Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of prick.
  • n. The act of piercing or puncturing with a sharp point.
  • n. The driving of a nail into a horse's foot so as to produce lameness.
  • n. A nicking.
  • n. The mark or trace left by a hare's foot; a prick.
  • n. The act of tracing a hare by its footmarks.
  • n. Dressing oneself for show; prinking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of piercing or puncturing with a sharp point.
  • n.
  • n. The driving of a nail into a horse's foot so as to produce lameness.
  • n. Same as Nicking.
  • n. A sensation of being pricked.
  • n. The mark or trace left by a hare's foot; a prick; also, the act of tracing a hare by its footmarks.
  • n. Dressing one's self for show; prinking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of piercing with a sharp point; a stinging or tingling sensation.
  • n. Specifically, in farriery: The act of driving a nail into a horse's foot with the result of causing lameness.
  • n. The making of an incision at the root of a horse's tail to cause him to carry it higher. See nick, transitive verb
  • n. Musical notation.
  • n. The prick or mark left by the foot of an animal, as a hare or deer; also, the act of tracking an animal by such marks.
  • n. The condition of becoming sour, as wine.
  • n. plural The slips of evergreens with which the churches are decorated from Christmas eve to the eve of Candlemas day. Halliwell.
  • n. Nautical, an English term referring to the propulsion of a punt in shallow water by means of a long pole thrust against the bottom. In America it is called punting, or poling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of puncturing with a small point

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Examples

  • I take great pleasure in pricking each berry with a needle in several places then dropping them into a bottle with sugar and gin, but others like to freeze the sloes in a plastic bag then bash them hard with a hammer or rolling pin.

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  • As the Roman Virginius stood with his sword pricking the flesh over the heart of his beloved daughter, so do I stand ready to destroy my offspring rather than suffer its dishonor at the hands of any Appius Claudius.

    The Lever A Novel

  • Africa, the fashion is merely to raise the epidermis by a slight pricking, which is described as affording rather a pleasurable excitement.

    John Rutherford, the White Chief

  • Harris and Snelling were placed under keepers, who amused themselves by tormenting their unhappy prisoners in various ways; such as pricking them with their knives, cutting off small pieces of their ears and fingers, and pulling out clumps of their hair.

    The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844 Volume 23, Number 2

  • He watched the tramp hobbling painfully into the distance, and in his pale blue eyes came that pricking which is of tears.

    A Sheaf of Corn

  • All about us billowed a profusion of wild beauty; and though for a long time there was nothing alive in sight except a flock of bright pink sheep, my stage-managing fancy called up knights of the round table, "pricking" o'er the downs on their panoplied steeds to the rescue of fair, distressed damsels.

    Set in Silver

  • Charles Payne, or Goddard, their opinion of "pricking" a fox.

    Border and Bastille

  • The ancient practice of "pricking" a name on a piece of parchment presented to Her Majesty at a meeting of the Privy Council is how she gives her assent to that individual becoming a High Sheriff.

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  • The Brits actually thought they could defeat the Nazis by "pricking" them to death.

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  • Anybody who has been much by himself in the woods has had it; or sometime, when you are all alone in the house, all at once there comes a kind of pricking of your skin and a tightness in your chest, not at all unpleasant, and a kind of feeling that the furniture has its eye on you, or that some one behind your shoulder is about to speak, and immediately after that something happens.

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