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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.