Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Dated form of tick tock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With a ticking noise, like that of a watch.
  • n. A noise like that made by a clock or a watch.
  • n. A kind of backgammon played both with men and pegs; tricktrack.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With a sound resembling the beating of a watch.
  • 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.
  • n. A complicated kind of backgammon, played both with men and with pegs. Compare trick-track, and see the third quotation below.

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

  • n. system of signalling by hand signs used by bookmakers at racetracks
  • v. make a sound like a clock or a timer

Etymologies

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

Imitative.

Examples

  • The ticktack sound of ice bouncing off ice filled the world, and the temperature plummeted even lower.

    Kings of Colorado

  • And Thursday you wrap it up is that a fair ticktack, as they say?

    CNN Transcript Aug 31, 2008

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Sep 27, 2008

  • 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.

    The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories

  • Verily, to such measure and ticktack, it liketh neither to dance nor to stand still.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

  • To small virtues would they fain lure and laud me; to the ticktack of small happiness would they fain persuade my foot.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

  • 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.

    The Count's Millions

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