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noun

  • 1A regular short, sharp sound, especially that made by a clock or watch.

    ‘In a sport in which the times are measured in hundredths of a second, she beat Giove, who took second, by 20 ticks of the clock.’
    • ‘Three seconds, three ticks of the clock, and the transformation from smoke to human was complete.’
    • ‘By using the very basis of matter, we can define the second to be 9,192,631,770 ticks of the caesium clock.’
    • ‘The tick of this pulsar clock is very regular, a sharp pulse every 0.059 second.’
    • ‘This blog started out a long time ago when what I concentrated on was the daily droplets; the tick of the clock, the squeak of the mouse, etc.’
    • ‘The obnoxious tick of the clock clicked annoyingly over the thunder itself.’
    • ‘If it hadn't have been so loud, I'd have totally counted down the seconds until freedom just by the ticks on the clock above the whiteboard.’
    • ‘The second will be defined to be so many ticks of the standard clock.’
    • ‘The grandfather clock's never ending ticks echoed throughout the pub.’
    • ‘Each tick of the clock was accompanied by the amplified sound of a human heartbeat.’
    • ‘It is an artificial construct of man that simply represents the number of ticks from a clock.’
    • ‘He argues as if a tick of the clock, viz. the arrival of the Middle Ages, could cause the widespread destruction which India suffered.’
    • ‘At this time of night, the tick of the clock synchronises itself with my heartbeat.’
    • ‘She so loves the heartbeat of a clock: the tick, the pause, the lock.’
    • ‘Women no longer fear the tick of the biological clock, as medical technology has proved that those with the money can pay to have it turned back.’
    • ‘The tireless tick of the clock could be heard during lulls in the conversation.’
    • ‘They sat silently for a few minutes, the tick of the clock on the mantle and crackling of the fire in the fireplace now very loud in the silence.’
    • ‘They seemingly had the game in hand but New Mexico State hit with just 3 ticks left on the clock before Sparks hit the money ball from the corner pocket.’
    • ‘If we need the high order positions of the number, they will be ready in two ticks (one clock cycle).’
    • ‘With just 1.8 ticks left on the clock and the ball, Pitt inserted a severely hobbled Knight into the lineup who hit the front rim on a 70-foot launch.’
    • ‘It was regular, a beat; not quite a tap, more of a tick.’
    1. 1.1British informal A moment (used especially to reassure someone that one will return or be ready very soon)
      • ‘I'll be with you in a tick’
      • ‘No, but, I mean, hang on a tick, it's how well a film can convince you of that.’
  • 2mainly British A mark (✓) used to indicate that an item in a list or text is correct or has been chosen, checked, or dealt with; a check mark.

    ‘A map of the Urus-Martan area is black from ticks and marks indicating ordnance.’
    • ‘Each feature description also included a screenshot and a tick mark indicating whether it made significant use of graphics or not.’
    • ‘Each tick mark indicates that a nucleotide within the strain differs from the consensus sequence.’
    • ‘And there's ticks and crosses to indicate everyone's preferences.’
    • ‘I have a tick with a question mark next to paragraph 93, and paragraph 94 just does not follow on the facts.’
    • ‘‘You can call the agents tomorrow,’ said Graham, poring over his to-do list, all ticks and crossings out.’
    • ‘The use of the hyphen to divide words at the ends of lines of text dates from the 14c, and evolved from a marginal tick or check mark used to show that the final word of a line was not complete.’
    • ‘A tick indicates that the sentence is true that day; a blank that it is not.’
    • ‘The translator now translates each string and switches the yellow question mark to a green tick when completed.’
    • ‘The chromosome maps are given below the images, with black tick marks indicating the position of markers.’
    • ‘Over a hundred ticks marked the space beneath the heading.’
    • ‘Then it's in or out, a tick or a cross, Mr or Ms Right or Mr / Ms No Thank You Very Much.’
    • ‘In a nursing home or ward the routine is that every patient has a care plan that is religiously filled in every day with ticks or crosses - has he eaten a balanced diet?’
    • ‘The paper then comes back with a tick or a cross on it and nothing more!’
    • ‘Graham's to-do list is now a mess of ticks and crossings-out, with only one job left to do.’
    • ‘I also have a lounge that smells pretty, and several ticks next to names on the Christmas list.’
    • ‘The tick marks on the x-axes represent genetic markers.’
    • ‘If any running column total exceeds 11, subtract 11 and put a tick mark in that column.’
    • ‘By extension, some might put a tick mark in the loss column for Rosenhaus.’
    • ‘The original entry on the record read ‘IV Anti-D’, followed by a tick.’
  • 3Stock Market
    The smallest recognized amount by which a price of a security or future may fluctuate.

