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Definition of Tick


  1. Credit; trust; as, to buy on, or upon, tick.
  2. To go on trust, or credit.
  3. To give tick; to trust.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. The cover, or case, of a bed, mattress, etc., which contains the straw, feathers, hair, or other filling.
  7. Ticking. See Ticking, n.
  8. To make a small or repeating noise by beating or otherwise, as a watch does; to beat.
  9. To strike gently; to pat.
  10. A quick, audible beat, as of a clock.
  11. Any small mark intended to direct attention to something, or to serve as a check.
  12. The whinchat; -- so called from its note.
  13. To check off by means of a tick or any small mark; to score.

Tick Quotations

While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behavior because there are far too many equations to solve. I'm no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick, particularly women.
Stephen Hawking

Each of us should think of the future. Every puff on a cigarette is another tick closer to a time bomb of terrible consequences. Christopher Hitchens didn't care about the consequences of smoking cigarettes. Tragically, he died of throat cancer in December 2011.
Ray Comfort

Looking back, yes, I made too many comebacks. But each comeback I was 100 percent sure that I would win. I never came back for the money, because I didn't need it. The adulation I was getting anyway in other spheres. But I'm a guy who likes to see how close he can get to the edge of the mountain - that's what makes me tick.
Sugar Ray Leonard

I write books because I have always been fascinated by stories and language, and because I love thinking about what makes people tick. Writing a story... 'The Giver' or any other... is simply an exploration of the nature of behavior: why people do what they do, how it affects others, how we change and grow, and what decisions we make along the way.
Lois Lowry

You want to know what makes me tick, I'll tell you what makes me tick. I was a boy growing up in Brooklyn; I read a two-penny magazine called 'The Hawk's Nest.' Nobody entered that nest that didn't leave a little richer and a little wiser. And that 11-year-old boy said, 'Isn't that a wonderful thing.' And that's all there is to it.
Buddy Hackett
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Tick Translations

tick in Dutch is teek
tick in French is tique, tic tac
tick in German is ticken
tick in Italian is segnare a croce
tick in Portuguese is tiquetaque
tick in Spanish is tictac
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