Tick·et n. A small piece of paper, cardboard, or the like, serving as a notice, certificate, or distinguishing token of something. Specifically: --
(a) A little note or notice. [Obs. or Local]
He constantly read his lectures twice a week for above forty years, giving notice of the time to his auditors in a ticket on the school doors. --Fuller.
(b) A tradesman's bill or account. [Obs.]
Note: ☞ Hence the phrase on ticket, on account; whence, by abbreviation, came the phrase on tick. See 1st Tick.
Your courtier is mad to take up silks and velvets
On ticket for his mistress. --J. Cotgrave.
(c) A certificate or token of right of admission to a place of assembly, or of passage in a public conveyance; as, a theater ticket; a railroad or steamboat ticket.
(d) A label to show the character or price of goods.
(e) A certificate or token of a share in a lottery or other scheme for distributing money, goods, or the like.
(f) Politics A printed list of candidates to be voted for at an election; a set of nominations by one party for election; a ballot. [U. S.]
The old ticket forever! We have it by thirty-four votes. --Sarah Franklin (1766).
Scratched ticket, a ticket from which the names of one or more of the candidates are scratched out.
Split ticket, a ticket representing different divisions of a party, or containing candidates selected from two or more parties.
Straight ticket, a ticket containing the regular nominations of a party, without change.
Ticket day Com., the day before the settling or pay day on the stock exchange, when the names of the actual purchasers are rendered in by one stockbroker to another. [Eng.] --Simmonds.
Ticket of leave, a license or permit given to a convict, or prisoner of the crown, to go at large, and to labor for himself before the expiration of his sentence, subject to certain specific conditions. [Eng.] --Simmonds.
Ticket porter, a licensed porter wearing a badge by which he may be identified. [Eng.]
Tick·et, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ticketed; p. pr. & vb. n. Ticketing.]
1. To distinguish by a ticket; to put a ticket on; as, to ticket goods.
2. To furnish with a tickets; to book; as, to ticket passengers to California. [U. S.]
n 1: a commercial document showing that the holder is entitled to
something (as to ride on public transportation or to
enter a public entertainment)
2: a summons issued to an offender (especially to someone who
violates a traffic regulation)
3: a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run
for election to public offices [syn: slate]
4: the appropriate or desirable thing; "this car could be just
the ticket for a small family" [syn: just the ticket]
v 1: issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty; "I was fined for
parking on the wrong side of the street"; "Move your car
or else you will be ticketed!" [syn: fine]
2: provide with a ticket for passage or admission; "Ticketed
passengers can board now"