    ‘If you want to further refine the trailing buy stop technique, you can lower your buy order the next day to the level one tick above the latest price bar.’
    • ‘This establishes a baseline volume for the day to which all subsequent ticks can be related.’
    • ‘If the quick dose of bullishness is sustained longer than anticipated, you can raise your sell order every day to stay within a tick of the latest low.’
    • ‘The tick up in non-performing loans in the last half year was modest - more modest, indeed, than it has been for some of Anglo's critics.’
    • ‘The 10-year bond fared somewhat better, losing 11 ticks.’
    • ‘And within an hour it had given back all of that, too - give or take a couple of ticks.’
    • ‘Professional forecasters are predicting a tick down in GDP in 2005.’
    • ‘Any tick up in interest rates spells relief for income-starved investors who have their nest eggs locked up in certificates of deposit.’
    • ‘But if the economic numbers in mid-October go up even a tick, it could be a close-run thing.’
    • ‘Firstly, a tick is any movement, up or down, however small, in the price of a security.’
    • ‘After this morning's 2-point surge on the release, the bond market closed the day down a tick.’
    • ‘Their price moves almost tick for tick with the index.’
    • ‘Let's see if this fourth installment continues the up tick.’

Pronunciation

tick

/tik/ /tɪk/

verb

  • 1no object (of a clock or other mechanical device) make regular short sharp sounds, typically one for every second of time that passes.

    ‘I could hear the clock ticking’
    • ‘All that could be heard besides the patter of raindrops against the window was the sound of the clock ticking off the seconds.’
    • ‘The calendar is loaded, the meter is ticking and that damn clock has to be fast, doesn't it?’
    • ‘She suddenly took notice of what sounded like a clock ticking.’
    • ‘We were quiet for a few minutes; the only sound was the clock ticking on the wall.’
    • ‘The clock had barely started ticking in the second period before Killie equalised.’
    • ‘As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the shocked Scots found themselves on the losing sideline for the fifth time this season and the fourth time in as many weeks.’
    • ‘Gardner and teammates watched helplessly as the final six seconds ticked off the clock.’
    • ‘The first act is played with the sound of a clock ticking and whistling wind running through it, setting a foreboding atmosphere.’
    • ‘Measuring motions in this absolute space also required a universal clock, which ticked off the seconds for all the inhabitants of the cosmos.’
    • ‘The clock on the wall ticked on, its sound echoing through the otherwise silent room.’
    • ‘I watched the clock tick off the seconds, and finally click over into place.’
    • ‘As the clock ticks in the short interview, it becomes apparent that a new line of questioning is in order before things spin out of control.’
    • ‘He slid out of bed into the darkness and picked up his cellphone, watching the numbers on the clock tick.’
    • ‘She watched the plastic hands tick off each second.’
    • ‘Instead, her eyes stayed open, staring into the dark, and she watched the luminescent numbers on her clock tick slowly by.’
    • ‘Reporters spend most of their time reporting and then as the clock ticks, start banging away at the keys.’
    • ‘I think I had watched the clock tick for 4 hours when it claimed only ten minutes had go by.’
    • ‘I sunk lower in my seat and watched the clock tick.’
    • ‘AS THE clock ticks past midnight and today moves into tomorrow, the new world rankings will be spat out from a computer in Florida.’
    • ‘Want to be fully informed as the calendar ticks over to 2003?’
    • ‘And, finally, as the clock ticks past five-thirty in the evening and you know the agent is shutting up shop for the day, realizing that you've wasted a perfectly good day.’
    click, clack, tick-tock, snick, plock, beat, tap
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  • 2mainly British with object Mark (an item) with a tick or select (a box) on a form, questionnaire, etc., to indicate that something has been chosen, checked, approved, or dealt with.

    ‘just tick the appropriate box below’
    • ‘By Sun standards this is subtle stuff but the message could not be more obvious: readers are being coaxed into ticking the box marked ‘bad outweighs good’.’
    • ‘Those stopped in the street and asked if they are ‘minded to make a big purchase’ will continue to tick the box marked ‘no’.’
    • ‘‘Those who consider themselves British, but have Irish roots, can still tick the Irish box’.’
    • ‘Participants were asked to explain why they had never used the Internet via a basic tick box.’
    • ‘He is a happy man, journey justified, as he ticks this bird off his list.’
    • ‘Most of the 600,000 are palpably unmoved, merely ticking the place off their list.’
    • ‘One day they were busy ticking the days off and I just though that's it - we're having Christmas early.’
    • ‘So you're ticking those days off on the calendar?’
    • ‘In his leather bag he has an alphabetic list which he fastidiously ticks off after each visit.’
    mark, mark off, check off, indicate
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Pronunciation

tick

/tik/ /tɪk/

Phrases

    tick all the boxes
    British informal
    • Fulfill all the necessary requirements.

