Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small hard pointed outgrowth of the epidermis of a plant, in contrast to a modified plant organ such as a spine or thorn.
  • noun A spine, thorn, or other small sharp structure.
  • noun A tingling or pricking sensation.
  • intransitive verb To feel a tingling or pricking sensation.
  • intransitive verb To rise or stand up like prickles.
  • intransitive verb To cause a tingling or pricking sensation in.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To prick or puncture slightly; pierce with fine sharp points.
  • To cause a pricking sensation in: said of the skin.
  • To cover with pricks or points; dot.
  • To be prickly.
  • noun A little prick; a small sharp point; in botany, a small sharp-pointed conical process growing from the bark only, as in the rose and blackberry, and thus distinguished from the spine or thorn, which is usually a modified branch or leaf growing from the wood of the plant.
  • noun A sharp-pointed process or projection, as from the skin of an animal; a spine.
  • noun The sensation of being pricked or stung.
  • noun A kind of basket: still used in some trades. See the second quotation.
  • noun A sieve of filberts, containing about half of a hundredweight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A little prick; a small, sharp point; a fine, sharp process or projection, as from the skin of an animal, the bark of a plant, etc.; a spine.
  • noun A kind of willow basket; -- a term still used in some branches of trade.
  • noun engraving A sieve of filberts, -- about fifty pounds.
  • transitive verb To prick slightly, as with prickles, or fine, sharp points.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small, sharp pointed object, such as a thorn.
  • noun A tingling sensation of mild discomfort.
  • verb intransitive To feel a prickle.
  • verb transitive To cause someone to feel a prickle.

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

  • verb make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
  • noun a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
  • verb cause a stinging or tingling sensation
  • verb cause a prickling sensation

Etymologies

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

[Middle English prikel, from Old English pricel.]

Examples

  • It took my editor to point out to me that I’d made the protagonist’s skin prickle at least six times in my current ms.

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  • He opened his eyes and found him self lying on the merge of the cold-water tank, amongst a crowd of people all laughing at him; for his prickle was at point and the napkin had slipped from his middle.

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  • These are known as prickle cells because of the bridges by which they are connected to one another.

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  • Ezek. 28: 24, sallon ', properly a "prickle," such as is found on the shoots of the palm tree.

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  • The prickle of a ward rushed over me, and I felt myself wincing in expectation.

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  • The prickle of a ward rushed over me, and I felt myself wincing in expectation.

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  • Tara could feel the vibration crawling along her skin underneath her suit, the prickle of radiation that felt like standing too close to a stereo speaker.

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  • I pushed aside the prickle of guilt, willing him to continue.

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  • I pushed aside the prickle of guilt, willing him to continue.

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