head)

argasid; soft tick (tick lacking a dorsal shield and having mouth parts on the under side of the head)

Holonyms ("tick" is a member of...):

Acarina; order Acarina (mites and ticks)


Sense 3tick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

check mark; tick; check

Context example:

as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name

Hypernyms ("tick" is a kind of...):

mark (a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation))


Sense 4tick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A light mattress

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("tick" is a kind of...):

mattress (a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed)


TICK (verb)


Sense 1tick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a clicking or ticking sound

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

tick; click

Context example:

The clock ticked away

Hypernyms (to "tick" is one way to...):

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2tick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a sound like a clock or a timer

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

ticktock; ticktack; tick; beat

Context examples:

the clocks were ticking / the grandfather clock beat midnight

Hypernyms (to "tick" is one way to...):

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3tick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sew

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

retick; tick

Context example:

tick a mattress

Hypernyms (to "tick" is one way to...):

run up; sew; sew together; stitch (fasten by sewing; do needlework)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4tick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put a check mark on or near or next to

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

tick off; check off; mark off; tick; check; mark

Context examples:

Please check each name on the list / tick off the items / mark off the units

Hypernyms (to "tick" is one way to...):

verify (confirm the truth of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "tick"):

receipt (mark or stamp as paid)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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