prick: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (prik), [key]
- a puncture made by a needle, thorn, or the like.
- a sharp point; prickle.
- the act of pricking: the prick of a needle.
- the state or sensation of being pricked.
- a sharp pain caused by or as if by being pricked; twinge.
- the pointed end of a prickspur.
- an obnoxious or contemptible person.
- a goad for oxen.
- a small or minute mark, a dot, or a point.
- any pointed instrument or weapon.
- to resist incontestable facts or authority; protest uselessly: In appealing the case again, you will just be kicking against the pricks.
- to pierce with a sharp point; puncture.
- to affect with sharp pain, as from piercing.
- to cause sharp mental pain to; sting, as with remorse, anger, etc.: His conscience pricked him.
- to urge on with or as if with a goad or spur: My duty pricks me on.
- to mark (a surface) with pricks or dots in tracing something.
- to mark or trace (something) on a surface by pricks or dots.
- to cause to stand erect or point upward (usually fol. by up): The dog pricked his ears at the sound of the bell.
- to prick a horse's tail.
- to lame (a horse) by driving a nail improperly into its hoof.
- to nick:to prick a horse's tail.
- to measure (distance, the size of an area, etc.) on a chart with dividers (usually fol. by off).
- to transplant (a seedling) into a container that provides more room for growth (usually fol. by out or off).
- to perform the action of piercing or puncturing something.
- to have a sensation of being pricked.
- to spur or urge a horse on; ride rapidly.
- to rise erect or point upward, as the ears of an animal (usually fol. by up).
- to become very alert; listen attentively: The reporter pricked up his ears at the prospect of a scoop.
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