      • ‘if you're after summer thrills then this ticks all the boxes’
      • ‘the new album should tick all the right boxes for their many fans’
    what makes someone tick
    informal
    • What motivates someone.

      • ‘people are curious to know what makes these men tick’
      • ‘We're good at finding out about people, what makes them tick, what they are interested in, what they have bees in their bonnets about - a key networking skill.’
      • ‘I'd like the opportunity to find out a bit what they were like as people, what makes them tick, and, you know, enjoy their company.’
      • ‘No one really knows how these people think, what makes them tick, and which of the five contenders stirs their blood.’
      • ‘I get a thrill when I can get into the male psyche and learn about what makes them tick.’
      • ‘He knows his people, what makes them tick - and why - as a result of encouraging them to talk, drawing them out and asking questions.’
      • ‘Get in the head of each person, find out what makes them tick.’
      • ‘They need work that allows them to develop deep one to one relationships with people, letting them understand others and discover what makes them tick.’
      • ‘In evaluating anyone's ability, I look at what kind of person they are first, try to find out what makes them tick, their ambitions, what switches them on.’
      • ‘It's been a joy to play Kate and to delve into what makes her tick: love, patience and a huge sense of humour.’
      • ‘His son-in-law once said to him, ‘I have asked myself what makes you tick.’’
      • ‘You come to a place in your life, though, where you really learn what makes you tick as an actress.’

Phrasal Verbs

    tick along
    • Proceed or progress.

      • ‘her book was ticking along nicely’
    tick away
    • 1(of time) pass (used especially when someone is pressed for time or keenly awaiting an event)

      • ‘the minutes were ticking away till the actor's appearance’
      1. 1.1tick something away, tick away something(of a clock or watch) mark the passing of time with regular short sharp sounds.
        • ‘the little clock ticked the precious minutes away’
    tick by
    • (of time) pass (used especially when someone is pressed for time or keenly awaiting an event)

      • ‘as the days tick by, we are still awaiting news’
    tick off
    • 1tick someone off, tick off someoneNorth American informal Make someone annoyed or angry.

      • ‘he really ticked me off’
      • ‘Jefferson was a little ticked off, but he'll come around’
      • ‘Please forgive me and know that I likewise extend forgiveness to all who have offended, insulted, irritated, or otherwise ticked me off.’
      • ‘Those girls were always doing something to tick him off, angering him more than humanly possible.’
      • ‘So at this point, was I worried about ticking them off?’
      • ‘It ticks me off to no end that they didn't even bother to send out a notification to let us hostees know that there was going to be a server move.’
      • ‘So, if any of you are ticked off by the thing, my apologies.’
      • ‘Tell me why that ticks you off, makes you feel hopeless, and makes you think I am defeatist trash.’
      • ‘Let what is deep within you come out whenever I write something that ticks you off!’
      • ‘I'll make some people mad for saying this, but I'll tell you what really ticks me off.’
      • ‘But behind the hockey pads and blender parts, there ticks a mind obsessed with ticking people off.’
      • ‘We just drive around in circles acting confused because we know how much it ticks women off.’
    • 2tick something off, tick off somethingmainly British Mark an item in a list with a tick to show that it has been dealt with.

      • ‘I ticked several items off my “to do” list’
      1. 2.1List items one by one in one's mind or during a speech.
        • ‘he ticked the points off on his fingers’
    • 3tick someone off, tick off someoneBritish informal Reprimand or rebuke someone.

      • ‘he was ticked off by Angela’
      • ‘he got a ticking off from the boss’
      • ‘Then we were ticked off for not taking enough exercise.’
      • ‘She was ticking us off for a number of administrative errors but I think she has every confidence in the leadership we give to the appointments commission.’
      • ‘Beyond the door Matron was ticking Bentham off for leaving Thomas alone and the other nurses were gathering, quizzing each other and expressing dismay.’
      • ‘When I lost the plot, I was passed to his supervisor who took great joy in ticking me off for going out of my mind over the phone.’
      • ‘On Friday night I telephoned a friend who ticked me off for having interrupted her as she watched Justin Timberlake on Top Of The Pops.’
      • ‘Later he ticked me off for not including him in on emails to the client.’
      • ‘Leon Morris spat at a retail assistant who ticked him off for being in a group that was misbehaving, a court heard at another hearing.’
      • ‘Mrs H first ticked her off for taking a silly route then offered her a hot bath.’
      • ‘You'd tick me off if I got the variety wrong but you and I know exactly what we we're talking about if I call it an ear of wheat.’
      • ‘He'd regularly tick me off for smoking, telling me I was damaging my health and I should pack it in before it was too late.’
    tick over
    • 1(of an engine) idle.

