/tɪk / (say tik)

1. a slight, sharp recurring click or beat, as of a clock.
2. Colloquial a moment or instant: hang on just a tick.
3. a small mark, as a hooked, sloping dash (formed by two strokes at an acute angle) serving to draw attention to something, to indicate that an item on a list, etc., has been noted or checked, or to indicate the correctness of something, as a written work.
4. Finance the smallest change possible in the market price of a futures contract.
verb (i)
5. to emit or produce a tick, like that of a clock.
6. to pass as with ticks of a clock: the hours ticked by.
verb (t)
7. to sound or announce by a tick or ticks.
8. to mark (an item, etc.) with a tick, as to indicate examination or correctness.
9. any tick of the clock, Colloquial very soon.
10. on the tick, punctually.
11. tick all the boxes, (of a proposal, plan, procedure, etc.) to fulfil all requirements.
12. tick off, to mark (an item, etc.) with a tick, as to indicate examination or correctness.
13. tick over,
a. (of an internal-combustion engine) to run slowly with the gears disengaged.
b. to be inactive, often in preparation for action.
14. tick someone off, Colloquial to rebuke; scold.
15. tick up, to increase at a steady rate.
16. what makes someone tick, what motivates someone's behaviour.
{late Middle English tek little touch, related to Dutch tik, Low German tikk a touch}
/tɪk / (say tik)

1. any member of a group of blood-sucking mite-like animals (Acarina) of the families Ixodidae and Argasidae, provided with a barbed proboscis which it buries in the skin of vertebrate animals.
2. any of the dipterous insects of the family Hippoboscidae, often wingless, which are parasitic on certain animals, as sheep, camels, bats, pigeons.
See bush tick, brown dog tick, cattle tick1, paralysis tick. {Middle English teke, tyke, Old English ticia (? mistake for ticca). Compare Low German tieke, German Zecke}
/tɪk / (say tik)

1. the cloth case of a mattress, pillow, etc., containing hair, feathers, or the like.
2. Colloquial ticking.
{Middle English tikke, teke, tyke related to West Germanic. Compare Latin tēca, thēca, from Greek thēkē case}
/tɪk / (say tik)

phrase on tick, Colloquial
on credit or trust: to buy on tick. {shortened form of 17th-century ticket, the promise to pay signed when a person took on a debt}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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