ticking

[tik-ing]
noun
1.
a strong cotton fabric, usually twilled, used especially in making cloth ticks.
2.
a similar cloth in satin weave or Jacquard, used especially for mattress covers.

Origin:
1635–45; tick3 + -ing1

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tick

1 [tik]
noun
1.
a slight, sharp, recurring click, tap, or beat, as of a clock.
2.
Chiefly British Informal. a moment or instant.
3.
a small dot, mark, check, or electronic signal, as used to mark off an item on a list, serve as a reminder, or call attention to something.
4.
Stock Exchange.
a.
a movement in the price of a stock, bond, or option.
b.
the smallest possible tick on a given exchange.
5.
Manège. a jumping fault consisting of a light touch of a fence with one or more feet.
6.
a small contrasting spot of color on the coat of a mammal or the feathers of a bird.
verb (used without object)
7.
to emit or produce a tick, like that of a clock.
8.
to pass as with ticks of a clock: The hours ticked by.
verb (used with object)
9.
to sound or announce by a tick or ticks: The clock ticked the minutes.
10.
to mark with a tick or ticks; check (usually followed by off ); to tick off the items on the memo.
Verb phrases
11.
tick off, Slang.
a.
to make angry: His mistreatment of the animals really ticked me off.
b.
Chiefly British. to scold severely: The manager will tick you off if you make another mistake.
Idioms
12.
what makes one tick, the motive or explanation of one's behavior: The biographer failed to show what made Herbert Hoover tick.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English tek little touch; akin to Dutch tik a touch, pat, Norwegian tikka to touch or shove slightly. See tickle

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tick1 (tɪk)
 
n
1.  a recurrent metallic tapping or clicking sound, such as that made by a clock or watch
2.  informal (Brit) a moment or instant
3.  a mark (√) or dash used to check off or indicate the correctness of something
4.  commerce the smallest increment of a price fluctuation in a commodity exchange. Tick size is usually 0.01% of the nominal value of the trading unit
 
vb (when tr, often foll by off)
5.  to produce a recurrent tapping sound or indicate by such a sound: the clock ticked the minutes away
6.  to mark or check (something, such as a list) with a tick
7.  informal what makes someone tick the basic drive or motivation of a person
 
[C13: from Low German tikk touch; related to Old High German zekōn to pluck, Norwegian tikke to touch]

tick2 (tɪk)
 
n
1.  See also sheep tick any of various small parasitic arachnids of the families Ixodidae (hard ticks) and Argasidae (soft ticks), typically living on the skin of warm-blooded animals and feeding on the blood and tissues of their hosts: order Acarina (mites and ticks)Related: acaroid
2.  any of certain other arachnids of the order Acarina
3.  any of certain insects of the dipterous family Hippoboscidae that are ectoparasitic on horses, cattle, sheep, etc, esp the sheep ked
 
Related: acaroid
 
[Old English ticca; related to Middle High German zeche tick, Middle Irish dega stag beetle]

tick3 (tɪk)
 
n
1.  the strong covering of a pillow, mattress, etc
2.  informal short for ticking
 
[C15: probably from Middle Dutch tīke; related to Old High German ziecha pillow cover, Latin tēca case, Greek thēkē]

tick4 (tɪk)
 
n
informal (Brit) account or credit (esp in the phrase on tick)
 
[C17: shortened from ticket]

ticking (ˈtɪkɪŋ)
 
n
a strong cotton fabric, often striped, used esp for mattress and pillow covers
 
[C17: from tick³]

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Word Origin & History

tick
"parasitic animal," O.E. ticia, from W.Gmc. *tik- (cf. M.Du. teke, Du. teek, O.H.G. zecho, Ger. Zecke "tick"), of unknown origin. Fr. tique (1464), It. zecca are Gmc. loan-words.

tick
1440, "light touch or tap," probably cognate with Du. tik, M.H.G. zic, and perhaps echoic. Meaning "sound made by a clock" is probably first recorded 1549; tick-tock is recorded from 1848. To tick (someone) off is recorded from 1915, originally "to reprimand, scold;" meaning "to annoy" is recorded from
1975.

ticking
"cloth covering for mattresses or pillows," 1649, from tyke (modern tick) with the same meaning (1342), probably from M.Du. tike, a W.Gmc. borrowing of L. theca "case," from Gk. theke "a case, box, cover, sheath" (see 'theco-).

tick
"credit," 1642, shortening of ticket (q.v.).
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Medical Dictionary

tick 2 (tĭk)
n.

  1. Any of numerous small bloodsucking parasitic arachnids of the families Ixodidae and Argasidae, many of which transmit febrile diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and lyme disease.

  2. Any of various usually wingless, louselike insects of the family Hippobosciddae that are parasitic on sheep, goats, and other animals.

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Science Dictionary
tick   (tĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of numerous small, parasitic arachnids of the suborder Ixodida that feed on the blood of animals. Like their close relatives the mites and unlike spiders, ticks have no division between cephalothorax and abdomen. Ticks differ from mites by being generally larger and having a sensory pit at the end of their first pair of legs. Many ticks transmit febrile diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
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Example sentences
The clock is always ticking on fresh produce, meat and anything from a cow.
Hidden beneath the ocean waves lies a ticking time bomb.
Time is ticking as the crew gathers wood to build makeshift walkways that will
  be used to cross over the mucky marsh.
Perhaps some millennial spillover runs through the makeup of what is now one of
  the world's ticking hot spots.
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