Tick, n. 1. A quick,
audible beat, as of a clock.
2. Any small mark intended to direct attention to
something, or to serve as a check. Dickens.
3. (Zoöl.) The whinchat; -- so called
from its note. [Prov. Eng.]
Death tick. (Zoöl.) See
Tick, v. i. 1. To go on
trust, or credit.
2. To give tick; to trust.
Tick, n. [OE. tike, teke; akin
to D. teek, G. zecke. Cf. Tike a tick.]
(Zoöl.) (a) 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. (b) 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
Tick bean, a small bean used for feeding horses
and other animals. -- Tick trefoil (Bot.),
a name given to many plants of the leguminous genus Desmodium,
which have trifoliate leaves, and joined pods roughened with minute hooked
hairs by which the joints adhere to clothing and to the fleece of
Tick (?), n. [Abbrev. from ticket.]
Credit; trust; as, to buy on, or upon, tick.
Tick, n. [LL. techa, teca, L.
theca case, Gr. ?, fr. ? to put. See Thesis.]
1. The cover, or case, of a bed, mattress, etc., which
contains the straw, feathers, hair, or other filling.
2. Ticking. See Ticking,
Tick, v. t. To check off by means of a
tick or any small mark; to score.
When I had got all my responsibilities down upon my list, I
compared each with the bill and ticked it off.
Tick, v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Ticked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Ticking.]
[Probably of imitative origin; cf. D. tikken, LG. ticken.]
1. To make a small or repeating noise by beating or
otherwise, as a watch does; to beat.
2. To strike gently; to pat.
Stand not ticking and toying at the