(noun, verb)


1. a metallic tapping sound

- he counted the ticks of the clock

Similar word(s): ticking

Definition categories: event, sound

2. any of two families of small parasitic arachnids with barbed proboscis; feed on blood of warm-blooded animals

Definition categories: animal, acarine

3. a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.

Similar word(s): check

Definition categories: communication, mark

4. a light mattress

Definition categories: man–made, mattress

Sentences with tick as a noun:

- The steady tick of the clock provided a comforting background for the conversation.

- At midday, the long bond is up a tick.

- I'll be back in a tick.

- Indicate that you are willing to receive marketing material by putting a tick in the box


1. make a clicking or ticking sound

- The clock ticked away

Similar word(s): click

Definition categories: perception, go, sound

2. make a sound like a clock or a timer

- the clocks were ticking

Similar word(s): beat, ticktack, ticktock

Definition categories: perception, go, sound

3. sew

- tick a mattress

Similar word(s): retick

Definition categories: contact, sew, stitch

4. put a check mark on or near or next to

- tick off the items

Similar word(s): check, mark

Definition categories: cognition, verify

Sentences with tick as a verb:

- He took the computer apart to see how it ticked.

- I wonder what makes her tick.