- 1 1.1 (sound) tick, tockExample sentences1.2 (moment)
(British English) [colloquial]wait a ticksegundito (masculine)I'll be back in half a tick o in a tick o in two ticksespera un segunditoenseguida vuelvoExample sentences
- In a sport in which the times are measured in hundredths of a second, she beat Giove, who took second, by 20 ticks of the clock.
- Three seconds, three ticks of the clock, and the transformation from smoke to human was complete.
- By using the very basis of matter, we can define the second to be 9,192,631,770 ticks of the caesium clock.
- No, but, I mean, hang on a tick, it's how well a film can convince you of that.
- 2 (mark)(British English)Example sentences
- A map of the Urus-Martan area is black from ticks and marks indicating ordnance.
- Each feature description also included a screenshot and a tick mark indicating whether it made significant use of graphics or not.
- Each tick mark indicates that a nucleotide within the strain differs from the consensus sequence.
- (clock/watch)what makes somebody tickI'd like to know what makes him tickhacer tictacme gustaría saber qué es lo que lo mueve or por qué es como esExample sentences
- All that could be heard besides the patter of raindrops against the window was the sound of the clock ticking off the seconds.
- The calendar is loaded, the meter is ticking and that damn clock has to be fast, doesn't it?
- She suddenly took notice of what sounded like a clock ticking.
- (British English) (name/answer) o una marca etc))tick the correct boxto tick all the boxes, to tick all the right boxesponga un visto en la casilla correspondientemarque la casilla correspondienterellenar todos los requisitosExample sentences
- By Sun standards this is subtle stuff but the message could not be more obvious: readers are being coaxed into ticking the box marked ‘bad outweighs good’.
- Those stopped in the street and asked if they are ‘minded to make a big purchase’ will continue to tick the box marked ‘no’.
- ‘Those who consider themselves British, but have Irish roots, can still tick the Irish box’.
- → tick by
- (Zoology)Example sentences
- It takes 24 hours for a tick to transmit Lyme disease, so rapid removal is important.
- Mites and ticks which feed on vertebrate hair or blood often carry disease organisms, such as spirochete bacteria, responsible for relapsing fever and Lyme disease.
- More than a nuisance, fleas and ticks can transmit a host of pathogens and skin diseases to humans and their furry counterparts.
- 1.1 countable (fabric case)Example sentences1.2 uncountable (fabric) → ticking 2
- He quickly reached the top and started throwing down ticks, pillows and blankets.
- They reach for the money, which is very close to where Huck is standing, and move it to the straw tick under the feather bed.
- ‘Yes sir,’ she whispered as Jeeka entered the house with the full straw ticks.
- uncountable (credit) (British English) [colloquial]to buy something on tickcomprar algo (de) fiado [colloquial]Example sentences
- If you buy it on tick it'll be worn out before you've finished paying for it.
- Living on tick, Adam sees nothing for it but to hop back aboard the carousel of fashionable metropolitan parties.
- It's a sign of changed circumstances in the Valley that another growth area is the repossession of cars bought on tick, whose owners can no longer afford to keep up the repayments.
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