from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of piercing or pricking.
- n. The sensation of being pierced or pricked.
- n. A persistent or sharply painful feeling of sorrow or remorse.
- n. A small, sharp, local pain, such as that made by a needle or bee sting.
- n. A small mark or puncture made by a pointed object.
- n. A pointed object, such as an ice pick, goad, or thorn.
- n. A hare's track or footprint.
- n. Vulgar Slang A penis.
- n. Vulgar Slang A person regarded as highly unpleasant, especially a male.
- transitive v. To puncture lightly.
- transitive v. To affect with a mental or emotional pang, as of sorrow or remorse: His conscience began to prick him.
- transitive v. To impel as if with a spur; urge on.
- transitive v. To mark or delineate on a surface by means of small punctures: prick a pattern on a board.
- transitive v. To pierce the quick of (a horse's hoof) while shoeing.
- transitive v. To transplant (seedlings, for example) before final planting.
- transitive v. To cause to stand erect or point upward: The dogs pricked their ears.
- intransitive v. To pierce or puncture something or cause a pricking feeling.
- intransitive v. To feel a pang or twinge from or as if from being pricked.
- intransitive v. To spur a horse on.
- intransitive v. To ride at a gallop.
- intransitive v. To stand erect; point upward: The dog's ears pricked at the noise.
- prick off Nautical To measure with dividers on a chart.
- idiom prick up (one's) ears To listen with attentive interest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be punctured; to suffer or feel a sharp pain, as by puncture.
- v. To run a middle seam through the cloth of a sail. (The Universal Dictionary of the English Language, 1896)
- v. To become sharp or acid; to turn sour, as wine.
- v. To aim at a point or mark.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which pricks, penetrates, or punctures; a sharp and slender thing; a pointed instrument; a goad; a spur, etc.; a point; a skewer.
- n. The act of pricking, or the sensation of being pricked; a sharp, stinging pain; figuratively, remorse.
- n. A mark made by a pointed instrument; a puncture; a point.
- n. A point or mark on the dial, noting the hour.
- n. The point on a target at which an archer aims; the mark; the pin.
- n. A mark denoting degree; degree; pitch.
- n. A mathematical point; -- regularly used in old English translations of Euclid.
- n. The footprint of a hare.
- n. A small roll
- intransitive v. To be punctured; to suffer or feel a sharp pain, as by puncture.
- intransitive v. To spur onward; to ride on horseback.
- intransitive v. To become sharp or acid; to turn sour, as wine.
- intransitive v. To aim at a point or mark.
- transitive v. To pierce slightly with a sharp-pointed instrument or substance; to make a puncture in, or to make by puncturing; to drive a fine point into
- transitive v. To fix by the point; to attach or hang by puncturing.
- transitive v. To mark or denote by a puncture; to designate by pricking; to choose; to mark; -- sometimes with off.
- transitive v. To mark the outline of by puncturing; to trace or form by pricking; to mark by punctured dots
- transitive v. To ride or guide with spurs; to spur; to goad; to incite; to urge on; -- sometimes with on, or off.
- transitive v. To affect with sharp pain; to sting, as with remorse.
- transitive v. To make sharp; to erect into a point; to raise, as something pointed; -- said especially of the ears of an animal, as a horse or dog; and usually followed by up; -- hence, to prick up the ears, to listen sharply; to have the attention and interest strongly engaged.
- transitive v. To render acid or pungent.
- transitive v. To dress; to prink; -- usually with up.
- transitive v.
- transitive v. To run a middle seam through, as the cloth of a sail.
- transitive v. To trace on a chart, as a ship's course.
- transitive v.
- transitive v. To drive a nail into (a horse's foot), so as to cause lameness.
- transitive v. To nick.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pierce with a sharp point; puncture; wound.
- To fix or insert by the point: as, to prick a knife into a board.
- To transfix or impale.
- To fasten by means of a pin or other pointed instrument; stick.
- To pick out with or as with a needle.
- To spur, as a horse; hence, to stimulate to action; goad; incite; impel.
- To affect with sharp pain; sting, as with remorse or sorrow.
- To cause to point upward; erect: said chiefly of the ears, and primarily of the pointed ears of certain animals, as the horse: generally with up: hence, to prick up the ears, to listen with eager attention, or evince eager attention.
- To stick upon by way of decoration; stick full, as of flowers or feathers; hence, to decorate; adorn; prink.
- To place a point, dot, or similar mark upon; mark.
- To designate by a mark or dot; hence, to choose or select. Compare pricking for sheriffs, under pricking.
- To mark or trace by puncturing.
- To trace or track by the marks or footsteps, as a hare.
- Nautical, to run a middle seam through the cloth of (a sail).
- To aim, as at a point or mark.
- To give a sensation as of being pricked or punctured with a sharp point; also, to have such a sensation.
- To spur on; ride rapidly; post; speed.
- To point upward; stand erect.
- To dress one's self for show; prink.
- To germinate.
- To become acid or sour.
- n. A slender pointed instrument or other thing capable of puncturing; something sharp-pointed.
- n. A thorn; spine; prickle.
- n. A skewer.
- n. A goad. [Obsolete or prov. Eng.] The penis. [Low.] A kind of eel-spear. [Eng.]
- n. Same as pricket, 1.
- n. A point; dot; small mark.
- n. Specifically— A mark used in writing or printing, as a vowel-point or a comma.
- n. In archery, the point in the center of a target at which aim is taken; the white; also, the target itself, or, in the plural, a pair of targets, one at the top and the other at the bottom of the range.
- n. A mark on a dial noting the hour; hence, a point of time.
- n. A mark denoting degree; pitch; point.
- n. A mathematical point.
- n. In music, a note or point: so called from the dot or mark that formed its head.
- n. The act or process of puncturing or pricking.
- n. A puncture.
- n. The print of the foot of a hare or deer on the ground.
- n. plural In tanning, an appearance as of minute punctures in hides soaked in water until decomposition begins.
- n. Figuratively, that which pierces, stings, goads, or incites the mind.
- n. A small roll: as, a prick of spun-yarn; a prick of tobacco.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
- n. insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
- v. deliver a sting to
- n. the act of puncturing with a small point
- v. raise
- v. to cause a sharp emotional pain
- v. cause a prickling sensation
- v. cause a stinging pain
- v. stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
- n. obscene terms for penis
- n. a depression scratched or carved into a surface
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