The definition of a tick is a recurring noise.(noun)
An example of a tick is the sound of a watch or clock.
To tick means to create a consistent noise or beat.(verb)
An example of to tick is for a clock to make a noise every second.
See tick in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: from the time needed for one tick of a clockBrit., Informal moment; instant
Origin: ME tek, prob. < Gmc echoic base > Du tikk, MHG zicken, to tick
Origin: ME teke < OE ticia (? for ticca), akin to MDu teke, Ger zecke < IE base *deiĝh-, to prickle, itch > Arm tiz, tick, MIr dega, stag beetle
Origin: LME tykke, akin to MDu tyke, both prob. < early WGmc borrowing < L theca, a cover, sheath: see theca
Origin: contr. < ticket
See tick in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English tek, light tap.
Origin: Middle English teke, tik
Origin: , perhaps from Old English *ticca.
Origin: Middle English tikke
Origin: , probably from Middle Dutch tīke
Origin: , ultimately from Latin thēca, receptacle
Origin: , from Greek thēkē; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Short for ticket.
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