Word Explorer
Children's Dictionary


parts of speech:
noun, verb
what makes one tick
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the repeated clicking sound of a watch or clock.
The tick of the clock kept me awake all night long.
definition 2: a small check or other mark made next to an item on a list.
I put a tick next to the words on my spelling list that I need to study.
part of speech: verb
inflections: ticks, ticking, ticked
definition 1: to make a sound like the tick of a clock.
If you're very quiet, you can hear my watch tick.
definition 2: to pass, as time.
The minutes ticked away as I waited for the bus.
definition 3: to check or mark (usually followed by "off").
I ticked off the words on my spelling list when I was sure that I knew them.
phrase: what makes one tick