      • ‘his Mercedes was waiting for him, the engine ticking over’
      1. 1.1Work or function at a basic or minimum level.
        • ‘they are keeping things ticking over until their father returns’

Origin

Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘pat, touch’): probably of Germanic origin and related to Dutch tik (noun), tikken (verb) ‘pat, touch’. The noun was recorded in late Middle English as ‘a light tap’; current senses date from the late 17th century.

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noun

  • 1A parasitic arachnid that attaches itself to the skin of a terrestrial vertebrate from which it sucks blood, leaving the host when sated. Some species transmit diseases, including tularemia and Lyme disease.

    Suborder Ixodida, order Acarina (or Acari)

    ‘It takes 24 hours for a tick to transmit Lyme disease, so rapid removal is important.’
    • ‘Mites and ticks which feed on vertebrate hair or blood often carry disease organisms, such as spirochete bacteria, responsible for relapsing fever and Lyme disease.’
    • ‘More than a nuisance, fleas and ticks can transmit a host of pathogens and skin diseases to humans and their furry counterparts.’
    • ‘Lyme disease, a disease transmitted by ticks, is the most common insect-borne illness in the United States.’
    • ‘For example, reforestation in the United States and Europe is responsible for an increase in Lyme disease as deer ticks have more opportunities to find human hosts.’
    • ‘Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks, no bigger than a pin-head that normally live on deer.’
    • ‘It also repels and kills deer ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease.’
    • ‘Large ticks may carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, while the smaller, pinhead-size deer ticks can harbour Lyme disease.’
    • ‘With Lyme disease, embedded ticks have moved from disgusting to dangerous.’
    • ‘Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, which is most commonly spread to humans in the nymph stage of a tick's life.’
    • ‘The tick attaches itself to the skin of the host and sucks its blood.’
    • ‘And only a small percentage of people who are bitten by a deer tick get Lyme disease.’
    • ‘Those who cannot make their own fame will feed off the fame of others like a tick sucking the blood out of a dog.’
    • ‘It usually takes eight to 48 hours for a tick to transmit diseases after it's dug in.’
    • ‘Scorpions are arachnids, relatives of spiders and ticks.’
    • ‘Usually at the moment of the stinging, the ticks release anaesthetic substances, which makes the place of bite invisible and people are unaware of what has happened.’
    • ‘Typically, ticks wait on vegetation and jump on your shoes, socks, or pants when you walk by.’
    • ‘Symptoms usually appear within a week of infection but may develop up to 30 days after the tick bite.’
    • ‘Do a tick check every few hours or more often if in heavily infested areas.’
    • ‘You often pick up ticks when walking through bracken, and they're best removed quickly if they attach themselves to you.’
    1. 1.1 informal A parasitic louse fly.

Pronunciation

tick

/tik/ /tɪk/

Origin

Old English ticia, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch teek and German Zecke.

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tick3

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noun

  • 1A fabric case stuffed with feathers or other material to form a mattress or pillow.

    ‘He quickly reached the top and started throwing down ticks, pillows and blankets.’
    • ‘They reach for the money, which is very close to where Huck is standing, and move it to the straw tick under the feather bed.’
    • ‘‘Yes sir,’ she whispered as Jeeka entered the house with the full straw ticks.’
    • ‘I clambered into the straw tick ungracefully and flopped down, clothes and all.’
    • ‘She'd hidden a straw tick in the shed, and a crock of chilled butter for her welts.’
    • ‘We passed through that room and into he next where a straw tick was laid on the wooden floor.’
    1. 1.1
      short for ticking

Pronunciation

tick

/tik/ /tɪk/

Origin

Late Middle English probably Middle Low German, Middle Dutch tēke, or Middle Dutch tīke, via West Germanic from Latin theca ‘case’, from Greek thēkē.

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tick4

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noun

‘If you buy it on tick it'll be worn out before you've finished paying for it.’
  • ‘Living on tick, Adam sees nothing for it but to hop back aboard the carousel of fashionable metropolitan parties.’
  • ‘It's a sign of changed circumstances in the Valley that another growth area is the repossession of cars bought on tick, whose owners can no longer afford to keep up the repayments.’
  • ‘A miracle-worker who virtually robbed Peter to pay Paul, she'd get things on tick and then save to pay people back.’
  • ‘We are too fond of living for the day, of buying on tick and the never-never.’
  • ‘Billy puts about a million dollars worth of party things, including the biggest possible marquee, on tick.’
  • ‘What can possibly be the answer to the funding crisis facing budding start-ups wanting to get IT kit on tick?’
  • ‘It also means the good countries can operate on tick for years.’

Pronunciation

tick

/tik/ /tɪk/

Phrases

    on tick
    British informal
    • On credit.

      • ‘the printer agreed to send the brochures out on tick’

Origin

Mid 17th century apparently short for ticket in the phrase on the ticket, referring to an IOU or promise to pay.