trick: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (trik), [key]
— n.
  1. a crafty or underhanded device, maneuver, stratagem, or the like, intended to deceive or cheat; artifice; ruse; wile.
  2. an optical illusion: It must have been some visual trick caused by the flickering candlelight.
  3. a roguish or mischievous act; practical joke; prank: She likes to play tricks on her friends.
  4. a mean, foolish, or childish action.
  5. a clever or ingenious device or expedient; adroit technique: the tricks of the trade.
  6. the art or knack of doing something skillfully: You seem to have mastered the trick of making others laugh.
  7. a clever or dexterous feat intended to entertain, amuse, etc.: He taught his dog some amazing tricks.
  8. a feat of magic or legerdemain: card tricks.
  9. a behavioral peculiarity; trait; habit; mannerism.
  10. a period of duty or turn; stint; tour of duty: I relieved the pilot after he had completed his trick at the wheel.
    1. the group or set of cards played and won in one round.
    2. a point or scoring unit.
    3. a card that is a potential winner. Cf. honor trick.
  11. a child or young girl: a pretty little trick.
    1. a prostitute's customer.
    2. a sexual act between a prostitute and a customer.
    1. a preliminary sketch of a coat of arms.
    2. See engraver's trick.
  12. to achieve the desired effect or result: Another turn of the pliers should do the trick.
  13. (of a prostitute) to engage in a sexual act with a customer.
  1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or involving tricks: trick shooting.
  2. designed or used for tricks: a trick chair.
  3. (of a joint) inclined to stiffen or weaken suddenly and unexpectedly: a trick shoulder.
  1. to deceive by trickery.
  2. to indicate the tinctures of (a coat of arms) with engraver's tricks.
  3. to cheat or swindle (usually fol. by out of&hasp;): to trick someone out of an inheritance.
  4. to beguile by trickery (usually fol. by into).
  1. to practice trickery or deception; cheat.
  2. to play tricks; trifle (usually fol. by with).
  3. to engage in sexual acts for hire.
  4. to embellish or adorn with or as if with ornaments or other attention-getting devices.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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