Prick, v. i. 1. To
be punctured; to suffer or feel a sharp pain, as by puncture; as, a
sore finger pricks.
2. To spur onward; to ride on horseback.
A gentle knight was pricking on the
3. To become sharp or acid; to turn sour, as
4. To aim at a point or mark.
Prick (?), n. [AS. prica,
pricca, pricu; akin to LG. prick, pricke,
D. prik, Dan. prik, prikke, Sw. prick.
Cf. Prick, v.] 1. That
which pricks, penetrates, or punctures; a sharp and slender thing; a
pointed instrument; a goad; a spur, etc.; a point; a skewer.
Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of
It is hard for thee to kick against the
pricks. Acts ix. 5.
2. The act of pricking, or the sensation of
being pricked; a sharp, stinging pain; figuratively, remorse.
"The pricks of conscience." A. Tucker.
3. A mark made by a pointed instrument; a
puncture; a point. Hence: (a) A point or
mark on the dial, noting the hour. [Obs.] "The prick of
noon." Shak. (b) The point on a target at
which an archer aims; the mark; the pin. "They that shooten
nearest the prick." Spenser. (c) A
mark denoting degree; degree; pitch. [Obs.] "To prick of
highest praise forth to advance." Spenser. (d)
A mathematical point; -- regularly used in old English
translations of Euclid. (e) The footprint
of a hare. [Obs.]
4. (Naut.) A small roll; as, a
prick of spun yarn; a prick of tobacco.
Prick (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Pricked (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Pricking.] [AS. prician; akin to LG. pricken, D.
prikken, Dan. prikke, Sw. pricka. See
Prick, n., and cf. Prink,
Prig.] 1. To pierce slightly with a sharp-
pointed instrument or substance; to make a puncture in, or to make by
puncturing; to drive a fine point into; as, to prick one with a
pin, needle, etc.; to prick a card; to prick holes in
2. To fix by the point; to attach or hang by
puncturing; as, to prick a knife into a board. Sir I.
The cooks prick it [a slice] on a prong of
3. To mark or denote by a puncture; to
designate by pricking; to choose; to mark; -- sometimes with
Some who are pricked for sheriffs.
Let the soldiers for duty be carefully pricked
off. Sir W. Scott.
Those many, then, shall die: their names are
4. To mark the outline of by puncturing; to
trace or form by pricking; to mark by punctured dots; as, to
prick a pattern for embroidery; to prick the notes of a
musical composition. Cowper.
5. To ride or guide with spurs; to spur; to
goad; to incite; to urge on; -- sometimes with on, or
Who pricketh his blind horse over the
The season pricketh every gentle
My duty pricks me on to utter that.
6. To affect with sharp pain; to sting, as
with remorse. "I was pricked with some reproof."
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in
their heart. Acts ii. 37.
7. To make sharp; to erect into a point; to
raise, as something pointed; -- said especially of the ears of an
animal, as a horse or dog; and usually followed by up; --
hence, to prick up the ears, to listen sharply; to have the
attention and interest strongly engaged. "The courser . . .
pricks up his ears." Dryden.
8. To render acid or pungent. [Obs.]
9. To dress; to prink; -- usually with
10. (Naut) (a) To run a
middle seam through, as the cloth of a sail. (b)
To trace on a chart, as a ship's course.
11. (Far.) (a) To drive
a nail into (a horse's foot), so as to cause lameness.
(b) To nick.