Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The ticking sound made by a clock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The ticking sound of a clock
  • n. A news story that recounts events in chronological order (Journalism)

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

  • v. make a sound like a clock or a timer
  • n. steady recurrent ticking sound as made by a clock

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • You have been doing some reporting on what we call the ticktock and specifically his wife, Elizabeth?

    CNN Transcript Jan 30, 2008

  • I've been getting many questions from the press, as is appropriate at a time like this, for what the press calls ticktock, or what people understand as, "Tell us everything that happened and every step along the way, how decisions were made," which of course an issue of very important historical value.

    CNN Transcript Mar 20, 2003

  • First, recall Intel's "ticktock" product-and-process cadence, a term that company President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini used in 2006.

    The Gadgeteer

  • Because, as part of a remarkable public relations campaign, the White House released a three-page "ticktock," a newspaper term of art for a minute-by-minute reconstruction of how momentous events unfolded.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The ticktock of the clock on the wall mirrored the sound of my heart.

    Haven

  • The bomb-laden truck that rams into the compound on Aug. 19, 2003, leads to the film's other track -- a ticktock of a terrorist act and its immediate, grisly aftermath -- which is certainly more gripping, and where "Sergio" finds its most tragic metaphors and strongest news footage.

    TV preview: 'Sergio,' a documentary about U.N. diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello

  • From that moment she had never taken it off; even at night the angel lay against her chest as she slept, its constant ticktock, ticktock like the beating of a second heart.

    Clockwork Angel

  • Thomas Carlyle thoughtful thriller ticktock man tim burton

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • Ticktock ticktock went the thousand watches, each in a hulu gyre, reflecting this way and that against their orbit as they rotated slickly through the light patterns.

    Dead Zero

  • One time my mother had filled a bathtub with bits and pieces of the ocean: a collage of ash-gray barnacles lined up like toy soldiers, a small flock of ghost crabs that hoisted themselves across the tub with weary ticktock steps, old men in their shells.

    The Gin Closet

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