American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A steady ticking sound, as of a clock.
- n. A prankster's device for tapping on a door or window from a distance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pulsating sound like that made by a clock or watch; a ticking.
- n. Specifically, the sound of the beating of the heart.
- n. A device employed in playing certain practical jokes, consisting of a small weight so fastened that one at a distance can, by pulling a string, cause the weight to tap against the house or window.
- With a sound resembling the beating of a watch.
- n. A complicated kind of backgammon, played both with men and with pegs. Compare trick-track, and see the third quotation below.
- interj. Dated form of tick tock.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A noise like that made by a clock or a watch.
- n. A kind of backgammon played both with men and pegs; tricktrack.
- adv. With a ticking noise, like that of a watch.
- n. system of signalling by hand signs used by bookmakers at racetracks
- v. make a sound like a clock or a timer
- Imitative. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The ticktack sound of ice bouncing off ice filled the world, and the temperature plummeted even lower.”
“And Thursday you wrap it up is that a fair ticktack, as they say?”
“We have all of our people here, we have Dana Bash, Suzanne Malveaux, who will be giving us the back-and-forth and the ticktack about what happened last night.”
“The engineer was leaning on one arm, with his head out of the cab window, and Hemenway nodded as he passed and hurried into the ticket office, where the ticktack of a conversation by telegraph was soon under way.”
“Verily, to such measure and ticktack, it liketh neither to dance nor to stand still.”
“To small virtues would they fain lure and laud me; to the ticktack of small happiness would they fain persuade my foot.”
“Two o'clock sounded from the church-tower near by, and then the solemn and terrible silence was only broken by the hard breathing of the unconscious man and the implacable ticktack of the clock on the mantel-shelf, numbering the seconds which were left for him to live.”
‘ticktack’ hasn't been added to any lists yet.
Looking for tweets for ticktack.