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[tik-er] /ˈtɪk ər/
a telegraphic receiving instrument that automatically prints stock prices, market reports, etc., on a paper tape.
a person or thing that ticks.
Slang. a watch.
Slang. the heart.
1820-30; 1880-85 for def 4; tick1 + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ticker
  • Even though heart attacks may not be deadly, they can leave your ticker damaged.
  • The astronauts could come home to ticker tape parades.
  • So long as theories of trading patterns could be developed, it wouldn't matter what lies beneath a ticker symbol.
  • Sometimes, they have responded by changing their ticker symbols.
  • Mounds of confetti and ticker-tape in the streets bear a spooky resemblance to the debris of the attacks ten years later.
  • Instead of a search bar, there are friends' ticker feeds.
  • Take a deep breath, then enter a ticker symbol to see a real-time quote.
  • Tracking your ticker sometimes seems more trouble than it's worth.
  • He also came up with the heart stent that keeps our current vice president's ticker going.
  • Grab the horizontal bar between the ticker and the chat window below it.
British Dictionary definitions for ticker


  1. the heart
  2. a watch
a person or thing that ticks
(stock exchange) the US word for tape machine (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for ticker

1821, "something that ticks," from tick (2); slang meaning "heart" first recorded 1930. Ticker tape (1902) is from ticker "telegraphic device for recording stock market quotations, etc." (1883).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ticker

tick 3

Related Terms

tight as a tick

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for ticker

high-speed means of reporting information on securities transactions. It provides the stock symbol, number of shares, and price of each transaction; these are transmitted to tickers at brokerage houses. The first stock ticker, which printed transactions on a long ribbon of paper, was developed at the New York Stock Exchange in 1867 (prior to this, information had been carried by mail or messenger). Thomas A. Edison improved the machine in 1869, and it remained relatively unchanged until a faster ticker, printing 500 characters per minute, was developed in 1930. In 1964 a variable-speed ticker-printing up to 900 characters per minute and capable of handling 10 million shares per day without a tape delay-was put into operation. The ticker was first linked to a computer system in 1965, and this made it possible for a transaction to appear on the ticker tape within seconds after the trade was executed on the floor of the exchange. Most major securities markets around the world allow time-delayed online access to their tickers. The first ticker-tape parade took place in New York City in 1886; it occurred spontaneously as onlookers showered ticker tape onto a parade celebrating the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.

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