Lick v. t. [imp. & p. p. Licked p. pr. & vb. n. Licking.]
1. To draw or pass the tongue over; as, a dog licks his master's hand.
2. To lap; to take in with the tongue; as, a dog or cat licks milk.
To lick the dust, to be slain; to fall in battle. “His enemies shall lick the dust.” --Ps. lxxii. 9.
To lick into shape, to give proper form to; -- from a notion that the bear's cubs are born shapeless and subsequently formed by licking. --Hudibras.
To lick the spittle of, to fawn upon. --South.
To lick up, to take all of by licking; to devour; to consume entirely. --Shak. --Num. xxii. 4.
1. A stroke of the tongue in licking. “A lick at the honey pot.”
2. A quick and careless application of anything, as if by a stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a tongue; as, to put on colors with a lick of the brush. Also, a small quantity of any substance so applied. [Colloq.]
A lick of court whitewash. --Gray.
3. A place where salt is found on the surface of the earth, to which wild animals resort to lick it up; -- often, but not always, near salt springs. Called also salt lick. [U. S.]
Lick, v. t. To strike with repeated blows for punishment; to flog; to whip or conquer, as in a pugilistic encounter. [Colloq. or Low]
Lick, n. A slap; a quick stroke. [Colloq.] “A lick across the face.”
n 1: a salt deposit that animals regularly lick [syn: salt lick]
2: touching with the tongue; "the dog's laps were warm and wet"
3: (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his
nose" [syn: punch, clout, poke, biff]
v 1: beat thoroughly in a competition or fight; "We licked the
other team on Sunday!" [syn: bat, clobber, drub, thrash]
2: pass the tongue over; "the dog licked her hand" [syn: lap]
3: find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand
the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out
your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation
isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did
you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"
[syn: solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, work]
4: take up with the tongue; "The cat lapped up the milk"; "the
cub licked the milk from its mother's breast" [syn: lap,