Prick v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pricked p. pr. & vb. n. Pricking.]
1. To pierce slightly with a sharp-pointed instrument or substance; to make a puncture in, or to make by puncturing; to drive a fine point into; as, to prick one with a pin, needle, etc.; to prick a card; to prick holes in paper.
2. To fix by the point; to attach or hang by puncturing; as, to prick a knife into a board.
The cooks prick it [a slice] on a prong of iron. --Sandys.
3. To mark or denote by a puncture; to designate by pricking; to choose; to mark; -- sometimes with off.
Some who are pricked for sheriffs. --Bacon.
Let the soldiers for duty be carefully pricked off. --Sir W. Scott.
Those many, then, shall die: their names are pricked. --Shak.
4. To mark the outline of by puncturing; to trace or form by pricking; to mark by punctured dots; as, to prick a pattern for embroidery; to prick the notes of a musical composition.
5. To ride or guide with spurs; to spur; to goad; to incite; to urge on; -- sometimes with on, or off.
Who pricketh his blind horse over the fallows. --Chaucer.
The season pricketh every gentle heart. --Chaucer.
My duty pricks me on to utter that. --Shak.
6. To affect with sharp pain; to sting, as with remorse. “I was pricked with some reproof.”
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart. --Acts ii. 37.
7. To make sharp; to erect into a point; to raise, as something pointed; -- said especially of the ears of an animal, as a horse or dog; and usually followed by up; -- hence, to prick up the ears, to listen sharply; to have the attention and interest strongly engaged. “The courser . . . pricks up his ears.”
8. To render acid or pungent. [Obs.]
9. To dress; to prink; -- usually with up. [Obs.]
10. Naut (a) To run a middle seam through, as the cloth of a sail. (b) To trace on a chart, as a ship's course.
11. Far. (a) To drive a nail into (a horse's foot), so as to cause lameness. (b) To nick.
1. That which pricks, penetrates, or punctures; a sharp and slender thing; a pointed instrument; a goad; a spur, etc.; a point; a skewer.
Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary. --Shak.
It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. --Acts ix. 5.
2. The act of pricking, or the sensation of being pricked; a sharp, stinging pain; figuratively, remorse. “The pricks of conscience.”
3. A mark made by a pointed instrument; a puncture; a point. Hence: (a) A point or mark on the dial, noting the hour. [Obs.] “The prick of noon.” --Shak. (b) The point on a target at which an archer aims; the mark; the pin. “They that shooten nearest the prick.” --Spenser. (c) A mark denoting degree; degree; pitch. [Obs.] “To prick of highest praise forth to advance.” --Spenser. (d) A mathematical point; -- regularly used in old English translations of Euclid. (e) The footprint of a hare. [Obs.]
4. Naut. A small roll; as, a prick of spun yarn; a prick of tobacco.
Prick, v. i.
1. To be punctured; to suffer or feel a sharp pain, as by puncture; as, a sore finger pricks.
2. To spur onward; to ride on horseback.
A gentle knight was pricking on the plain. --Spenser.
3. To become sharp or acid; to turn sour, as wine.
4. To aim at a point or mark.
n 1: insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or
irritating or ridiculous [syn: asshole, bastard, cocksucker,
dickhead, shit, mother fucker, motherfucker, whoreson,
son of a bitch, SOB]
2: a depression scratched or carved into a surface [syn: incision,
scratch, slit, dent]
3: obscene terms for penis [syn: cock, dick, shaft, pecker,
peter, tool, putz]
4: the act of puncturing with a small point; "he gave the
balloon a small prick" [syn: pricking]
v 1: make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn; "The
nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample"
2: cause a stinging pain; "The needle pricked his skin" [syn: sting,
3: raise; "The dog pricked up his ears" [syn: prick up, cock
4: prod or urge as if with a log stick [syn: goad]
5: cause a prickling sensation [syn: prickle]
6: to cause a sharp emotional pain; "The thought of her
unhappiness pricked his conscience"
7: deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday" [syn: sting,