Any one of numerous species of large parasitic mites which attach themselves to, and suck the blood of, cattle, dogs, and many other animals. When filled with blood they become ovate, much swollen, and usually livid red in color. Some of the species often attach themselves to the human body. The young are active and have at first but six legs.
Any one of several species of dipterous insects having a flattened and usually wingless body, as the bird ticks (see under Bird) and sheep tick (see under Sheep).
The cover, or case, of a bed, mattress, etc., which contains the straw, feathers, hair, or other filling.
Ticking. See Ticking, n.
To make a small or repeating noise by beating or otherwise, as a watch does; to beat.
To strike gently; to pat.
A quick, audible beat, as of a clock.
Any small mark intended to direct attention to something, or to serve as a check.
The whinchat; -- so called from its note.
To check off by means of a tick or any small mark; to score.
Bands are about these little relationships that make everything tick, and when you create new music you're testing those relationships. Jonathan Cain
People are nice enough, but you can hear the giant tick of the second hand. People are so harried. David Ogden Stiers
Anyone who devotes time and attention to what makes people tick, to me, is a smart person. Ron Silver
But with exquisite breathing you smile, with satisfaction of love, And I touch you again as you tick in the silence and settle in sleep. Karl Shapiro
Crossrail is a prime example of infrastructure. It is a rather deadly word, but I think it is exciting stuff, the civil engineering which makes Britain tick - the bridges, tunnels, power and water networks, which bind us together. Evan Davis